36 weeks old - April 30, 2015

36 weeks old – April 30, 2015

NINTH MONTH
(APRIL 21 – MAY 21)

WEEK 35 (PARTIAL WEEK)

Oh, boy a “worst sleep” night kicked off Todd’s 9th month!  On April 21st he woke up crying at 10:30 PM.  He wasn’t hungry but it took until 12:45 AM before he fell back asleep.  Nothing was working until I turned on his Sea Dreams Crib Soother.  On the following night, he had another restless period, requiring 1.5 hours to get back to sleep.  Fortunately, Todd only wakes up once when he has one of his “bad” nights.

Developmental and other highlights:

  • he can lower himself off the couch if we turn him feet first
  • he can walk pushing his Little Tikes car without assist over carpet and smooth floors (the car doesn’t get going too fast)
  • I removed the folded towels that were padding Todd’s crib (4/21)

Food notes and new (vegan) foods this week :

Todd isn’t satisfied if I only offer a pureed food. He wants to have finger foods, and he’ll look around for something “better” than what I’m offering via spoon. When he’s done, he spits dramatically, which is pretty funny.

  • bites of quinoa mixed with jarred organic carrot puree
  • strip of bread
  • quartered banana slice
April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

WEEK 36

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but every week we go on stroller walks in the neighborhood, and this includes a walk to the library about once a week.  We do our walks (or shopping) in the afternoon, a little while after Todd wakes up from his long morning nap.  It’s really nice to be walking distance from our library.  Every day, I read library books to Todd.

Developmental highlights:

  • controlled crawl off a 5″ tall storage bin
  • he repeatedly lifts a leg up while standing (attempting to step/climb up)
  • he does deep knee bends…down, up, down, up
  • 1st brief thumb sucking (in the past he’s always sucked on his fingers but not thumb)
  • shows frustration (i.e. when he walks with his car and it meets an obstacle and stops…but he wants it to keep going)
  • he climbed onto a 9″ tall Rubbermaid storage container
He loves to look out the window - April 24, 2015

He loves to look out the window – April 24, 2015

Other highlights:

  • he likes to walk his Push & Ride Racer car
  • he likes getting rides on his car
  • likes to be “chased” crawling in the house– crawls away quickly, then stops and looks back, laughs excitedly
  • if Eric doesn’t wear a shirt Todd wants to scratch at his nipple
  • 1st time at a play group (Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, Jennings Park (4/29))
1st play group - Kaleidoscope Play & Learn - April 29, 2015

1st play group – Kaleidoscope Play & Learn – April 29, 2015

Food notes and new (vegan) foods this week:

It seems like Todd really started swallowing a lot more food this week, and he lets me feed him small bits with my fingers after he does what he can with his limited fine motor skills.  He was able to slurp/suck down strands of angel hair pasta this week (instead of just playing).

  • green pepper
  • Fig Banana Corny Oatcakes
  • ripe mango slice
  • roasted cauliflower
  • split pea soup
  • spaghetti with angel hair pasta
  • drinking a little water from a pinch cup
Slurping angel hair pasta - April 27, 2015

Slurping angel hair pasta – April 27, 2015

WEEK 37

This was an action-packed week!  On May 1st, Todd had his allergic reaction to his lunch.  Over the weekend, we partied and we did some rollerblading.  Todd got to visit with his Grammie on May 5th.  We saw the allergy doctor on May 6th, resulting in Todd getting diagnosed with a peanut allergy.  The week wrapped up with Todd’s first day in underwear.

I used a $10 off coupon at Kohls and scored this toy for less than three bucks! - May 1, 2015

I used a $10 off coupon at Kohls and scored this toy for less than three bucks! – May 1, 2015

This week, Todd’s sleep was more “normal” for him, i.e. sleeping a solid ~9-11 hour night for 5 days per week and waking up once about 2 days per week (and he didn’t take very long to get back to sleep).

