Miss M = 1, Sippy Cup = 0

I honestly don’t know why this is, exactly, but you are supposed to be off of your bottle and drinking everything from a sippy by the time you have your palate surgery (about 5 weeks from now).  I bought a sippy cup a while ago, one with a squishy, flat nipple that toddlers generally chew on and suck on concurrently to get liquid out of (a bite valve type of thing).  I used these with your brother at first, too, and then he chewed through them all so we switched to sippies with a hard spout.

Over the last couple of weeks, it was reiterated to us about four times that we need to transition you to drinking from a sippy – first at the follow up appointment with the surgeon, then when we took you to their specialist dentist, then when we talked to the speech therapist, then when I ran into the nurse coordinator for the team when we were in the building visiting another specialist.  Yes, I know.  We need to start the sippy.  We’ve kind of started (meaning I had one sitting in the cabinet at home).

So, this past weekend, I decided it was time to start.  We’re no longer worried about your weight being sufficient for surgery, you have gotten the all clear, and the surgery is scheduled and coming up fast.  So.  I managed to get it in your mouth the first few times.  You’d chew, the milk would spill out in a way that was very different from your current bottle, and then you’d get mad and start screaming.

You are currently fed with a standard fast flow nipple on a bottle that is shaped like an oval, instead of a circle, and made of a more flexible plastic so that the person feeding can squeeze the bottle gently and the milk comes out in a semi-controlled stream.  We have used this bottle since your birth, starting with slow flow nipples, gradually increasing the flow of the nipple (just the size of the hole at the tip) whenever it seemed like you could handle swallowing a bit more volume at a time.  Each nipple change was a new learning process – a new pressure for the adult to squeeze, a new angle to tilt, a new rate of pausing, to figure out how to calibrate the flow with the amount you could handle swallowing.  Gradually, over time, we’d squeeze the bottle a little more, as you became more competent at swallowing the milk.  I don’t remember there being a whole lot of fighting the nipple changes, or resistance on your part to each change.  The shape/size/texture remained similar, the bottle was the same, so maybe you just didn’t even notice the difference (and you were younger – we’ve had you on the fastest flow nipples for about 4 months now).

I figured it would take time, so I’d continue just offering the sippy, then feeding you with a bottle, until you gradually started drinking more and more from the sippy.  You, apparently, have other plans Miss M.  At this point, you are kicking the sippy away and screaming when I pick it up and attempt to bring it towards your face.  You are NOT letting that thing even get close to you.  Like it’s offended you in some way.

I have a couple other recommended types on order -hopefully the different shapes and colors will confuse you into letting us try to feed you with them again.  But I’m begining to think we might end up having to go cold turkey, if this continues.  It seems easy – just let you cry until you finally eat, you won’t starve yourself, right?

We did the cold turkey method to toilet train your brother – took off the diapers, put on the underwear, congrats, you are a big boy now.  I had never seen a two year old look like he was just melting from stress and pressure, until that weekend.  It did work, eventually.  Sure wasn’t the easiest transition.  Survival of the fittest.

You are definitely a survivor, Miss M, so I know in the end it would be ok if we went this route.  But I sure hate to put you through yet another traumatic experience.  Time to buy every single sippy I can get my hands on.


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