Toes company

Stella would be very happy if left naked and able to nibble on her toes all day long. That's right. Today, she finally, after many past efforts, put her foot in her mouth, and chomped on her big toe. And then she kept doing it. Over and over. She is talking more and more. Making… Continue reading Toes company

A “grand” day

Today, Stella enjoyed 1000 mls from the bottle. It's our family's equivalent of breaking the sound barrier, or walking on the moon. It's historic and worthy of endless news coverage. I just fed her. It's such a lovely, peaceful, fulfilling, loving experience--even if it's not breastfeeding anymore! We sit in the rocking chair next to… Continue reading A “grand” day

Days 22 through 25: Stella got her groove back

As Stella's occupational therapist put it, "Stella has internalized the joy of eating." Her feeding aversion is, well, history. A memory. Though not a distant memory, of course. We still get nervous if she goes for a long stretch without eating. We still watch her eating behavior like mama and papa hawks, and breathe a… Continue reading Days 22 through 25: Stella got her groove back

Days 18, 19 and 20: Stella turns a corner!

I love Christmas. A tree is a must, of course. In fact, a Christmas tree really has to be at least six feet tall for it to feel right to me. I've been collecting ornaments for years and love every one of them. Now that we live in a house, I wanted to decorate the porch with lights so… Continue reading Days 18, 19 and 20: Stella turns a corner!

Days 16 and 17: Sweet, sweet progress!

Today, Stella had 700 mls, which makes it a great day. It's all part of her overall upward trend in bottle feeding. I'm excited report is that Stella is no longer swaddled. At all. She is not swaddled when she sleeps, nor when she eats! This is huge! She seems more able to calm herself, which is… Continue reading Days 16 and 17: Sweet, sweet progress!

Days 12 and 13: A big meltdown. A bigger milestone.

I am an incredibly emotional and sensitive person. After reflecting on this and how it relates to my new role, I said to my own mom, while she was here to offer desperately needed support for almost three weeks when Stella's tube was put in, "Motherhood will either break me, or make me incredibly strong."… Continue reading Days 12 and 13: A big meltdown. A bigger milestone.

Tube-free Stella: Days 9, 10 and 11

Stella is doing well. She is teething, however, which is throwing us all for a drool-covered loop. I can feel the bumps, the beginnings of teeth, in her gums. She cries with a bit more intensity and more often, gnaws on Sophie like she's made of candy, and while she is still her usual energetic… Continue reading Tube-free Stella: Days 9, 10 and 11

Tube-free Stella: Days 6 and 7

Weaning continues to go well! It's hard to believe that the tube has been gone for one week. Though I must say, we've quickly gotten used to life without it--even our old nemesis, worry, is fading a bit each day. We look at pictures of her with the tube and marvel at what we've all… Continue reading Tube-free Stella: Days 6 and 7

Tube-free Stella: Day 2

Can't sleep so I thought I'd write a quick update. Weaning seems to be going well. Stella is happy and eating pretty often. As is expected over the course of her complete transition from the tube to the bottle, her volume will increase over time. I am struggling to let go of my obsession with counting every milliliter… Continue reading Tube-free Stella: Day 2

Merry Christmas!

I thought Stella's holiday outfit made her look like a candy cane. Cody said it made her look like an escapee from Leprechaun Prison. Either way, she looked adorable. Sleepy after eating too much ham and sweet potato pie, it's time for us to hit the hay. Just wanted to wish everyone a very happy… Continue reading Merry Christmas!