Sunday, May 22, 2011

Making Martin's Food

My grandparents recently gifted us with an AMAZING gift.  A Blendtec blender.  The kings of blenders!!  (although some might say the VitaMix is the king) Want to watch it blend up glow sticks?  yeah, that was pretty cool to watch.

Ever since we started the blenderized food diet for Martin, everyone has been so supportive.  It was a choice we didn't make lightly, we put a lot of thought and research into this concept.  We started slow, with baby food mixed with milk.  Then we added baby cereals to the mix, and then oils.  Then I borrowed my brothers magic bullet, and I actually blended up cooked pasta, tuna, fruits!!  It was amazing, and so much fun.  Who would have thought I'd actually care how many calories things have??  Not me!

So I start out by deciding what Martin needs that day.  I usually base that off what he had yesterday--fruits/veggies, protiens, etc.  I like to vary it up.  If he had a mix with fruits yesterday, then I'll make a mix with veggies.  I'm trying to get back into the habit of making 2 mixes--a fruit mix, and veggies mix, that will last over two days.  Then he gets 2 meals of fruits, and 2 meals of veggies usually. 

Once I decide what he's getting, I count the calories.  If they're low, I sometimes alter what he's getting, picking another veggie that has a high calorie count.  He needs at least 1000calories a day, otherwise he just doesn't gain weight.  But he needs it to be low volume so he'll keep it down!!  That's the hard part.

Here's today's recipe
1 avocado--350calories
1 pear--95calories
3oz of tofu--70calories
1 cup cheerios--150calories
1 cup milk--150calories
3tsp milk fortifier--70calories
2Tbsp oil--240calories
probiotic powder

The total calories came to be  1125, which is awesome!  Maybe Martin can get some chub. 

Threw everything in the blender, and turned it on!!  It runs for about 1 minute or less usually, and then I pulse it a few times, to make sure everything's blended up good.  It usually is fine.

Transfer it to another container.  Yay nalgene!  I usually use a mason jar, but I didn't have any clean ones!  This mix made about 26oz, which is more than martin can handle usually, so we'll end up adding the leftovers to his nighttime milk. 

Then I add hot water, and a bit of soap.  Run the blender again, and it's clean and ready for the next item!

And that's how I make Martin's food.  Thank you grandma and grandpa!!  I already love this blender, and it's on the "if the house catches on fire, I'll grab. . ." list :)

March For Martin

First, a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us meet and SURPASS our goal for March For Babies walk this year.  I had no idea what we were doing, I just knew it was important to us as a family.  The March of Dimes program did so much for us, and Martin while he was in the hospital.  It isn't just medical things they help fund, although that is very important.  They give families support and they go to bat for you if you're struggling to get doctors on the same page as you. 

We walked on Saturday the 14th.  I had NO idea how big of an event it was!!  There were thousands of people there, all in support of the March Of Dimes.  And not just families who had babies in the NICU, but businesses as well.  

 Here's some of our Team that came and walked with us--My sister Amber, Katryn, Matt's mom (holding Katryn's other hand) and Matt's Grandma. 

And the rest of us!  Matt's pushing the stroller, I've got Martin in my Ergo carrier (which is AMAZING!!) and my mom.

They gave us beads to wear--Purple for being on a family team, Blue for having a NICU graduate, and I wore my bedrest survivor beads, and Martin's NICU survivor beads (he has to necklaces, his stay was so long!)  They also had white beads for those who had Angel Babies.  Thankfully we didn't need those!

Martin crashed as soon as we started walking, and slept through the whole walk.  I made a little sign to carry, with pictures of him after he was born, and a more recent picture.  I also threw in some stats: 77days early, 141 NICU days, his birth weight, and then some current things: Gtube fed, O2 junkie, and med free!!

It was an amazing experience, and a tradition I think we'll continue with!!  Martin even had a pretty good time!!  We saw a few nurses from the NICU who remembered Martin, and our good friend, the NICU's March of Dimes rep, Rachel. 

The quilt I'm giving away to one of our donators (which I still need to have katryn draw a name for. . .) is coming along!  Hopefully be done by the end of the month, and the lucky recipient can forever remember Martin and his first March For Babies.

Can't wait until next year!