Samarella's Journal

My Big Kid Update

  • Samantha - I hope Jaden is feeling better today. I am so sorry you are both having to deal with this.  Just as you know it is not Jadon's fault, know that this is not your fault either momma. It's the germs' fault.  Just blame the germs. I will be keeping you both in my thoughts.

    Sending hugs and feel better wishes.


  • Samantha, I hate that Jadon is sick. It seems that when our kids get older they should be done with prematurity and weight gain issues as well as all the breathing equipment and medications. It is so hard to see them struggle and be so fragile. You are an awesome mom and Jadon is so lucky that he has you by his side day and night to help him. He will always be thankful for your kind mothering. Try not to blame yourself. It will only make you sad.

    If you need help getting him more weight, you know that Bruce has always struggled with that too. We are still on Periactin which helps him feel hungry and encourages him to eat more. He doesn't seem to have any negative side effects either. Also we still use Pediasure 1.5 which has 350 calories for 8 ounces. You could add it to a peanut butter shake maybe to get in the calories. I've seen body builders online talk about all of these kid supplements and they use them for weight gain. Also macadamia nuts (1/2 c=480 cal.), chia seeds (1 Tbs=70 cal.), sesame seeds (1 Tbs=52 cal.), dessert yogurt (tastes so good and has tons of calories), olive oil (2 Tbs=238 cal.), chocolate syrup (2 Tbs=100 cal.), refried beans (1c=237 cal.), coconut milk (1c=552 cal.), trail mix (1c.=700 cal.), cream of broccoli soup (1c=500 cal.), salmon filet = 734 cal.

    This might be too much information for now or you may have tried it all (we tried a lot but nothing changed until Bruce was willing to eat food). Good luck friend making it through the sickness for now and then through the battle with food. Thinking about you this week.


  • Many hugs and a lot of love to you Samantha. I hope he starts feeling better soon.

  • Sorry Jadon is so sick. I hope he's feeling better soon and back to his busy self. Hang in there, Momma!

  • I am sorry to hear Jadon is so sick. I hope he is able to bounce back soon. I hear you on the Mommy guilt. It is hard to fight that. I will keep you in my prayers.