Bucco Pads: the main muscle of the cheek.
I learned that term my first week of therapy with Tuck. His therapist loves them, but also hates them. They're too big, too chubby she says. They get in the way of him being able to eat solids properly. Great for suckling (and sucking on!), not great for chewing. Of course, from her perspective, she's right. But from my perspective they're dreamy. Oh, so perfect. I could kiss and naw on those bucco pads all day long.
Already since Tuck started his therapy his bucco pads are going down. His liquid caloric intake has been cut in half, in order to help him become more mobile (we're working on his sitting right now) and also to peak his interest in solids. It's worked too well, because I'm feeling those bucco pads thin down when I smoosh my lips against them. It'll be a sad day when I can feel any sort of bone in there. I can't get enough.
Tuck's therapy, by the way, is going very well. It's slow, but we are seeing good progress. We've just been given permission to take a 6mo. break from Speech (feeding) therapy, and just continue to work with him on pureed foods.
In physical therapy, we've been working very hard to get him sitting. He's very close, and will for a about 10 seconds until he topples over. Tuck has hypotonia, which makes it hard for him to reach the typical milestones, and is why he will need ongoing therapy, probably for several years. But he is such a patient, strong baby in therapy and tries really hard. He used to only last about 20 minutes before he'd tire out, and now he will work for the entire hour. He's rolling, and pushing up with his arms like a champ now too- something he struggled with before therapy.
I love Tuck so very much!