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benig is still a little too young to be fed via breast or bottle — mastering the suck/swallow/breathe trifecta usually happens around 34 weeks.  instead, he feeds via nasal gavage, which is a fancy french term for tube in the nose.

it was a bit heartbreaking to see a nurse insert his nasal gavage right after birth — ben screamed the way i would if someone shoved a tube down my throat.  it looked so cruel to put such a small child through so much discomfort.

i must admit i was a little proud to hear that several days later, ben committed a small act of defiance: he extubated himself, which means he pulled out his own nasal tube.  (sadly, his tube was put right back in by one of the nurses.)

still, the nurses’ tube tyranny hasn’t dampened ben’s spirit, and christina and i constantly find him yanking at his gavage.

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