He loves ripe mango! - May 4, 2015

He loves ripe mango! – May 4, 2015

Developmental highlights:

  • he stuck his tongue out and touched tip to upper lip a lot (5/30)
  • chatting to himself at 3:30 AM two mornings in a row (then fell back to sleep)
  • he possibly did the hand sign for “formula milk” (make a fist and squeeze)
  • he likes to slap my hands while sitting on the toilet
  • he vibrates his 2 fists or a toy against his mouth to make a noise that sounds like “lada lada lada”
  • he sucks on his thumb and rubs thumb against upper gums
  • he seems a little more attentive when I read books to him (less focus on putting the book in his mouth)
  • he started waving his left wrist (not sure if he’s just exploring hand movements, trying to wave, or doing the “all done” sign)
  • he can crawl up and down on/off a 5″ tall storage bin repeatedly, without close supervision
  • he can step up onto the storage bin while holding the windowsill
Looking outside my bedroom window - May 5, 2015

Looking outside my bedroom window – May 5, 2015

Other highlights:

  • new sound:  “na na”
  • we lowered his crib to the lowest setting (5/3)
  • food reaction during lunch, multiple hives on both arms, chest/neck (5/1)
  • house visit from Grammie and Todd gave her a kiss (5/5)
  • allergy doctor appointment and diagnosis of peanut allergy (5/6)
  • weight at 8.5 months (with clothes/diaper on) = 17.8 pounds = just under the 23rd percentile
  • first full day starting to wear underwear, in addition to diapers (5/7)
  • I made up hand signs for “smoothie” and “pancake” because he eats those foods every day
Party smiles at Dan's house - May 2, 2015

Party smiles at Dan’s house – May 2, 2015

Weekend Activities:

  • Party at Dan’s house in Monroe (5/2)
  • Rollerblade with stroller on the Centennial Trail (5/3)
Swinging at the party - May 2, 2015

Swinging at the party – May 2, 2015

WEEK 38

What do you call your baby?  We all have cute names, right?  I haven’t mentioned this before, so I’ll mention it here.  I like to greet Todd first thing in the morning with “sunshine boy” and I usually call him “little sweet heart” all day long (or a variation, “sweet little heart”).  Eric likes to greet Todd in the morning with “Señor,” and he calls him his “little buddy.”  There’s also “Mr. Todd” and “Toad.”

Do you remember so long ago, when he made cute frog noises?  “Ribbit” was his earliest nickname that Eric used while Todd was still in the NICU.  I used to call him “Little Mister,” but now I tend to call him “Little Sir” or “Little Son.”  On the internet, his “hashtag nicknames” are #minivegan, and #tatertodd.

Elisa & Todd - May 11, 2015

Elisa & Todd – May 11, 2015

Developmental highlights:

  • very interested in small particles on the floor, tries to put them in his mouth
  • he’s initiating more unsupported standing again (in addition to “cruising” with support all the time)
  • able to stand unsupported for 30 fast counts
  • can walk with a one-hand hold a little bit, and a two-hand hold a lot
  • tries to climb up on anything he possibly can, to reach things he wants
  • he climbs over our legs/waist all the time when we’re on the floor
  • he imitated me doing the “all done” sign and before that he did it himself (I don’t know if he knows what it means yet, though)
Lock Up Your Daughters - May 11, 2015

Lock Up Your Daughters – May 11, 2015

Other highlights:

  • he likes to “take a break” from playing and prop himself up with his back leaning on the couch (or even a wall)
  • he loves when Eric throws him (face down or face up) into pillows on my bed
  • he still loves lurching from pillow to pillow on my bed, then he quickly spins onto his back
  • he likes to throw his toys out the window
  • he loves various kitchen noises (i.e. blender, salad spinner, coffee grinder, etc).  He races over (crawling) to see what’s going on, and stands up at the cabinets to try to get a better look
  • he likes to stand and shake the bottom rack of the dishwasher
No teeth yet - May 11, 2015

No teeth yet – May 11, 2015

Outings:

  • Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail (5/9 & 5/10)
  • Out to eat at The Shire Cafe (5/9)
  • Kaleidoscope Play & Learn group at Jennings Park (5/13)

At the play group this week, Todd was much more interested in the story reading and songs than he was 2 weeks ago.  He was also more interested in little bits of things on the floor.  He likes going over to other kids, and he smiles at everyone.  I don’t see any stranger anxiety yet!  One little girl that was there 2 weeks ago (who doesn’t like him touching her jeans) commented several times, “He grew up.”  I thought it was pretty observant, because he did seem different to me, too.

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail - May 9, 2015

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail – May 9, 2015

Food notes and new (vegan) foods this week:

He likes to dip one fingertip in his pureed food to taste it, and then takes several more “bites” that way.  He loves eating black olive slices by sticking his finger in the hole to pick each piece up.  Other small bits of food he can pick up by working them onto his index finger.

