Eat Happy!

Eat Happy!


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Friday, July 26, 2013


Ian uses an awesome squeeze bottle for his meals/feeding therapy. It is a great way for us to deliver liquids to him. It forces fluid up and out the straw, without sucking. Ian has been using this bottle for six months now and it is working very well. He is not really able to use it on his own. It has quite the learning curve for little ones with “squeeze-happy” hands. It even takes a couple times for parents to get use to the feel. The plastic gets softer the more you use it and wash it.

People have been asking me how to make them so I thought I would give a quick tutorial. They are easy to make at home with a few simple supplies from local stores.

Supplies needed:

1- hair color bottle from your local Sally Beauty supply, or similar store

1- clear plastic PVC tubing from your local hardware store 1/4 inch thick

PVC Tubing

1- pair of scissors

You will need to start by cutting a 6.5 (or longer!) inch piece of tubing. This gives enough room for the tube to curl some inside the bottle to reach the bottom/side, and also enough at the top to act as a straw. You can always shorten the straw later. Make sure to cut one end blunt/flat and the other end on a diagonal so it reaches the bottom better.

You also want to cut the tip off of the coloring bottle. Start by cutting higher up, and testing if the tubing fits. Continue to cut lower until you can get the straw in with a *snug* fit. It should not move freely, but shouldn’t be pinched to insert.

Once the tubing fits snuggly into the top, screw the cap on and see how it fits inside the bottle. The straw should curve into the “corner” of the bottle.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

National Aquarium 7.2013

We took Ian to visit the National Aquarium a few weeks ago.  The aquarium is in Baltimore, Maryland, not far from family.  Tom and I visited about 10 years ago.  We had originally planned to take Ian last year, but plans fell through.  I'm glad it waited until this summer.... Ian had a GREAT time.

He loved seeing all the fish.  "Dory" was a HUGE highlight.  He also enjoyed the turtles very much.  There was a very large sea turtle who had a limb amputated a few years ago.  It was pretty cool to watch her swim around, using only three limbs.

Three-flippered Sea Turtle

The aquarium is about four levels.  It wraps around itself as it spirals to the top.  When you reach the top level, there is a rainforest exhibit.  There are all kinds of birds, plants, waterfalls, and even a few animals.  Most of them were high up in the trees, or hiding.  We weren't able to get very good views.  We were able to see beautiful colors and trees.  The sounds of birds echoed in the high ceilings.

Ian good little-boy fashion, Ian loved the froggies.  They had lots of cool poisonous dart frogs in bright colors.  Ian kept going "oh-wow" in his inside-whispering voice.  He liked when they were right up against the glass.  one of the even reached his hand out and put it on the glass right in front of him. "Hi froggie!"


It was pretty cool to see the sharks as well.  Ian was a little scared because the exhibit was so dark.  He liked watching them swim around in the tank with the other fish.  The rays were far more exciting than the sharks.

The jellyfish were my favorite exhibit.  They had so many different types, colors, and shapes.  With the backlight blue lights and large crystal clear aquariums, it is beautiful.

The last stop was the dolphin exhibit.  They no longer do shows, but watching them swim was very peaceful.  They were playing and splashing.  Ian kept laughing each time they would play.  He wouldn't sat there the rest of the day watching them play.


We had a really great day!