I don't know how I forget these things, but since Mr Boy is just a regular little kid to me, I easily forget that his body can't digest what other kiddos bodies can in the same amount of time. So in conclusion, I guess I finally agree with the doctor, that this will probably take years to tackle. I can be content with the tiny progress if tiny progress makes logical sense. I just have to adjust my expectations to match logic.
This morning I had renewed energy to feed Mr Boy. I sit him down and have him "eat/play" with food every day, but some weeks are better than others. Sometimes he will slightly chew and somewhat swallow bits of food and other weeks he will only hold it in his mouth for a while, then spit it out and hand it back. Mr Boy has been obsessed with gold fish lately and has a hankering for ranch dressing. No eating, mind you, just dipping and licking. So I got in a rut of offering him only fishys with ranch and the occasional slim jim. :) "Bold Flavors" is the phrase his therapist uses to describe what his for palette should consist of. And Mr Boy can easily swallow foods the consistency of apple sauce but refuses to chew items as hard as gold fish, so I went a little crazy buying products with bold flavor and mushy consistency to try and ease him into chewing.
At one time I planned on only feeding my kids healthy foods, but when the going gets tough, one will try anything. Thus, we have digressed:
The only issue is that even if Mr Boy takes a nibble, I have to finish the rest of it off myself! Who am I kidding... I can't complain! :) yum!