A lovely experience today. We went to visit Daniel’s Great Grannie during Sunday lunchtime at the residential community where she lives. She has had several strokes in the past few years and now has her meals in the ‘assisted dining room’. I’d taken some of our newly acquired baby snacks with us so that Daniel could join in the mealtime, but the staff are so lovely and so taken with Daniel that they offered him some of the food they were serving to the residents. One of the carers asked if I’d like some puree for Daniel – readily available, since several of the residents now have to have their meals in pureed form – but I asked if he could have a stem of broccoli instead. They brought him one over and I split it into four smaller bits, and Daniel sat beautifully on my lap and munched away at his broccoli (alternating with his biscuit and cheese puffs) while Great Grannie Ellie ate her pureed Sunday roast! It was so special that they could share a mealtime together.
Then he was offered dessert! A choice of jelly or rice pudding. I opted for the latter on his behalf, and the staff warmed him up a bowl and brought it over to us with a plastic spoon that was just perfect for him. And he thoroughly enjoyed the rice pudding – carefully and precisely managing several spoonfuls to his mouth and persisting away at each one until he’d sucked it almost clean. I felt so proud of him!
He has eaten really well today. He’d been a bit off the past few days – tired and not very interested in solid food (or milk, for that matter). Jon and I had a mild stomach bug a couple of days ago so maybe he was experiencing the same and today his appetite was just back on track. Sweet potato and normal potato wedges (some bits of which were given on a spoon once it got too mushy to pick up), followed by a Petit Filous were all polished off at tea time. Petit Filous has become known among our NCT group as ‘baby crack’. They all love it!