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.


Thalia said...

Good to hear from you and all about your lovely boy. Keep us updated more often if you can!

Hopeful Mother said...

Ironically, I just checked your blog yesterday!

I'm so happy to read an update from you. I'm sorry to hear how hectic things have been for you, but hope that things are settling down a bit now.

Update again when you can!

Lut C. said...

I thought cow milk allergy was becoming ever more widespread?
I hope he does grow out of the allergies soon.

My daughter loves puzzles too. And coloring, telling me what to draw.

Swept away, that sums it up pretty well, but in a good way.

Bea said...

Good to hear from you! Don't worry about the lack of posting... drop in when you can.


Heather said...

Glad to see things are going well. My little brother was severely allergic to milk and eggs as a child. He didn't outgrow the milk allergy until he was close to adulthood. He would get a really high fever and have seizures from it if he even had a cracker that had whey in it. But we were lucky that he was OK with soy. But back in the 70s, soy milk wasn't easy to get in rural America, so he had soy formula with his cereal until he was older.

Shazz said...

I've been MIA too but alot longer! I use to follow you before I went missing. I'm back now and will be back to do a catch up!

Pixxiee said...

Wow...I was reading thru old comments on my blog and found your page again. So much has changed for both of us from those dark days huh? It's wonderful...I am sorry you are having such a tough time but so pleased you have your boy!