Ben seems to think that he has cracked the code to feeding Josiah – and he may just have. Today the feeds were drastically better than they ever have been. Josiah ate more in one setting than he ever has in his life. Each feed appeared to be getting a little better. Josiah has, for the most part, stopped doing the tricks he used to do to prevent a feed (falling asleep, shaking his head, not swallowing, vomiting, gaging, etc…) This has really helped the feeds go a lot quicker. Although Josiah didn’t gain any weight today (he actually lost) he has gained some new skills – which is far more important!
The plan now remains – this week Ben perfects how to feed Josiah and gets him adjusted to it and then next week trains us how to do it. He has already warned me that the techniques he has developed to feed Josiah are not necessarily all that easy to pick up. It will probably take us several days to learn. It is also expected that when we take over feeding from Ben that Josiah will try all of his tricks again on us – but it should take a lot less time for us to break him in than it did Ben. And the journey continues…….
PS – Thanks to everyone who has supported us in any way during this whole process. It is amazing to finally have Josiah off of the feeding tube. I am not sure of any other way we could have made this happen. Keep the prayers coming!