  • little bit of Field Roast sausage
  • homemade black bean burger with ground cashews and quinoa flour
  • raspberries (I fed him little bits at a time)
  • vegan taco soup and pita bread at The Shire Cafe
  • winter squash jarred organic baby food
  • black olives (now he’s eating them)
Black olive technique - May 12, 2015

Black olive technique – May 12, 2015

WEEK 39

This was an exciting week for a few reasons.

First, we got ourselves set up for bike riding with Todd!   On May 16th, we got a hitch installed on our Subaru Outback that we bought last Fall.  On the way home from the hitch installation, we had lunch in Renton, at Blossom Vegetarian (our 2nd time there).  Todd liked being fed garbanzo beans from Eric’s chopsticks.

Dining at Blossom Vegetarian - May 16, 2015

Dining at Blossom Vegetarian – May 16, 2015

The next day, we went to Costco to pick up an Everyday Traveler Bike Trailer.  Such a great deal for only $199!  We expect our bike rack for the car to be delivered on May 22nd.  Eric ordered the 1 up USA Double Bicycle Quik Rack.

Of course, we wasted no time taking Todd’s new wheels for a ride in the neighborhood.  It was also my first time back on my bike since before I was pregnant.  Ah…it was about time!   I’m looking forward to many more rides to come!

Todd's 1st bike ride - May 17, 2015

Todd’s 1st bike ride – May 17, 2015

Developmental and other highlights:

  • 1st steps!  He took 4 steps, stepping toward Eric (several times) (5/18)
  • he climbed into the 9″ tall Rubbermaid storage bin (5/19)
  • he took 4, 6, and then 11 linked steps (5/19)
  • he climbed both feet up the wall simultaneously while holding onto the windowsill (5/20)

Other highlights:

  • he got excited looking at himself in his little mirror and kissed himself several times (5/16)
  • 1st & 2nd bike rides with the new trailer (5/17, 5/18)
  • he loves to stand and bang on the washing machine
He climbed in the bin - May 19, 2015

He climbed in the bin – May 19, 2015

Food notes and new (vegan) foods this week:

On May 21st, I noticed that Todd did a pincer grasp to pick up a garbanzo bean.  That was the first time I noticed him doing that.

  • roasted curried garbanzo beans
  • orange slice
  • peach mango fruit pouch (Earth’s Best Organic)
  • red lentil dal
  • raisin
  • Tofurky sausage (little bits)
  • pickled beet
May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015

9TH MONTH WRAP-UP

Sleep–

Right now, Todd continues his “normal” sleep pattern of sleeping through the night ~5 days per week and waking up once ~2 days per week.  If he wakes up crying, it’s always within 3 hours of his bedtime (which is typically ~8:30 PM).  He gets back to sleep without difficulty.

These days, Todd is asleep when I put him in his crib at night.  He falls asleep in my arms after I give him his bottle, then I rock him in my glider chair for at least another 15 minutes before I put him in bed.  I cherish that “snuggle time” with him.

The one thing that’s different lately is that Todd is becoming more of an “early bird.”  Before, his typical wake up time was definitely after 6 AM and frequently closer to 7 AM.  Now, he’s waking up chatting and turning on his crib soother music before 6 AM more often than I’d like!  Of course, since Eric leaves for work around 6:30 AM, he’s always happy when Todd wakes up before he has to go.  That makes all of us happy!

Regarding naps– Todd is essentially taking one nap per day.  It starts about 3-4 hours after he wakes up in the morning.  He’s still using the swing and his naps still last 2-3 hours (and even longer).  He’ll take catnaps in the car or the stroller sometimes in the afternoons.  Occasionally I offer an afternoon swing nap, but usually not.

I think Todd gets enough sleep because when he’s asleep, he’s OUT.  That goes for daytime and nighttime.  It seems like he gets really good quality sleep.

Before bed - May 20, 2015

Before bed – May 20, 2015

Food–

Todd is wonderful eater!  I’m feeding him solids at least twice per day, and sometimes three.  Green smoothie and a pancake (of various flavors/ingredients) is breakfast.  Organic applesauce is a regular offering if I give him a lunch.  Dinner includes any smoothie that he didn’t eat at breakfast and then a wide assortment of whatever we’re having.

