Thursday, May 30, 2013

Music, Eating Issues Continue, and Straws!

Sometimes it surprises me the individuality of my children.  Mason is my 7th child and loves music.  We have known that for a while, he ‘dances’ to music when it catches his attention.  On Sunday at church he was watching the chorister lead the congregation in singing hymns and started waving his arm to conduct.  It was adorable to see but I figured it would be short-lived, only happening while there was an example in front of him.100_2818I should have known better.  I’ve been turning music on to listen to at different times during the day lately.  Both yesterday and today Mason has spent time ‘conducting’ the music.  Neither time did he have a visual example, he simply heard the music and remembered what to do.  At 16 months old! 

One reason this excites me is that waving his arm around like that is a great workout for Mason’s balance and core strength.  It shifts his body’s balance as he reaches and moves with the music.  Shh!  Don’t tell him it’s physical therapy! 

100_2810The other thing he learned to do just today is drink from a straw.  I’m pretty sure I need to explain why that is a big deal.  You see, Mason still has some eating/oral issues.  He eats solids finally but if it is something being fed to him with a spoon, like oatmeal for breakfast, we have a problem.  Mason doesn’t shut his mouth to get the food off the spoon.  He will literally just sit there with his mouth open.  You have to scrape the food off using his upper teeth.  And if you refuse then he will eventually back away from the spoon and give up on eating instead of closing his mouth. 

He also had up to this point refused to suck on any sort of water bottle top or straw.  It’s important he learn this so he can get enough water in each day to help combat his constipation (which is complicated by his bladder medicine).  We’ve tried many different sippy cups, straws, regular cups.  No go. 

Today he finally closed his mouth around the straw on this water bottle.  Then he accidentally sucked on the straw and got water.  He was shocked.  Then he was delighted and has spent a large portion of the day playing with and drinking from his water bottle.

Drinking from a straw will also mean Mason can drink without laying down.  Remember his core strength isn’t enough to balance in a sitting position and tip up a sippy cup or sit without both hands?  So he has still had to lay down in our arms or on the floor every time he wanted to drink anything.  At 16 months old.  While he still needs to use at least one hand for balance he can finally drink while sitting!

Has closing his mouth on a straw translated to closing his mouth on a spoon?  Not yet, but it will eventually.  It is just another example of how many small skills go into one activity that, up to now, we’ve taken for granted. 


  1. Wow. What a coincidence. Our bubs are nearly the same age and my little guy just figured out the straw thing today also! I was excited. Not nearly as excited as you are though, lol! Way to go, Mason! What a clever little fella you are!

    Christine, proud mom of 8 from Ontario... and another little bun in the oven now too :-)

  2. What an incredible day for Mason (and you!!) We have all been praying for you that angels will be round about as you welcome your newest little one into the world! I have noticed that even with Noah (who is developmentally delayed), there were certain things he learned how to do right before our new baby arrived. I like to think angels taught him and explained to him that if he could do those little things, it would be much easier for mom to take care of the new baby. Maybe it's just fanciful thinking, but I like the idea... ♥

  3. YAY Mason!! I love reading about Mason's accomplishments! My favorite thing in sacrament meeting is when I see little ones trying to lead the music. So sweet!!


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