What to make for dinner!……and reflux in newborns.

 

My oldest son, Zach, is turning 15 tomorrow….time really does go by so fast….it is incredible to believe that 15 years have gone by…so quickly.  He was a tough one though…my Zach…..and I was reminded of his first year of life when doing an evaluation on Friday….a two month old boy….presenting with feeding concerns…..needed an evaluation in order to determine his need for services and more importantly determine what was going on with him during feeding?

It was Kismet that I was the one to do the eval….because as I walked into the home….and heard the screaming boy….a scream indicating pain….and hurt…and the need for help…..and as I saw this boy….arching his back….stiffening his body…….screaming some more…wanting his bottle…then not wanting it….screaming again….arching…stiffening….and following his burp crying even more.  It was at that moment that I was flashed back to April of 1997…..when my Zach cried like that….I was a first time mama….but still I knew the crying that he did was not normal….and when his first pediatrician would not listen to me and said: “He’s fine…he will grow out of it….there’s nothing wrong with him.”…..when he said that we switched pediatricians….and next to the pediatric gastro-enterologist…….and finally he was diagnosed with reflux….finally we had an answer.

So for the little one I evaluated the other day…..although I am not a medical doctor….and I can not make a diagnosis….I can make suggestions…and lead the family in the right direction…to help them help their little one.  Because a crying baby like that is hard to handle….hard to feel the joys of motherhood….when you are not capable of making the hurt go away.

Well…..as many of you know…my Zach is an incredible young man….not sure what plan God has for him….but it is something amazing I would imagine…..so last night we celebrated with our entire family and some close-close friends…they really are family too….and we had birthday dinner for Zach….one of my favorite dishes….one that Greg and I created was a big hit….and I wanted to share…it is sooo easy to make….and even though I typically would make my own sauces for a dish like this….I buy the sauces in the store….and the recipe comes out delicious!

 

Vodka Sauce-Meets Alfredo…..or Drunken Alfredo….or Alfredo-Vodka Sauce:

One pound of Pasta-I buy Cavatappi….my favorite….love how it cooks and the sauce sticks to the pasta.

1 1/2 to 2 jars of Vodka sauce-whatever Brand you prefer…sometimes I add both jars…depending on the size..

1 1/2 to 2 jars of Alfredo sauce-you pick what you like….and same thing…sometimes I add both jars…depends on the size of the jar…but I usually add both of the Alfredos…

Fresh mozzarella….buy a large piece of mozzarella-near the deli counter in my Stop and Shop..or near the fresh cheese..wrapped in plastic wrap….then you have to cut the mozzarella into cubes.

Fresh parmesan

1 stick of butter…cut into cubes

3/4 cup vodka-the alcohol cooks out…no worries

1 Lasagna cooking tray

 

Cook the pasta just under the Al Dente directions….because it will cook again in the oven.  Drain pasta….add to lasagna tray…add all the sauces..the butter…the mozzarella…the vodka…top with parmesan…cover with foil…..cook 350 degrees for about 30 minutes…til bubbly.

Enjoy!

 

And remember if your newborn baby is screaming during feeding…..has difficulty eating….seems uncomfortable after a feeding, during a feeding….cries frequently….cries after burping….is more of a grazer than eating full bottle…spits up frequently (but may have silent reflux and does not spit up)…..seems to want to eat…then you put the nipple in her mouth…and she turns her head…cries….hard to calm, arches back…stiffens body…..

THESE ALL MAY BE SIGNS OF REFLUX….ASK YOUR DOCTOR…ASK MORE QUESTIONS…ASK TO SEE A PEDIATRIC GASTRO-ENTEROLOGIST. ADVOCATE FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE WHEN SHE CAN NOT!

Post with any questions….and if you make the recipe….enjoy!

Have fun!

Kim

 

 

 

Low carb foods for healthy eating.

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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