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Tamara, Little T and the magic beans

Last night we went to a lovely party and my friend Tamara performed a feeding miracle with src's turkey chili.

Little T ate at least 30 kidney beans. He's never eaten that much in an entire day before! Tamara put each kidney bean on a spoon. He took the kidney bean between his finger and forefinger, put it in his mouth, chewed and swallowed it like a normal person. I was so shocked and amazed and happy.

He will sit and eat for fifteen minutes. But normally eating one tiny toddler bite of food literally consists of a one-minute inspection. It's a combination of a fine food taster, a royal food tester for poison, and toddler food masher. He twists and turns his morsel of food inspecting it from every angle. His eyes squint suspiciously. If the food fails some part of his test, he throws it on the floor. Next he delicately touches the food to his lips. Then he inspects it again and puts it whole in his mouth. He spits it out and inspects again. Then he chews it once, carefully extracts it from his mouth, and inspects again. It takes a very long time to eat a piece of food if you can only handle tiny pieces and take out the pieces between each bite. Therefore in fifteen minutes of eating he manages to eat only one to two tablespoons of food.

A couple days ago he ate half a sausage and we were also amazed. I think switching to Prilosec is really helping. Or his GI system is finally healing from the chemo and steroids. Or Tamara really is a miracle worker. But I hope for Little T's sake that he doesn't need Tamara to eat properly, because she lives in Vancouver.


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Jun. 26th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yay for Tamara!! :o)

I hope he doesn't get soured on beans when they start coming back out again! ;)

It could be that his eating style is his body's way of protecting it against more foreign invaders than it's already dealing with (tubes, drugs, procedures, etc) and now that he's healing, he and his body are getting more "trusting" of food.
Jun. 27th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
So far he's still keen on beans. Despite their reputation beans are the among the easiest protein to digest. I like your protection theory.
Jun. 27th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Oh, that's just the coolest thing. I am glad.
Jun. 27th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
Go, Little T, go!!!

I think it was something in the air yesterday and today. Charlotte started grabbing for "big kid" food and ate several noodles of mac and cheese (I was too stunned to count how many). Today she wanted my lunch instead of hers, so I gave it to her.

I think Charlotte will have to try kidney beans next.
Jun. 27th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Eating
Cool! Cheerios and goldfish are also winners with Little T.
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