Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nathan's Trip to the Nutritionist

Spokane on a late summer day

Nathan looking out over the city. He's not afraid of heights!

Our allergist suggested we take Nathan to a nutritionist. Today, we headed to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital to visit with her. Truthfully, we didn't learn too much we didn't already know. She did however, help us to figure out a way to use less formula.

I finished nursing Nathan a couple of weeks ago. He was just done, and I was sick of not being able to eat anything.

Anyway, the formula we use costs about $25 a gallon. He's been going through about 2 gallons a week. He drinks so much, because he needs the fat and protein from it since he can't eat so many other foods that people normally eat to get these nutrients. If you do the math, that is over $200 a month just on his special milk. I don't want to have to go back to work just to buy this stuff!

She helped us figure a way for him to still get what needs, but if we use rice or oat milk with a few scoops of the formula powder, the cost should only be about $10-12 dollars a gallon, which is a huge improvement.

The other problem is that kids until age 2 need lots of fat in their diet for brain growth. Since Nathan can't have many fatty foods, we had to figure out a way to incorporate more of these. He'll be eating a lot of avacado and I'll try to dump olive or canola oil on a lot of stuff. Hopefully it will work!

We found out he weighs 23 pounds, is 30 inches tall, and is in the 90% percentile for head circumference!! His head is apparently really big! Well, Jeremy has a big head, and one size fits all hats never fit, so I guess that's where Nathan got it.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Not Already!

I had to turn on the heat this morning! NOOOO!!!!! Here I just turned it off in June, and it's back on already. Granted, it won't be on for long, and it's supposed to hit 80 today, but still!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Nathan's severe allergies

For anyone that doesn't know, our little Nathan has severe food allergies. He is allergic to milk products, eggs, peanuts, and all other tree nuts. So far, he's had one anaphylactic reaction to a small amount of whey protein (milk byproduct) that was in a rice cereal. When this happened, he broke out in hives, his throat began swelling up, and he was struggling to breathe. Luckily, that was it. However, with each exposure to an allergen, the reaction will become worse and worse. Of course I have an epi-pen at all times.

Since he just turned 1 and has been home with me, it's been easy to keep him away from foods he can't have, and I haven't worried too much.

Things changed today, and I don't know how I'm going to handle the future.

We were at church in the cry room. There was another baby in there probably about 18 months old. He was eating Cheez-its and kept offering them to Nathan. Also, he and Nathan were kind of playing together and I knew this child's hands had cheez product all over them. From experience, my sister had cheese once on her hands and touched Nathan and he broke out in hives. If that is happening to the outside of his body, who knows what would happen if it was inside? I don't want to think about it.
Well, everything turned out ok, but Nathan is getting to an age where he likes to try everything.

Then, as we were leaving, I noticed he had his little fist clenched tightly around something. I opened up his hand and it was a cheerio. He must have found it under a pew or something and I didn't notice. I know this doesn't seem like a big deal, but what if that had been a peanut, or a peanut butter cracker? I wouldn't even have KNOWN he had it and could have possibly put it in his mouth.

Right now, I'm just feeling incredibly blessed that I'm able to stay home with him. At this point, I have decided that I will not be going back to work until he's in school. Yes, I miss teaching and I miss adult interaction, but it's not worth my child's life. Teaching will always be there, and if I'm not careful, my child might not always be. I don't want to take the chance of something happening at a daycare.

I was talking to another Mom and her son is allergic to milk and eggs. He had two severe reactions in a WEEK at daycare. Once, he grabbed the wrong sippy cup. The other time, another child sneaked him a cheeto. Luckily, he ended up being ok.

I don't want to have to be such an overprotective parent, but what choice do I have really? My child's LIFE is at risk here. I've talked to several Moms with kids with severe allergies, and they've said the same thing. You have to be a helicopter Mom...there's no other choice. It's a very strange position to be in.

I hope that by the time he's 6 and starting school, he'll be able to know not to take food from anyone and to never try anything without asking Mom or Dad first. I also hope that by that time he's outgrown the egg allergy at least. The milk and nuts he will probably never outgrow.

We have no idea how these allergies happened. Neither of us has any food allergies, and then BOOM! It's really hindered our lifestyle and we're just learning to deal with it. We can't eat out at any restauant. The possibility of contamination is too high. I have to take special food for Nathan everywhere we go. If we go to visit someone, I have to CONSTANTLY be watching him. They might have a spare cheeto or peanut on the floor or under the couch cushions. Who knows? He's so curious right now.

I wouldn't wish these severe allergies on my worst enemy. We just take it day by day.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

One Year Pictures

We finally got Nathan's 1 year pictures done today!! We've had to wait forever for his face to heal! Poor little guy and his bruises and rugburns. The pictures came out super cute. I can't wait for them to email them to me. He also had fun playing at the Kid's Area at the mall.

The house is finally getting painted! Jeremy has spent all summer putting in new windows. He only has one left to do. They look so good. Since this was such a big job, we decided to just spend the money and have a pro paint the house. Painting the house is such a big job, and Jeremy doesn't have the time!

They are coming to power wash tomorrow. The house will dry for a week and then they'll paint! We've decided to go with a medium taupe with white trim and black shutters. Hopefully it will look good!

Jeremy worked yet another overtime shift yesterday. He is now regularly working at least 50 hours a week.

Last Day of School

The last day of school was June 12th. 4th grade and 2nd grade are now over! Nathan had his best school year ever and Elizabeth had a pretty...