Thursday, January 07, 2010

I've been meaning to publish an update but it's not been the smoothest of years overall. I feel like I had the little man and then vanished from the community which was not my intention in any way. I was so wiped out from the c-section (did I mention they put me under for it?) and then the anemia, added with the hyperemesis- my body just didn't recover well. I still seem to be struggling with a weakened immune system as I spent nearly four months this year coping with pityriasis rosea (a very bizarre skin virus) and between that and having "allergy baby"- all my free time has been spent figuring out what to feed him that does not contain- eggs, milk, soy, peanuts, or strawberries. You'd be surprised at the derivatives of milk that seem to wind up in the strangest of places. And before any of you good intention folks tells me that it's incredibly unusual to have a child allergic to milk-- yes, we know- and the allergies were diagnosed by a professional who is monitoring them and we are all hoping that the little guy grows out of them soon. Fortunately for us he likes rice noodles, chicken and nearly all the other fruits I give him. The veggies are not as popular but frankly that he is eating at all is really all I care about- we have plenty of time to fix nutritional issue that may arise due to a finicky 17 month old child.

So we've made it well past the first year of parenthood-- and it's been good. He's a blast to learn with - nearly 29 lbs and he's super tall for his age. Loves puzzles, trains and animals-- and I'm thrilled that none of the pregnancy stress seems to have affected him in any way. And I'll try to post an update every so often- I had not idea my life would get swept away quite like it did.
Hard to believe that I started this journey with a IVF dr. telling me I had a better chance of winning the state lotto then I did getting pregnant... and we now joke that we wish we'd bought tickets the day we conceived-- luckiest day of our lives because we started down this path that has changed our lives forever. It's not always easy, but it's been worth the endeavor.