At the moment, Todd is finishing up his 52nd can of “formula milk.”

Red lentil dal - May 18, 2015

Red lentil dal – May 18, 2015

Toileting–

This month Todd had 3 poop “misses,” which means that at least some part of a poo-poo ended up in the diaper instead of the toilet.  On 2 out of those 3 times, it amounted to just a “nugget,” which was followed by a large poop in the toilet.

Ever since Todd’s first day in underwear (May 7th), we’ve been using his underwear daily.  I only put Todd in diapers for mealtime, naps/bedtime, and when we leave the house.  Sure– Todd goes through a lot of wet “trainers” each day, but we have a stash of 12 and haven’t run out yet.  I just round up all of our laundry every evening and run a load of whatever size it happens to be.  With Todd in underwear, I know exactly how often he goes.  It’s helpful information to have!

Todd pees in the toilet throughout the day.  The number of times depends on how often I take him.  He can pee a lot within the hour after drinking his formula (4-5+ times).  It’s not unreasonable for me to take him to the toilet every 15 minutes.  It might sound like a lot of work, but I do think it’s worth it!  There’s no doubt that Todd is gradually learning about his body and learning about toilet use by establishing this regular habit.

May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

What else can I say except Todd is a real sweetheart!  He’s such a joy to be around.

 

Curry Patties (Version 2)

Curry Patties (Version 2)

CURRY PATTIES (VERSION 2)

So yeah– I could have put a little more effort into photographing these patties, but I didn’t.  My patties aren’t perfectly round, either.  Report me to the Pinterest police!  But, I did manage to fry up these babies while I was supervising my own active baby.  Do I get points for that?  He’s my 8.5 month old recipe tester, and he seemed to like them (they’re not really spicy), with a side of organic applesauce.

Anyway– this recipe is my 2nd version of a curry-flavored bean burger patty.  You can check out this post for Version 1. I love making my own vegan burger patties because they are easy to make, they freeze well, and they have a nice balance of healthy plant ingredients.  I like the combo of bean + grain + nut/seed as the base.

Feel free to make substitutions if needed.  This formula is very forgiving.  For example, you can use a different kind of ground unsalted nut or seed (raw sunflower works well, too) or you can omit the nuts and just increase the oat or quinoa.  Do whatever you want to total 3/4 cups!

I used a cookie dough scoop to portion out the batter balls.  My scoop is a one tablespoon capacity (if measured level), so I made mini burger patties.  Lately, we eat my various homemade burger patties in a big salad.  It makes for an easy and healthy dinner if you do up the patties ahead of time.  If you know me, then you know I LOVE my extra freezer!

INGREDIENTS

1/4 of a small to medium onion
3 cloves garlic

2 cups or 1 drained can cooked white beans (Cannellini or Great Northern)

1 1/2 T tahini
1 T red curry paste (Thai Kitchen)
1 T olive oil
1 T canned full fat coconut milk
1 t ginger juice (The Ginger People)
1-2 T water (only if needed)

1/4 C oat flour
1/4 C quinoa flour
1/4 C ground raw cashews
1 T unsweetened fine coconut shreds

Oil for frying (I use coconut)

ASSEMBLY:

  1. I used my Vitamix blender but you can also use a food processor.
  2. Process or blend the onion and garlic first.  Then add in the beans and the wet ingredients (except the water).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the wet puree to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Only add water if the mix seems too dry to thoroughly mix.
  5. Let the mixture sit (refrigerate) for at least 30 minutes.  The purpose is to allow time for the grains to absorb some of the moisture.
  6. Use a cookie scoop for ease of portioning balls.  Either cook them up or freeze the balls (flattening them slightly) on parchment paper.
  7. To cook, simply heat oil in a large diameter pan on medium heat.  Drop balls onto heated oil and cook on the first side until brown, then flip and flatten with your spatula to cook the other side.
  8. If you freeze the “raw” batter first, simply thaw the patties a bit before frying.
  9. This batch made 26 mini patties using a rounded cookie scoop for each one.

ENJOY!

Todd ate his curry patty with a side of applesauce (not pictured) - May 12, 2015

Todd ate his curry patty with a side of applesauce (not pictured) – May 12, 2015

 

Mom & Dad - 2015

Mom & Dad – 2015

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day!

