Blaise has gone a week without her feeding pump. We haven't weighed her, but we have her 15 month well-baby check-up on Friday, so we'll see how she's doing then. We've begun the whole milk trials. So far so good. The nutritionist told us that, theoretically, Blaise has adequate intestine to tolerate regular milk. Then she paused, grinned a little and said, "Theoretically." We know what she meant. Short gut kids are total enigmas because none of them are enough alike to provide good, generalizable data. We're scientists; we get that. It's still a pain to not be able to make real predictions. But, so far, whole milk seems okay.
Blaise has also rediscovered avocados and graham crackers and cheerios have surpassed peas as favorite foods. She has become much more daring in her standing/walking attempts. Still no long-term unsupported standing or walking, but she can go an awfully long way holding onto fingers. She also dances while sitting (holds her hands in front of her and twists at the waist; this is both super-cute and a *perfect* occupational therapy exercise). We got her a CD of New Orleans music and she figured out how to make her CD player play "Choo choo ch boogie" over and over. Really, less tech savvy in the toddler might be a good thing.
The French Team (a.k.a., Mathieu, Julie and Little Erin) are arriving tomorrow afternoon. Blaise has only seen Little Erin on Skype but I have a feeling that they'll be fast friends. Can one city handle two such adorable girls? Only one way to find out.