Thursday, May 24, 2012

How to Describe Moira?

My favorite moment of the day:

I was trying to demonstrate one of my cool body combat moves on Kaylon tonight (a push kick), which he was wary of, so he backed away. I told him not to worry- that I wouldn't really kick him.

Out of nowhere, Moira runs up to Kaylon and says simply, "I will," and kicks him in the shins.

We couldn't stop laughing for bit. I love that girl's spunk!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Allergy Addendum

Our trip to the allergist was a productive one.  Since they were doing the skin test I wanted to narrow down our pricks so that I wasn't torturing my 11 month old too much.  So we settled on oat, rice, beef, chicken, pork, peas, tomato, and dog- things that she has been exposed to and that we eat a lot of (no need to do things like lamb, sea food, or other nuts since we don't eat a lot of them).  We only got two positives out of the bunch:

Chicken and dog.

The chicken was a big reaction- bigger than the control.  Totally unexpected.  Something I thought was so safe... but I can attest that since taking her off of it, her skin has cleared up to near perfect!

The dog result was very slight.  Not enough to get rid of our dear Yoda-dog.  (Lucky him.) 

I got a real sense of peace after the results- yes it was another thing to deal with, but it explained why she was still breaking out in hives all the time (we eat chicken a lot).  I just have to find her other proteins to eat when we eat birds.  Plus, now I know for sure that there are 6 more things that she can safely eat without a trial and error period!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Allergies We Never Wanted

And the test results show... (drum roll please)

Severe allergy to egg white, egg yolks, and peanuts, as well as a moderate allergy to wheat.

If I'm being completely honest, I have to say that this is one of those childhood things that I never wanted to deal with- not just a passing thought, but really something I hated to think about.  And I was right- I hate it: the hassle of reading labels for obscure words that mean wheat, or making a separate meal for Violet after making a full meal for 5 other people.  Mostly I hate how scared I am every time she eats- especially when she naps after lunch- scared that she's going to have another reaction to some random ingredient I missed, or didn't know she was allergic to (because her allergy panel was not exhaustive), or that her three year old sister fed to her trying to be nice.  And I hate how her skin is always bumpy and itchy and I fear that it's not just from her drooling, but a minor reaction to something that I fed her.  

But just like everything else in this life, it is what it is.  There's nothing I can do but help her eat the right things and stay away from the yummy food that her body thinks is poison.  And perhaps get a better attitude about it, which I'm guessing like many things in my life, will come with time.