We took out the tube! I went to the pediatrician on Monday, and he said that as soon as Lincoln was taking 50ml of the 60 by mouth then he would take out the feeding tube. At the time Lincoln had not been making much progress and would cry every time he had to swallow. I mentioned that the tube seemed like it was irritating him and the Doctor said "It might be uncomfortable but it doesn't hurt." In my book, pain and discomfort are one in the same for infants. It's not painful to have a poopy diaper but they sure let you know if they have one.
So after much thought, Will and I just pulled the tube out ourselves last night. Before you think we are neglectful parents, hear me out. We came to the conclusion that the tube was causing inflammation in his throat which was making it hard to swallow. So we started him on ibuprofen yesterday to help with the possible swelling and just fed him everything through his tube the next two feedings to avoid him having to swallow and further irritate it. When we pulled the tube we discovered dried milk up the entire tube and a hard green thing Will described as similar to a rose thorn right around the section that would have been in his throat. I refused to touch it. Lincoln has taken the five bottles since then like a champ. He even requested the last two after two hours instead of the usual three. Hopefully the tube is gone for good. If he isn't gaining wait by his next appointment they may make us put it back in.
We are all adjusting well to being home. Today I was trying to get Lincoln to take a nap, thinking of all the things I was going to do once he was asleep, showering being one of them. Once he was asleep I had a hard time wanting to put him down. I just held him in my arms and couldn't stop staring. He is such a sweetheart! We love him so much and he has brought great joy into our lives.