Monday, August 5, 2013

Feeding Time at the Zoo

Apple had never fed herself in the orphange, of course, and her first hand surgery was only three months ago, so she doesn't really know how to use her thumbs. Part of her therapy is to get her to use them, so feeding herself is one great way to learn. However, feeding is a serious bonding tool, so I'm careful to maintain the nurturing that feeding her provides, while introducing her to self-feeding. The first time, she cried and cried. The second time, she cried briefly, then remembered what to do. The third time, she didn't cry at all and knew to grab the spoon. Now, her instincts are kicking in and she's interested in feeding herself sometimes.

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