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Age EIGHT!!!

Today is the official day!  When I look back over these pictures of Torin with her birthday cakes, it reminds me of how far we’ve come.  For those of you who don’t know, she was diagnosed as “failure to thrive” shortly after her first birthday, which qualified her for occupational therapy and speech/feeding therapy for a full year.  (Before that, I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing as “feeding therapy.”)  When most babies were eating solid foods, Torin was busy gagging on strained pears, applesauce, and anything else that we tried to spoon into her mouth.  She would not swallow anything other than milk or Pediasure.  It was a very, very stressful time for us (and keep in mind that when she was 17 months old, I gave birth to Parker… yeah, I was a hormonal wreck).  Fortunately, thanks to lots of prayers and wonderful therapists, she managed to outgrow the gagging response.  I can remember the very first thing she actually reached for and ate voluntarily - it was a big fat orange Cheeto – and I cried.  :)

You can see in these pictures that she got very stressed out when she saw her first birthday cake (which she did not eat).  For her 2nd birthday, she is actually pushing the cake AWAY from her (while my mother tried unsuccesfully to feed her).  By the third birthday, praise the Lord, she actually ate her cupcake, and it’s been pretty smooth sailing since then!

We celebrated Torin’s 8th birthday a few weeks early with a swimming party at the Opryland Hotel and a big Krispy Kreme cake!  Happy Birthday, Torin!