Enter Jamie: occupational therapist and my new favorite person. She completely validated all my worries and concerns and is convinced that Henry will not only eat but he will enjoy solids very soon.
After a quick evaluation in which he cried when approached with the foody spoon, she began developing a plan to introduce him to the joys of food. Since he has an aversion to all things food, I now smear purees on his hard plastic toys. This forces him to encounter the ickiness on his hands and eventually get some of the flavor in his mouth. At first, he simply threw those toys on the ground in lieu of a clean toy but now he puts the foody toys in his mouth again and again until all sign of the puree are gone.
And, he will pick up and eat puffs dipped in purees.
Jamie's worst case scenario? He will be feeding himself food from a spoon in less than a month.
Best case scenario? He allow me to feed him from the spoon when we are in public.
She also commented on his need to control what goes on around him.
Do I hear "I do it myself" in my future, or what?