It’s been 3 months since I last shared Matthews eating habits, and I’ve found that there’s been some substantial changes in that time. Mainly his appetite, but also some of his eating habits have been affected by his Sensory issues.
He is also a bit older at 22 months (18 months adjusted due to his prematurity) and so he is much more active and requiring more food to fuel his day.
So without nattering on i’ll just share what would be a normal day of eating for Matthew:
Matthew wakes around 8.30am (I know, I am sooooo lucky) and he has his Omeprazole medication, as even at this age he still suffers from quite bad reflux. He gets half a tablet (5mg) every morning with water and has to wait 20 minutes before eating to ensure that it is in his system.
He also gets his Abidec – which is a Multvitamin supplement he will get until he is 5 years old, and has been given since he was able to feed in the NICU.
It’s also worth noting that we still give Matthew Gaviscon before any meals that might be too rich. His milk is now Soy as opposed to dairy and so the formula is a bit thicker, removing the need for Gaviscon before he has a bottle but if it’s a heavy and rich dinner we will give him some of that with water before he eats.
Ok so now onto the actual food, now that all his medicine is done and dusted.
Matthews breakfasts vary so that he doesn’t get fed up eating the same thing, but generally speaking he has porridge with soy milk, added banana and I’ve been encouraging him to try different fruit as he’s quite fussy with textures. We tried strawberries the other day and it didn’t go down well… So that’s another one to add to the NO list. He only really drinks water or milk, occasionally trying a fruit juice, but he’s generally not a fan of anything else.
So this is what varies the most. If Matthew has had a busy morning and is really hungry then I will give him something more substantial, but most of the time this will satisfy any hunger pangs he has. We recently discovered these fun size Soy milks which have been great in encouraging him to drink the milk cold and not from a bottle. He will usually have that with some veggie crisps and an oat bar, these were flavours he ate that day, but we like to change that up too. These types of food are also good for him because he can eat them himself, without the use of a fork or a spoon (which he really struggles with).
So dinner time is our biggest challenge. As I said before Matthew is very out off my certain textured food and so we have discovered a small amount of dishes that he likes and will eat willingly. This night was Fish Fingers, but he will eat Tomato Pasta (as long as the pasta is small enough), Macaroni Cheese (again if the pasta is small), occasionally a Sausage if it is chopped up small enough and Potato in any form (mashed, chips, waffles the lot). He will follow his dinner with a pudding of some variety, that night being a Vanilla & Banana Bread Pudding from Ella’s Kitchen (which he loves), but his absolute favourite is the Alpro Chocolate Soya Dessert. He will then have a fruit smoothie pouch from Heinz and Water.
His day ends at around 8pm with a 9oz heated bottle of Alpro Growing Up Drink. By the time we get to this he is usually deadbeat and desperate for his “bobo” to soothe him and knock him off to sleep.
We are finally at a stage where he is eating pretty healthily and is gaining weight at an albeit slow, but steady enough pace that his Health Visitor and Doctors are quite happy. Having a happy balance of good food and medication has made all the difference.
It’s also worth noting that he has the occasional try of goodies, including an ice lolly with his daddy (as shown in the image at the beginning of the post) that turned out to be a messy affair! 🙂
No doubt the whole routine will have changed again in a few months, but I will be sure to keep you updated.