Food AllerGEEZ

1 Sep

This Mom thing is not for the faint of heart.

I mean, it’s the absolute best thing in the whole entire world…like, furreal…HEART=BURSTING.

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But, shoot – it sure is a tester.  It tests your self-confidence and patience, your decision-making skills…the meat and potatoes of who you are.

In those first days of being a parent, your main goal is to keep that adorably squishy human alive. What I’ve learned, 13 months later, is that aforementioned main goal remains numero uno every second of every day. I thought maybe the what-if Betty would quiet her sassy self down a few months along, but what-the-crap…NO.

The fear of something being wrong with your child’s health is the scariest feeling imaginable. We, as parents, are 100% responsible for this precious life provided absolutely no training. How I landed this job, I have no idea. My resume? Mediocre, at best. My desire and effort? Well they definitely count for something!

What I’m trying to say is that Max may or may not be allergic to eggs AND peanut butter (and therefore possibly nuts, altogether).  Effing effen effer.

EFF!

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So yeah.

Thankfully, the reaction to a bite of scrambled eggs and a smear smaller than a dime of peanut butter (on two separate and far apart occasions) was immediate itching, a red blotchy mess of a face (and neck), and a confused and irritable little boy. I say “thankfully” because my son’s throat did not close up and therefore my s*it was left somewhat intact. Thank God for Benedryl, of which I immediately provided on both occasions.

Sweet baby Jesus, though – let it be a fluke. YES, Scott and I have allergies (a few quirky ones of the food variety included on my end) and YES, we both have mild asthma. We do realize Max may not get outta those zones entirely unscathed. However, no – please just…no.

The doc recommends keeping eggs and nuts out of little man’s diet until we have him skin allergy tested. Max screams when his Dr. breaths on him. I’m not sure we’re ready for needles in the back just yet.

And then Dr. Google struck again, causing me to leave his office confused as hell. Introduce peanuts early! Wait until your child is 2! No, wait – 3, I meant 3! Get ‘em allergy tested early! Allergy testing is not reliable until they’re 3! Oh madone…Dr. Google, you suck.

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No matter what I read, my Mommy gut tells me (and trust me, there’s some residual!) that we may all be overreacting. Max itched often at mealtime while trying new foods from week to week. I’m afraid that keeping him AWAY from those foods might create an allergy or make one he may already have more severe. THIS is where parenthood gets tricky, folks.

I know that food allerGEEZ are not the end of the world, but holy inconvenience and worry! I also know we are blessed and that we should be thankful for potential health difficulties that are manageable. Please know that we are. That aside, we just want our little baby to have a PB&J for lunch someday.

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Veteran parents – thoughts? ideas? strong drink recipes?  Mama is nervous about this one…

XOXO

 

 

High Temperature: 89° (but feeling much hotter!)

 

7 Responses to “Food AllerGEEZ”

  1. Joelle September 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Sarah,
    Jackson is allergic to eggs, and it has ok. Hives and vomiting was the reaction at 9months, and honestly we went cold turkey. He is three and a half now, and just got diagnosed with asthma, so we found a great allergist. She will do the full blown allergy test this winter.

    He has a good friend who is allergic to PB, and does great! Schools here are PB free and there are so many alternative that taste pretty good.

    Good luck!!
    Joelle

    • Sarah September 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      Thanks, Joelle! I feel like the egg allergy could be much more manageable…but I guess I’m just gun shy from all of the peanut allergy attention. Whatever it is, it is. I just want him to be 100% healthy, but such is life right. It’ll be a character builder for all of us! p.s. YOUR BABIES ARE SO SWEET! :)

      • Joelle September 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

        No problem, good luck!

  2. Jill September 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    You are the best momma in the world and little Max will be just fine- just giving you a run for your money…he can be a little stinker haha. As for coping mechanisms, I think you need another visit from me ASAP that consists of many cozy nights of special popcorn, lots of wine, and discussing all possible allergy or allergy-free scenarios ;) Miss you and love you!

    • Sarah September 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

      Sure can be a stinker! A visit from you is welcome anytime, love (wine and popcorn included)! :)

  3. Jenny D September 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Your doing just fine there Mama! We didn’t intro peanut butter until Nolan was two because of the peanut history, but he was fine. Just an FYI though, my bro gave my nephew peanut butter for a few months and he was okay, but then got red around the mouth, rash etc. Come to find out he is allergic to peanuts…so its okay to be a little crazy about it! :) They did wait a little while for the allergy testing until he was older.
    let’s chat soon, or even skype with babies?
    love to you and your little fam!
    xo jen

    • Sarah September 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      Thanks for helping me to feel less crazy…even just a little! ;) Yes, let’s make a Skype day with the boys. Miss you! xoxo

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