G-Tube Graduation Photo Shoot

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We are quickly coming up on the one year anniversary of Apollo’s g-tube graduation.

The anniversary of the day he had his g-tube surgically removed.

g-tube graduation photo shoot. M&M's in a feeding bag!

When Apollo had his g-tube placed in May of 2012 we were told me might always need it. We where told there was no way to fix the compression on his esophagus. We were in the for the long haul.

Just month later the surgeon in Texas in 2012 who repaired his heart estimated he would only need it for another six months.

In the end, it stayed, nourishing Apollo for four and a half long years.

Toddler with g-tube.

Apollo just weeks after having his g-tube placed. 

Fun photo shoot to celebrate Apollo's g-tube graduation.

I both loved and hated his g-tube. I loved that it fed him and helped him to grow.

I hated the infections, the pain, the tubes that got pulled out accidentally, the beeping alarm, always having to carry medical equipment on trips.

Apollo in the summer of 2012. We were all just adjusting to life with a tube-fed toddler.

Photo shoot to celebrate Apollo's g-tube graduation.

I planned to do a special photoshoot as soon as Apollo’s surgical site was healed. Unfortunately, due to a nasty staph infection, the healing took months instead of days.

But finally, this fall, the stars aligned and I was able to pull off a very special g-tube graduation photo shoot.

I gave Apollo free reign in the grocery store to pick out some of his favorite foods.

Feeding tube graduation photo shoot for Apollo!

If you know Apollo, you know he loves pizza!

Apollo loves pizza! Here are some shots from our g-tube graduation photo shoot.

His favorite pizza? Meat Lovers.

G-tube graduation photo shoot.Hmm…what do eat first?

See that hunk of lettuce? He loves to snack on romaine hearts.

Whole.

G-tube graduation photo shoot.

Other favorite foods? Cucumbers and hummus.

Pickles. Guacamole. Whole avocados.

Pretty much any raw veggies or fruits are his favorite.

He loves chips and candy and “meat sticks” (pepperoni or beef jerky).

The boy loves TACOS.

Photo shoot to celebrate Apollo's g-tube graduation.

No, I won’t apologize for all the food photos. Apollo will probably be 35 and I’ll still be obsessed with taking pictures of him eating.

Only the parents of a tube-fed child can truly appreciate just how much these photos mean to me.

g-tube graduation photo shoot.

Congratulations, Apollo!

We are so proud of your hard work.

Now go eat a taco.

You might also be interested in reading:

The Ultimate G-Tube Resource Guide

Resources to Help Your Picky Eater

Milton the Mealtime Companion

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