We did have a better day today. Coincidence? Prayer? The lack of oil I gave him yesterday? Who knows. I just know I'll take it.
He snacked well and ate a whole sandwich for lunch. (The rest of the center had taco lasagna, but they made Robbie a grilled turkey & cheese because of the corn. I love them.)Dinner brought panic and pleasure.
I made him some meatballs & veggie bites. He's previously refused to try the meatballs although I was pretty sure he'd love them if he'd just try. He has been braver about new things lately, so I gave it a shot. I cut one into 4 pieces. Small enough to put in his mouth but big enough to need chewing. Apparently he didn't think he needed to chew it and choked. I don't mean gagged, but actual choking where I could hear him wheezing a small amount of air around the lodged food. David pounded on his back as I flashed back to my Heimlich training and rushed over to start. Just about that time, he got it up. I asked nervously if David was sure he was breathing. (Yes.)
I thought for certain dinner was over then, but after David broke the meatballs up even smaller, Robbie proceeded to eat almost 5 of them. We left a few whole and he even nibbled on those. I guess they were big enough he knew he had to bite those.
David and I were having burritos. As we were preparing things, Robbie pointed to each ingredient and wanted to touch it. He refused everything except the bag of shredded cheese. And then he was in heaven. He likes cheese anyway, but I've never seen him stuff something in his mouth so quickly. It was awesome- two handfuls at a time.
After the 4th or 5th refill, I grabbed the camera to record for posterity. I wanted to get him to take a drink of water while I was filming so everyone could see that, too. (He's getting so good at it. He can drink without spilling now! If only he'd drink more than 2 oz a day.) I didn't succeed in catching drinking, but you do get to hear him speaking a little. And you get to see his cute little wink when he points. When he points to something at a distance, he squints one eye and turns his head like "if you just look RIGHT over there..."
It's pretty cute.
Without further ado: Robbie Eats Cheese.