Today this momma watched with tears of joy as our little fighter latched on to a bottle and drank four cc’s of milk without a single gag! After refusing to let the nipple in her mouth on Friday and then another long weekend of painful withdrawal from the methadone, this was a huge step forward.
So what does this mean in terms of Harper’s future? It means that her brain surgeries did not cause permanent damage that would forever prevent her from being able to swallow! This was a concern of the doctors and therapists, and they weren’t sure she would learn to swallow enough to eat on her own. Today’s progress gave them confidence that one day she will be able to solely feed by mouth.
There is a however, though. Today she managed four cc’s… She currently takes over one hundred in a single feeding period, and that number is steadily increasing as she continues to grow (speaking of, she hit the ten pound mark this weekend!). Based on that, her speech therapist does anticipate a g-tube surgery in our future. It’s just a matter of when and where, but she said today that they know now that it won’t be something she has to keep forever.
Praising God today for another victory and for all of our prayer warrior friends who keep praying us home! So thankful that we can rest in the promise of my favorite scripture (Rom. 5:3-5)… “hope does not disappoint…”