"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Letter to Connie's OT

Tonight while in the bath, Connie played more than ever. Splashing and laughing and guess what else? He desperately grabbed at the cup we use to rinse his hair and drank out of it. That's right, he won't eat or drink anything nourishing, but he'll drink bathwater! I told Greg and he laughed and joked that he didn't care if he drank gasoline. It was still progress. I saw two really good swallows and that was after he accidentally got a mouthful and coughed a lot--he still wanted more. I got some of those wagon wheel finger foods and he's been playing with those and the puffs but his favorite is a strawberry nutrigrain bar that he gets all gooey and stuck to his fingers and then mouths all during mealtimes. Tonight he had some cheerios that stuck but I don't think he actually got those into his mouth. The motor control is difficult for him but I don't dare try to do it for him. He doesn't even want to take it out of my hand if he drops it (seems scared) and he wants to find it himself again. I'm tempted to get some milk the next time he takes a bath and see if he'll drink it out of the same cup. Can you believe he will drink the bathwater? He has been making hungry noises with his mouth more today. I'm sure it is because he has barely thrown up. He threw up a small amount after his 7am feeding, a medium amount after his 11am feeding and nothing since (it's now 9pm and two feedings later).

Anyway, I just wanted to pass on the good news and couldn't wait until next Tuesday! I was going to give you trouble and tell you that in the "race" between you and Deb, she was winning because he is making remarkable progress physically. Apparently, though, he likes you and wants to impress you and didn't want me to tell you that and hurt your feelings!

Erin Beckemeier


Anonymous said...

What a difference a day or two makes. This is such an aweseom letter, it's great to hear how well he did. Chuckling out loud that he drank bathwater! Whatever works! And I'm so happy to hear that he's keeping feedings down better. The power of prayer, it's an awesome thing...

We've had our first snow, about 4 inches, I guess that means that winter is really here. I shouldn't complain, it is the beginning of December, it could have been here a month ago. I hope you have a great weekend and love to hear about his progress!

Love ya, Caryn

Anonymous said...

I was so happy to read this letter. Conway is surely making progress. I just watched all of your other videos that I had never seen, and Conway "talks" more than my March baby does. It's so great to hear him so happy. You all are always in my prayers.

Stacie Kuhlman

Shari said...


I am excited he did that, even if it was bathwater. It is a step in the right direction. Silly boy! :-)
I hope he continues to progress. Try not to get discouraged, he will get there.

Lovingly and prayerfully,


Kim Froehlich said...


What a funny story! I'm so glad to hear Connie is making such progress! Hey, at least it's something going down and not coming up!!

I'm also glad to hear the good news about Mary Kathleen's little mole. Your family is deserving of some good news!!

Connie, keep up the great progress and I will check in next week.

Lots of Love,
Kim Froehlich

H. James said...

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Way to go with keeping your feeds down & sampling the bathwater! We are shivering here in Wisconsin, but ecstatic for your progress.
Heather, Tim & Bailey James

Anonymous said...

Erin, Last night your Mom and Dad came into Dennys Resturant and I am a server there and we were talking about Conway.And they said I could come here to see his story and see pictures of him.I just wanted to let you and them know that I did visit the site and that Conway is very cute just like they said.That my family and I will keep him in our prayers and I will keep coming back for updates. from Billie lanniebrown@yahoo.com