Many of us with complicated kids spend an awful lot of time trying to figure out how to feed them. For a while I thought I was going to do a separate blog just about food and a family with complicated kids. But it occurred to me that that was a silly idea all around - I might as well put it all right here.
So...I have 5 posts from that little attempt to re-post, and will then be trying to post at least a couple posts a month about feeding this family amidst all our issues, and I'll also be trying to post a little about kitchen witchery while I'm at it.
Repost #1 is below
As I've mentioned, my kids have food issues.
daughter, Leaf, who is a year and a half old, largely eats pureed foods -
crunchy things have taken months of therapy, and we haven't even begun
things that don't dissolve when you drool on them enough. She also has a
feeding tube, and it's still a significant source of calories most
My son, Acorn, (age 4 1/2) used to have a feeding tube,
and is not fond of pureed foods. He eats some fruits and veggies, flat
breads, mac and cheese (but only Kraft and similar types), and a handful
of other things. Apparently he eats better at daycare than at home, but
we have to plan for what he will eat with every meal we make. We offer
some of what we're eating most nights, but he's far more likely to
ignore it than to eat it.
Needless to say, finding something everyone will eat is nearly impossible.
of my kids' medical issues, they are eligible for medicaid....which
makes them eligible for WIC until age 5. WIC only offers baby foods up to a year
old, because after that they should be eating table food. Needless to
say, neither of my kids met that mark. WIC was a huge help last year
when I took a leave of absence from work to handle some of their medical
issues, and learning to cook around the offerings of WIC has been an
interesting challenge. Plus, WIC pays for the outrageously expensive
prescription formulas that we use to supplement both children's diets,
and without that alone, we'd go broke.
We stocked up on
jars of baby food when we could get them through WIC, but we've now run
through the stock, so we need to blend our own, or buy more (and since
we've had an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies, blending our own
makes far more sense.
Additionally, I need to thank
Vitamix - they have a wonderful program that gives a discount to
families doing a blenderized diet. For those not familiar with the term,
it means blending table food to feed via a feeding tube. We got a
substantial discount off the retail price of a blender - and then about
the time we got started blending things for her tube, little miss
decided eating was far more entertaining. So we haven't blenderized as
much as expected for her tube feedings, but we are blending
things for her to eat by mouth....and this puppy makes the smoothest
baby food ever, far nicer than my hand crank food mill.
Ours is one of these:
I'm trying, every few days, to make something
different. This way she gets a variety of foods, and if I make 4-6
servings of 3 things a week, I'll stay ahead of her (and if not, I'll
have a crazy cooking fest on a weekend). Plus she eats yogurt (mostly home
made, from whole milk) and avocado, which are high in calories and make a
good base for the rest of her meals.
This past week, I
made a sweet potato, pears, and squash. Before that, I took home made
applesauce, cooked a few blueberries, added it all together, and threw
it in the blender.
My next challenge: meat. Because
protein is important for growing children, and she's not going to get
enough from other sources at the rate we're going.
makes me wonder whether my son would eat beans if they were cooked with
some spices. Not my thing, but he's weird in his own ways.
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