Since I only recently became a mother myself, I have to admit that I’m making brand new discoveries all the time!  Among these discoveries is a new and deepening recognition for all that you did for me (and Karin) growing up, and all that you continue to do for us.  A mother never stops mothering!

I had a wonderful childhood because of you and dad.  I am lucky to have you two for parents.  I was fortunate in so many ways.  I’m grateful that I grew up in the Pacific NW, where we hiked, biked, swam, sailed, skied…and more!  Our family had so much fun!

I’ve always felt loved and cared for.  I knew how hard you and dad worked for your family.  You did so much to make us kids happy.  You gave us tools for success.  You taught us responsibility.  And– this is so important:  I grew up secure in the knowledge that my parents really loved each other.  I didn’t have to worry about divorce.

I could go on and on, but I’m going to try to be succinct in this post!  (I guess you were the one who taught me how to tell stories so that they include EVERY detail.  Am I right?  Haha!)

Anyway…thank you so much for everything!

My real point is this, though…

Now that I have Todd, and now that I feel such an intense and indescribable depth of love toward him, and now that I’m learning just how far I’m willing to go for him, it just makes me realize that you probably felt all those similar feelings and emotions toward me when I was a baby.  (Did you?)

Did you really love me that much?  Wow– that’s more than I could ever imagine!

If you did…and if you do…then, now I really “get it.”  I “get” what it means to be a mother.  Todd did that for me!

Right now, I’m picturing you as the brand new mom and me as the baby.  In my mind, I look into our old childhood pictures– going back in time– and I think about what’s happening in those pictures from a new perspective.  It’s not just from my perspective, but now it’s also from yours.  Does this make sense?

If I felt your love before (and I sure did!), then I guess what I want to say is that I’m feeling it 100x more now.  I may be a 43 year old adult now, but in some ways I’ll always be your baby.  I’ll always be your child, no matter how old I get!

Often, I find myself wondering if Todd could ever possibly love me as much as I love him.  The way I feel about him, I can’t imagine that it’s even possible.  But, I can hope!

So– I guess that just makes me want to tell YOU just how much I love YOU.

I love you, mom!

Elisa

Russet potato home fries

Russet potato home fries

EASY HOME FRIES

The quick story behind this recipe:

According to Eric, I have a knack for making awesome home fries.  In general, home fries are so simple to make, but he complains that his fries never turn out as good as mine do.  Personally, I think the key to great fries is the oil:  you want to use just enough but not too much.  (Who knows, I could be wrong.)  Anyway, here is my recipe for delicious fries.  We (three) have been eating a lot of these lately!

Easy Home Fries (Russet Potato & Yam)

Easy Home Fries (Russet Potato & Yam)

INGREDIENTS:

2 large potatoes (I like to use a russet and a yam)
2 scant tablespoons olive oil
Your choice of seasonings (I like to use different salt-free blends)

ASSEMBLY:

  1. Scrub the russets and wash & peel the yam.  Cut into ~1/2 inch strips/pieces.
  2. Toss the cut potatoes in a large bowl with the olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle seasonings on the potatoes and toss again.
  4. Spread the strips/pieces on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Take care to space them so the fries don’t touch each other.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes.  (Check at 20 minutes).

That’s it!  It’s ridiculously easy, right?

Here, we had our fries for dinner with some salsa-seasoned pinto beans that Eric made, some peas, corn and Daiya cheddar style vegan shreds.

Easy Home Fries with a bunch of stuff on top!

Easy Home Fries with a bunch of stuff on top!

 

Well, shoot: Todd has a peanut allergy!

It all started on Friday, May 1st. I sat Todd in his chair for lunch, and I gave him some cantaloupe slices to start with. It was really sweet and juicy.  He’s such a good eater, so of course he loved it.  He’d had slices the day before, and 2 days before. Two weeks prior to that, he’d eaten his first cantaloupe.

About 10 minutes later, I quartered a banana and smeared some peanut butter (PB) on it. It was a thin enough layer to not pose a choking hazard, but the amount of PB was more than he’d been exposed to in the past. Before this peanut exposure, Todd had handled and tasted some pancakes made with banana and peanut butter. Probably very little was ingested, though. He’d also had some small smears of PB applied to his lips, and he’d been fed tiny amounts of frozen banana with PB from a spoon. Obviously, he’d had no reactions to these initial exposures.

