They say that for something to become a habit, you must do it for 30 days. Well, we are well over 30 days of trying out the Blenderized Diet and it is very much a habit now! This is by far the best decision I’ve ever made for my child. He is tolerating the volume and the feeds extremely well. Braxton is doing so well with the new diet. My only regret is that I didn’t start this sooner! I was extremely overwhelmed when this all started, but once you get a handle on everything and find something that works, it’s really very easy.
I’ve found a couple recipes that really seem to work well for Braxton, and they are easy for me to keep up with. I’ve started to make my own fruit, veggie, and meat blends too. Jarred baby food gets a little expensive, so buying whole fruits and meats makes a lot more than what is available jarred. Little by little I cook the meat or steam the veggies and then blend them up and freeze them. I’ve used ice cube trays to save one ounce portions that I can easily thaw and add to the blender and even saved baby food jars to put my blends in. I prepare Braxton’s blend nightly for the next day. The blend is usually enough for about a day and a half, so every couple days I do get a break 🙂
Instead of posting each recipe and picture of nutrition facts, I’ve created a Google Doc that I can share with you all instead! If you are looking for recipes or need any nutrition information you can visit my spreadsheet here.
Braxton is even eating now!! Yayyyy!! I accidentally left his feeding success off our last post..yikes! It’s still a very slow process, but we are getting somewhere with him now. Braxton is consistently taking about an ounce of food whenever I offer it to him. We’ve tried pureed baby foods again, but I’ve also started trying other things like yogurt and pudding to see if he has a preference for different textures or flavors. He wasn’t a fan of chocolate pudding *gasp!* I told him there was no way he was my kid if he didn’t like chocolate pudding haha He really seems to like Baby Yo’s Peach Yogurt though and he has been actively eating that when offered. I’m so happy to see him making some progress with eating. Hopefully we can get him back to where he was at with eating and move toward having his G-Tube taken out. One day. For now, we will keep working with him and celebrating all the little successes, because one day we’ll look back and truly realize how instrumental those were for him.
It’s exciting to finally post so much good news!! Brax has been a little under the weather this week, but overall he’s doing so well! We even have a slow couple of months coming up. Aside from daily therapies, we don’t have very many doctors appointments coming up. Woooo! A break! Haha I was preparing our calendar for the next couple of months and was very surprised to see that we only have 1 appointment this month AND next month! Sadly, I sat and stared at the calendar for a good while thinking that I had missed something! Hopefully, I haven’t. Until next time…..here’s Braxton 🙂