I was going to answer in the comments, but there are enough questions, I think I'll just post again.
A few answers:
-His G-tube was removed 6 weeks after it was put in. You see, he was such a GREAT eater and gaining weight SO well we didn't need it.
I'll pause while you laugh.
Okay, moving on.
-while I have not tried a cup, I do sometimes get desperate and try dropper feeding. It inevitably chokes him. I don't think he has the association with "stuff in mouth=swallow." I have to give most of his meds in a nipple for the same reason.
-we just started occupational therapy on Tuesday. It's through Early Intervention. At the time of the eval he was eating great but we were hoping to get him to breast feed, so I opted to start therapy. Thank Goodness I did so we got started ASAP.
-yes, we "play" around his mouth all the time. One of his favorite games is where his cheeks, nose, ears, and tummy are my "instruments." Cheeks say "do do do." Ears say "ding dong." Nose says "honk honk." And his favorite- tummy says "toot toot!" Our OT also has us doing some face massage exercises before a meal.
Some girls on a preemie board I'm a member of suggested that he might be teething.
so this is what I did:
An hour before his last meal, he got a dose of carafate (it coats and bonds his esophagus) and a glycerine. It had only been a little more than a day since he'd pooped, but the doctor doesn't want him to go more than a day, thinking that any extra pressure keeps him from wanting to eat.
He pooped A LOT.
A half hour before his last meal, he got a dose of tylenol.
HE ATE THE WHOLE BOTTLE! First time in 2 days. I could have danced a jig.
About 45 minutes after he ate, he pooped the most explosive poop I've ever heard in my life. I couldn't believe he had anything left in there.
When I changed his diaper, it wasn't a lot of poop- must have been a LOT of gas. He's been pretty gassy and I've been giving him mylicon drops but apparently they weren't working that well.
The pooping cause puking (normal around here) and it was so ugly it was out his nose.
After some nose sucking, diaper changing and a lot of crying, he settled down and is currently sleeping in his swing looking like a little cherub.
Now, the question is why he ate. Was it the Tylenol? The empty bowels? Coincidence?
If only they could tell us what is wrong.
Thanks to everyone for the support. It was