The Lunch! - May 1, 2015

The Lunch! – May 1, 2015

As a side note, Todd slurps/eats about 1/4-1/3 cup of green smoothie every morning. This nutritionally dense smoothie contains frozen banana, along with orange, kale/collard leaves, frozen celery, canned pineapple chunks, frozen blueberries, avocado, pea protein and hemp protein. So– Todd’s banana consumption is frequent.

After I gave Todd the banana with PB, he chomped and munched and licked it right up. Because his hands and tray were already wet from the juicy melon, his face and arms were covered with everything.  His bib and clothing were getting soaked through, too.  Everything seemed fine, though.  When Todd was finished with what he wanted, I started cleaning him up.

Cantaloupe Face - May 1, 2015

Cantaloupe Face – May 1, 2015

I typically start by picking up a hand to wipe his forearm.  That’s when I noticed the large, red circular “welt” underneath his wrist.  I continued wiping and immediately noticed that both arms had multiple red spots with white centers.  My heart sunk, as it was a blatant food reaction.  I took off his clothing and noticed more spots on his chest and neck.  Fortunately, he wasn’t showing the severe symptoms of facial/throat swelling or difficulty breathing.  Other than the spots, he seemed fine.

The first big hive I noticed - May 1, 2015

The first big hive I noticed – May 1, 2015

More spots on the opposite arm - May 1, 2015

More spots on the opposite arm – May 1, 2015

I phoned the pediatrician’s office, and the outcome of that was the recommendation that I take Todd to the ER.  They knew that the hives were already fading, but they said that was the standard protocol since we were still within 2 hours of the reaction.  (Apparently it could have still gotten worse.)  I thought about it, I monitored Todd, I spoke with family, and I ultimately decided not to go to the ER.  My gut said it just wasn’t warranted.

The next morning, I felt quite confident that I could feed Todd his usual smoothie, and he was fine with it.  The banana was easily ruled out, I felt.  I doubted that the melon was the culprit, but I decided to withhold cantaloupe, just in case.  Obviously, I wasn’t going to expose Todd to any peanut.

On Tuesday, May 5th, the pediatrician’s office called me for a follow-up.  The MD referred Todd to an allergy doctor, and we were able to get seen the next day, May 6th.

Todd was tested via scratch test for the 7 “primary” foods (i.e. high risk foods:  chicken, corn, egg, milk, peanut, soybean, and wheat), plus banana and cantaloupe.  Of note, the doctor said that a negative test is more significant than a positive one, because there’s a high false positive rate (did he say 45%?).  The false negative rate is very low.

The doctor also confirmed that current data suggests that it’s good, from an allergy standpoint, to give an infant his/her first exposure to peanut in the first year of life.  (So, I did the right thing by exposing Todd).

Hanging out in the doctor's office - May 6, 2015

Hanging out in the doctor’s office – May 6, 2015

The test administration involved marking Todd’s back with pen, dripping the test liquids in the set distribution, then scratching the spots to allow the test liquids to penetrate the skin.  Then, wait 15 minutes.  There were 3 controls including a saline drop (S), nothing at all (I), and histamine (H).

Allergy testing - May 6, 2015

Allergy testing – May 6, 2015

Anything less than 3 mm isn’t considered significant, so even though Todd had a small hive from the soy (2 mm), they didn’t consider that cause for any concern about soy. Todd’s reaction to peanut was 8 mm. Nothing else caused a reaction.

Note:  being vegan, I had considered declining testing for the animal products, but I ultimately decided to go along with it just in case Todd is accidentally exposed to those animal products in the future, without our intent.  We certainly don’t plan to give him any animal products.

The recommendation given to us from the doctor is to avoid peanut for 1 year.  Todd will get a baseline blood test during his 9 month well baby appointment (in 2 weeks), and then a repeat blood test in 1 year.  We’ll see the allergy doctor again in one year, and based on Todd’s blood work, there’s a possibly of peanut re-introduction.

For now, we have an EpiPen Jr®. 2 pack and a bottle of children’s Benedryl (diphenhydramine) in case we need to treat any future severe or mild symptoms.  (The dosage for a mild reaction is 1.5 ml, which isn’t much!)  I assembled our “peanut allergy travel pack” to include the Pens, the diphenhydramine, a sterile syringe, and the information leaflets so that we can easily bring it with us wherever we go…exciting!

Allergy Medication Travel Pack

Allergy Medication Travel Pack

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

And so we wait a year!

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