A Very Tubie Thanksgiving

A Very Tubie Thanksgiving

Mmmmm Thankgiving… It’s coming! And it brings one thing to mind. FOOD! Lots and lots of food! My mom makes the BEST oyster stuffing! I know, sounds yucky right? WRONG. Totally wrong. It’s so good. And turkey, and cranberry sauce, and potatoes with lumps in them. YUM. Does food come first to mind for you too? YUM again! (I can’t help myself!) To a tubie, Thanksgiving looks entirely different. No food allowed? Well this certainly presents a challenge to tubie families. How to make a holiday that revolves primarily around food special to someone who can’t have it? This is the post for you! Here are some family Thanksgiving traditions we liked, and none have to do with food! Watch the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV – It is so fun to watch the balloon handlers walk those giant balloons along the streets of New York! My kids love naming each balloon and singing along with the floats that have music. It’s a fun family tradition and there is something int he parade for all ages. Your Own Turkey Bowl – Good old family football. Bundle up, grab some friends and family and meet at a park for some football. You won’t be alone, it’s kind of fun to drive by parks on Thanksgiving and see so many people outside playing together. I hear some people also watch football on TV as a tradition but this is far less appealing to me personally! Turkey Crafts – Last Sunday my three year old came running in the house after church with papers in his hands. “Mom! See my turkeys! They...
Tips for Overnight Tubie Feeding

Tips for Overnight Tubie Feeding

I was scrolling through a group on your friendly social media site and I saw what I think is a brilliant way to handle the tube with overnight feedings. A mother was asking how to keep her child safe with overnight feeds because she moved around a lot and mom was worried about the tube strangling her. One mother chimed in with a best practice, string the tube through a pool noodle! then just lay the noodle next to the child in bed. Awesome! Genius! So, starting with that tip, I put together some great tips for over night feeds. The pool noodle. It’s been reported electrical tubing works well as well and it is cheaper and lighter. You can purchase it at home improvement store. Also paper tubing from a paper towel roll. Feeding the bed is inevitable. There are inexpensive vinyl mattress covers (I have included an online link so you know what to look for but Walmart has them for half this cost!) as well as washable pads that will come in handle for quick clean up. Overnight diapers are a must to avoid a diaper change in the middle of the night. You can also use the disposable inserts used in cloth diapers into a regular diaper for added absorption. (Link is one option, but there are several) If you use footie jammies, use the largest button hole setting on a sewing matching to sew a little “reinforced out” for the tube to go through. We do this on the side of Dylan’s jammies. I don’t know how to sew, but I do know how to...