It's been a great couple weeks of summer, and so happy to finally get to enjoy some more time with Michael! Michael's finally finishing up with summer school, so that means: more beach trips!
For this week's post, I wanted to write about how Michael is with food. Like the rest of us, he absolutely loves it! He may not be able to tell us what he likes through words, but he definitely shows it! Whenever Michael eats something he likes, he'll scarf it down faster than you've ever seen anyone eat. If he really loves his food he'll be smiling and giggling the entire time he's eating. As for his favorites, its really hard to narrow it down-- Michael loves almost everything! Haha when we were little and ate something I didn't like (I was the really picky eater between the two of us) I would throw my food onto his plate when my parents weren't looking. As for foods that Michael doesn't like, he'll still eat them. If he ever doesn't like something or doesn't feel like eating, he'll take forever to eat it, but he will always finish!
With regards to what he can eat, we need to be really careful with what's on his plate. Until Michael was about 8 years old, he didn't know how to chew. So, most of his food had to be blended so that he wouldn't choke on it. Thus, soups and mashed potatoes were always great, but sometime's he would get his meat and vegetables blended in with them. Even now, we have to cut his food up into smaller pieces so that it's a little easier for him to chew them.
The only restaurant we've ever taken Michael to is World Curry, an amazing Indian restaurant in Pacific Beach. It's very low-key and not too crazy, so a great environment for Michael. And he loves his curry! I'll always end up cutting his veggies into smaller pieces, but he finishes his food so fast and loves it there. We have to be very picky with where we take him to eat, since he's got a sensitive stomach, and definitely cannot eat fast food. Lot of people with Down Syndrome have issues with constipation, so we need to be very careful with what we feed Michael, and need to track his bowel movements.
That's it for this week! If you ever have any questions or comments (or great restaurants in San Diego that Michael would like) please let me know in the comments or submit a contact form :)