Today we went to the doctor for a follow up visit, and I was assured up and down that Adrienne was doing great. It turns out that the fever is the result of something viral, so besides getting tylenol when needed, no other meds are necessary. She has been happy and content, although a little more lethargic and less active than normal, but it makes sense since her body has been through quite an ordeal over the past few days! The stress of a seizure combined with the energy her body is exerting fighting the virus has her just plain tuckered out, but she is on the mend, and more importantly, no permanent damage has been done.
And now that I can rest easy on that front, I'd like to talk about the other issue that has been my constant antagonist over the past three months. Something that, I've got to tell you, I really can't relate to, as it has to do a complete rejection of all kinds of food. Adrienne will not eat anything solid. And when I say will not, I mean it in a she-would-rather-be-tortured-than-be-forced-to-eat-something-solid kind of way.
First I tried putting little finger foods on her high chair tray, cheerios, green beens, turkey, etc., with hopes that she would begin feeding herself. No luck. Next I tried putting tiny bits of food directly in her mouth, but we found this is where the real resistance began. Adrienne clamps her mouth shut and then begins turning her head as far as her neck will allow in the direction farthest away from the offending food. Again, this was a no go. After that I tried putting solids on her spoon and feeding her that way. Generally this method gets one piece of food in her mouth because it takes one try before she realizes I'm not giving her baby food. But I still wouldn't label this technique as successful since it almost always results in her spitting the food back out onto her shirt. So, to put it mildly, I'm baffled.
I really don't know what else to try besides persistence. It such a strange concept to me, to dislike solid food with such a passion. And that's really what it is. She doesn't just not care for it; she abhors it. With Marianna I gave her almost nothing but fruits and veggies, trying to keep her diet as healthy as possible, but since Adrienne has proved to be a real challenge where food is concerned, I've tried almost everything. Cookie, cake, and brownies are all equally disliked and thrown to the ground. Meat, cheese, and fruit aren't ever given a chance. Really, the only thing that has had any kind of repeated success is a french fry. For some reason, she is okay with eating a solid, like a fry, that she is able to hold in her hand and gradually eat.
So that's where we stand. She is so small, weighing just over 16 pounds, that I can't really stop giving her the baby food when she refuses to eat solids. It just seems to me like she needs the calories! But where does that leave me?
In a pickle.