deciding to get a g-tube: a feeding aversion journey

**This post is coming out the day before we have Sumner’s g-tube surgically removed. It’s been a whirlwind of a year!** One of the last things that a new parent wants to hear is that their child needs a surgery to install a gastrostomy tube (g-tube). But there we were, well over 100 days intoContinue reading “deciding to get a g-tube: a feeding aversion journey”

what’s sumner eating #9: spiced pears with cranberry sauce

The last couple of weeks have been pretty quiet around here for Sumner. We’ve only had our weekly physical therapy session and bi-monthly speech therapy session. Sumner continues to make excellent progress in building up his mobility skills. We’ve started working on crawling up the stairs and creating bigger obstacle courses with the floor pillowsContinue reading “what’s sumner eating #9: spiced pears with cranberry sauce”

yumi vs little spoon: the perspective of a mom of a kid with feeding issues

I’m taking a break this week from the “What’s Sumner Eating” posts to talk about the baby food subscriptions that make up most of his meals. I’ll be back to making more of his food when my fridge isn’t overflowing with tiny tubs! While I would love to be the kind of mom who makesContinue reading “yumi vs little spoon: the perspective of a mom of a kid with feeding issues”

what’s sumner eating #8: mango banana

This was an easy week for us appointment-wise with only a physical therapy appointment. Unfortunately, Sumner decided that it would be a good week to have another tooth come in on the bottom. He was a cranky boy in need of lots of cuddles. At any rate, on to Sumner’s recipe for the week. IContinue reading “what’s sumner eating #8: mango banana”

what’s sumner eating #7: beet spinach smoothie

Sumner had a really good week. We had our usual physical therapy and speech therapy appointments. It’s always nice around here when our appointments are minimal since we all do best when we stick to some semblance of a routine. Physical therapy was mostly me chasing Sumner around with a camera. He’s become hyper-mobile andContinue reading “what’s sumner eating #7: beet spinach smoothie”

what’s sumner eating #6: kiwi apple kale smoothie

It was another busy week for Sumner’s medical team. We saw his regular pediatrician for his 15 month well-baby appointment and had his third swallow study. Sumner was a real trooper through it all. The well-baby appointment went as expected. I cannot believe that our little boy is already 15 months. When grandma was hereContinue reading “what’s sumner eating #6: kiwi apple kale smoothie”

organizing our medical supplies

We’re minimalists and zero-wasters at heart, but when you have a kiddo with a feeding tube you end up relaxing a bit in both of these areas due to the overwhelming amount of supplies that you get on a regular basis and accumulate over time. As time has gone on and Sumner has not neededContinue reading “organizing our medical supplies”

what’s sumner eating #5: berry power bowl

It was a wild week at the Smith household. Sweet baby boy had his usual physical therapy and speech therapy appointments and we met with pediatric general surgery to talk about having his hernias repaired and g-tube removed. Speech therapy went well. We mostly talked about how to move forward given a certain small personContinue reading “what’s sumner eating #5: berry power bowl”

what’s sumner eating #4: purple power bowl

It looks my high calorie, over the top baby food mixes are paying off as our pediatrician said that Sumner’s growth was “progressing well” at our last appointment. Woot! His doctor’s appointments always cause me a bit of anxiety because no matter how well Sumner is doing, his providers seem to think that we couldContinue reading “what’s sumner eating #4: purple power bowl”

rolling with the sweet baby punches

Holy cow! The last few days have been an emotional roller coaster. Although, anyone living with a toddler can tell you that. So many big feels in such small bodies! A little over a month ago, Sumner realized that he loves solid food — or mostly solid food as he gets purées. We were bothContinue reading “rolling with the sweet baby punches”