I introduced Logan to solid foods when he was between 4 and 5 months old hoping that starting him early would help him develop the feeding skills he needs by the time he was a year old. I was hoping he would be chewing and swallowing well by now and enjoying eating, but that has yet to happen. In fact, I think he hates solid food more every day. He has always had problems with very thin foods so I have been thickening everything. When he tries to eat something that is too thin, it ends up shooting out of his mouth and he is also unable to swallow it. When he was younger I thought he was refusing to open his mouth for the spoon because he just wasn't used to eating yet, but now it is 7 months later and he still refuses to open his mouth most of the time and if he does open up, he only takes a few spoons fulls then he is locking his lips and turning his head away. He has almost never finished a jar of baby food and I tried real foods pureed and unpureed with no luck. He seems to like real food a little better, but he doesn't know how to keep the chunks in his mouth.
Yesterday, one of his therapists mentioned that we can expect him to be able to handle what we would expect from a baby at his developmental level, which would be about 7 months old. (It was hard to hear that said out loud for the first time.) So, I guess I feel like I was pushing him too hard. I am now trying to think of him as 7 months and we are going to start all over. I also wondered why he was only able to drink 6 ounces at a time. 11 month olds are supposed to be drinking 8 ounces, so I was worried that he wasn't getting enough. He also has not gained any weight since December. His doctor wasn't worried because he has always been heavier than babies his age, but as his Mom, I was worried that he wasn't gaining.
I feel like I did the wrong thing by starting foods early. I feel like I have been trying to feed him for so long with him resisting, that I have turned him off of food. I just wish I could go back and maybe if I would have waited longer, maybe he would like food more. I would give anything right now to see him finish his food and enjoy it.