monkeys and marbles

the joy of corn

Posted on: September 16, 2007

it was a busy day, so we ended up throwing together something quick for dinner…breaded fish sticks, baked beans, kernel corn and a fresh-baked whole wheat baguette (okay…before you get the idea that i’m some kinda martha stewart nut, it was one of those frozen baguettes that you throw in the oven for 15 minutes…who has time to bake fresh bread???). nothing fancy.

as usual, we put a little of everything on each of the boys’ plates. as usual, Logan had no trouble scarfing down whatever was fed to him. and, as usual, Zander just pushed around the food on his plate, and used some of his many distractionary tactics to buy him some time so that he didn’t have to eat.

and then it happened. Zander picked up a kernel of corn….and he put it in his mouth. Carlos and i froze, knowing from experience that if we said anything…even praise…he would get spooked and spit it out.

we watched eagerly…anxiously…our breaths caught in our throats.

he chewed….then he swallowed…”dat good!” he said with a smile. and he kept going, too…kernel after kernel, he happily ate corn. from his plate…from his daddy’s plate. hubby and i smiled at each other…what an amazing bit of progress. he’s never eaten kernel corn before, only pureed corn.

that’s when it hit me like a slap in the face…the realization that my son…my 2 years, 4 months and 13 day old little boy had never experienced something so simple as eating a kernel of corn.

cue the tears.

but they were tears of joy. this is the biggest improvement in Zander’s eating disorder that we’ve seen since starting both his therapy and his iron drops.

so here i sit…it’s the end of the day…and instead feeling helpless, hopeless and dejected like i usually do, my spirits are high…even if just for tonight. ’cause tonight, my boy done ate him some corn!


10 Responses to "the joy of corn"

Wow, I understand your excitement. Reading this made my eyes well with tears. I’m so happy for you. Corn today…who knows what tomorrow!

I’m so happy, eyes welling with tears too!

Yippy for corn!!!

That’s great!!!

I’ve just caught up with your last 5 posts. I’m one handed right now, sorry for scrimping on comments…

That’s incredible! Yeah for corn! Maybe, and here I go, always trying to make everything one little bit better, but maybe one day you can get him to do corny cornbread, sneak a little cheese in…who knows? This is a huge, happy, sundrenched step! Yeah for you guys!

Corn is great!

(Now if only we didn’t have to… you know… see that corn again on the other side.)

It’s funny how we often take these simple pleasures for granted. I’m so happy for him!

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