Wow! It really has been a long time since I have updated this site. In the past several months, I have been completely swamped with work, parenting, school, etc. I always have a full plate of responsibilities and have had to allocate my time to other things that are more important. I am sure most parents would understand this. Unfortunately, my blog has once again taken a backseat to other more important items on my agenda. However, I do plan to keep this site going as I plan to continue to discuss my adventures into parenting and whatever else it is I do in life.
With that said, these past few months have brought forth a few more complications with Oliver. Of course, the problem of not eating is still apparent but it is getting better. With the help of his therapist, he has been able to overcome some of his obstacles and is now eating a little more foods than before. Previously, he would only eat crunchy foods like chips and of course Oreos. In the time sense, we have been able to expose his taste buds to chicken fries, thanks to a good suggestion from my mother-in-law. Oliver will now ask for these and will voluntarily eat 3-5 of them in one sitting. However he still wants to eat his Oreos at the end of the meal, but we use them as a reward now and he only gets them if he eats his chicken fries or something else that isn’t a cookie. This reward system doesn’t always work because he will refuse to eat anything at all so it’s difficult to deny him a cookie when he won’t eat anything else. We don’t cave in easily, especially Nikki, but some meal times prove harder than others. None-the-less, we will keep trying to expose him to try new foods and try new methods. Eventually, I think he will become curious of what we are eating and want to try it. Until then, we will just keep trying.
Since we have made some headway in his feeding, we decided to begin potty training. We didn’t have high hopes at first, but getting him familiar with the potty was our intention at the time. He actually did pretty well at first, but then a major problem occurred. Oliver has always struggled with severe constipation, and this problem became even more serious shortly after we began the potty training. There was about a month where the problem became severe enough that we took him to the doctor, on more than one occasion, because he had gone extended periods of time without passing any stool. These periods of time were about four to seven days long and his abdomen would become hard, we could tell he was uncomfortable, he couldn’t sleep at night, and the Miralax that we had been giving him was obviously not working, even at high dosages. We were repeatedly advised to follow a strict Miralax and water routine, but frustrations only increase when this routine failed. Eventually he did pass something, and when he did, it was like a poop bomb went off. It was pretty much awful so I will spare the details!
Even though we never gave up on the potty training, the sever constipation became a cycle that really hindered progress with potty training. To this day, constipation is still a major problem for him, but a steady flow of Miralax and water seems to have regulated him to some extent. According to his doctor, his colon has expanded to a point where he will need a steady flow of Miralax, to prevent any withholdings in order to shrink his colon back down to a normal size. If anyone is wondering, we did ask the doctor about other methods and other medications to help with this problem, but it was advised to stay with water and Miralax because nothing else is safe for such a small child. I wish there was something else we could do, but it’s difficult when he won’t eat. I am really hoping this is a problem that becomes less severe as time goes on. We will have to keep trying new foods and new techniques to get him to eat. I really think getting him to eat, like a normal developing child, will be the key to solving some of the issues he has had.