Transition Charts

The weight and bowel movement chart is vital for transitioning babies, toddlers and children because their bodies respond differently to food and formula differently. For Matthew, because of his Hirschsprung’s Disease diagnosis, he has slow motility. The chart has helped me track how well his current regimen is working. Some babies and toddlers will have…

Meet Raiden

Working with Raiden’s mom was an amazing experience. She was highly motivated which was crucial in taking on a blended diet for Raiden. A blenderized diet takes time and commitment and we were working together with 3000 mile and 2 time zones in between us. The fact that we both owned a Vitamix made it…

Meet Zoe

I met Tina in 2018 not long after my family and I had relocated from Washington to Southern California. My daughter Zoe has a rare syndrome and is g-tube fed. When we moved, Zoe was 100% formula fed and as we later found out, she was not tolerating it well. Tina was invaluable to me…

Special Angels Foundation

Just recently I had the privilege of attending the fundraiser kick off for Special Angels Foundation.  I had been invited by our pediatrician who is the medical advisor.  Since he had been taking care of our 6 children for over 20 years, I knew that this had to be something close to his heart to ask…

Homemade “Ripple” (Split Pea) Milk

This recipe is more of an addendum to my split pea milk recipe.  I have had many more questions about it coming from Ripple drinkers.  Some of the struggles were:  separation, strong pea taste, watery taste and thickened texture.  My original recipe was written for g-tube feedings and oral eaters with limited taste experiences.  After…

How Is Ripple Milk Made?

“HELP!  My DYI Ripple doesn’t taste, look or feel like the store bought one!”  And, it won’t.  Ripple is made in a lab where they are able to isolate the pea protein from split peas while our home versions are, well, made in our kitchens.  We do not have machines that can do that.  Also…

Fig Butter

This was an unexpected surprise!  I was originally trying to add more fiber to the Poopinator Plus because we are still waiting on a referral to UCLA Children’s Hospital for a more in depth motility.  I also thought it would help his weight loss issue due his currently very limited diet.  Sadly the fig gave…

Stained Containers

Anyone’s Vitamix container looking like the first two pictures?  Don’t worry.  It’s not dangerous.  I blend lots of fruits and leafy greens and I only recently started having this problem.  Normally this is my routine after blending: Rinse the container thoroughly Fill 1/2 way with warm water and 2 drops of dish soap Run the…

What is Carrageenan?

So I just got through having a very interesting conversation with a fellow tubie mom.  She was looking for advice because her son had suddenly been vomiting his morning blends.  At first she thought it might be a cold but no other symptoms arose.  He was tolerating broth and baby food so it did not…

The Poopinator Plus

Matthew did very well on the Poopinator for a time.  Then slowly it stopped working and he began backing up again.  We had to put him back on Miralax, added Lactulose, Senna Plus, Enemeez and eventually the Peristeen pump.  Each addition brought some relief for a time but then stopped working.  He ended up back in…