Popsicles in January

Popsicle 3 

Ben has been completely tube fed since birth, first with an NG tube, and then with a g-tube.  For much of his life we have been working on teaching him to eat by mouth.  It’s been slow going for the most part, and Ben will simply NOT be rushed.  Lately, though, we’ve been seeing definite signs of progress.  He’s been much more eager to taste different foods.  His favorite dishes by far have been ANY homemade soups that his Daddy makes! 

Tonight, though, he tried popsicles for the first time…in January!  The response was overwhelmingly positive.

 Popsicle 1Popsicle 2

The next step is for him to eat enough to make a swallowing study possible.  Only Ben knows when that will happen!


12 Responses to “Popsicles in January”

  1. lisa leonard Says:

    That is so exciting! Love the pics. It seemed to take forever with David and we really pushed and pushed. Hang in there. Big hugs.

  2. Christine Says:

    Yay Ben! I am so happy to hear of your progress. Keep up the good work.

  3. Suzanne Says:

    I love the concentration on his face in the second picture (on the left). And that tongue! I love it.

  4. joel Says:

    too cute!

  5. Sonia Says:

    WOW! That is exciting!! Yayy Ben!!
    I can relate because after Natalia’s last hospital stay we suspended her oral feeding fearing aspiration, and are slowly trying to get back on track to the amount she used to eat.

  6. Anne Says:

    Go, Ben! You’re AWESOME!

  7. Sandi Says:

    Way to go Ben!! Awesome news Karen, and awesome photos. Man, that popsicle looks good 😉

  8. Lawrence Says:

    He really looks like he is enjoying it…..well at least you found something to motivate him. LOL

    Way to go Ben!

  9. Mom/grandma Says:

    Wow, what nice pics. I suppose you will now have to stock up on theose popsicles. I wonder if he will show a preference for certain flavors.

  10. Tammy and Parker Says:

    Parker has also been either ng or g tube fed most of his life. We are working on suckers to try and get him interested in solids again. Maybe I should give popsicles a try!

  11. Rachel Says:

    Awww, so totally dear and precious. He looks so cuddly!

  12. ariel Says:

    Oh what an adorable photo! go ben you can do it!! cute cute baby …God Bless you!!

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