JB’s feeding journey and the power of prayer!

by Karla Barnett on February 3, 2016

JB is an EXTREME picky eater. He eats specific types of crackers, yogurt, pretzels, nutrigrain bars, milk and water. I have taken him to an occupational and speech therapist to address his feeding issues but in order for the therapy to be effective, you are required to carry over the learning’s at home. It’s no different than the requirements to build muscle, you have to work at it. Working on his feeding issues at home was hard for me because it was such a struggle for him. He would break down in tears and the process felt uncomfortable for me and him. The introduction of new foods is a very frightening experience for kids with feeding disorders. I would see the fear on his face each time we tried a new food.

In November 2015, during one of our nightly praise and worship sessions, I completely broke down. My husband asked me what was going on and I shared with him that I felt like a failure as a mom. I’m taking the easy way out by letting JB eat the foods that he is comfortable with instead of working on the introduction of new food. We made a commitment to work on his feeding issues and started with bread. In an effort to not overwhelm him, we sliced the bread into four square pieces and asked him to take a small bite. My daughter, husband and I cheered him on, offering constant positive reinforcement. It took 30 minutes for him to take his first bite. You could see that eating this one bite of bread was very uncomfortable for him. He finished the small square and we danced, cheered and gave him praise. We were pretty consistent with working on his feeding for 3 weeks, then we went back to the normal routine….crackers, yogurt, nutrigrain bars, milk and water.

I needed HELP. I was feeling overwhelmed and realized I needed an intervention so I decided to turn everything over to God. I prayed very specific prayers and renounced feeding disorders on a daily basis. I even had JB do the same thing. The second week of January, JB asked for a piece of bacon for breakfast and my husband gave it to him. He ate the piece and asked that his dad get me on video chat so I could see the amazing milestone. Mind you, I had to pull over as I was driving to work. Later that evening, he went to the fridge, pulled out the bacon, asked for several pieces. In the last three weeks he as tried, cranberry and apple juice, a new type of yogurt, smoothie, waffle and ice cream. This morning, he packed a lunchables and I received a praise report from his teacher stating he ate all the cheese and most of the turkey………HUGE!!!

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Miss Shari February 3, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Way to go JB, mommy, daddy and sissy!!! You are the strongest people I know. I am so happy for you all!!! Keep writing. I’ve missed it.

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Karla Barnett February 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

He is an amazing little guy!!! I love seeing the progress!!!

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April Jones February 3, 2016 at 11:34 pm

God is Good!

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Karla Barnett February 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

Yes He Is!!!!

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TFowler February 4, 2016 at 1:06 am

What an awesome praise report KB! All God wants us to do is give it to Him. As reported, when you did He handled it. You two are the perfect parents for your amazing children. Both of you hand picked to care for, love, depositing God’s tenderness into their lives daily.
JB’s milestone is fantastic!!! Good stuff in and great results follow.

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Karla Barnett February 17, 2016 at 9:55 am

You are exactly right. He gets all the glory!!!! JB is awesome!!!!

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Adrienne February 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Thank you for the update Karla. You are a wonderful mom with an awesome family. Great job JB!!

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Karla Barnett February 17, 2016 at 9:54 am

Thanks Adrienne! So are you! JB is AWESOME!!!

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