Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Making passes...

I can't believe I will write these words but...


And because he's an over achiever like his siblings... I'm calling eggs a pass, too.  We've been trialing it off and on for a while.  Baked in treats, straight up scrambled style... We only had one incidence of a bad diaper.  We'll chalk that up to an "unknown" ingestion. 

Eggs and Wheat. 

I'm almost brave enough to try soy.  Almost.

We have our allergist appointment next week.  He's going to fall over when I list our passes.  I'm leaning towards asking for a patch test for the few things he failed when he was 8 months old.  Although the good old breast milk test seems to be working for us.   He's practically eating what we eat (slightly altered, of course). I really need to trial chicken. That's the other biggie we eat that he's just had bits and pieces of here and there. No real trial. However, chicken.. turkey... aren't they kinda the same? Nevertheless, he's doing great with his food options.

I see an end to our nursing coming soon.  There have been days I've only nursed him 2 or 3 times.  Most days we nurse 4 times. 

Update on our iron intake... he doesn't really like beef.  So I've been giving him his iron supplements.  I mix it into his yogurt or applesauce and he just makes a face.  It really makes his food taste like metal.  But he eats it.  We go back to the ped in two weeks for that test.  However, I think I'll ask the allergist to do a quick test next week to see if his numbers are any better. 

Side note:  Jake's becoming a pro at spoon feeding himself!  It's messy, but he's learning.  I know I've wished this year would hurry up and pass so he could be "normal", but man, I'm missing him being a baby.  He's growing up too fast.  *sniff*

Second side note: He now says "thank you" when I give him food.  double *sniff*

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Four days... Nothing.

Four days of wheat now and nothing.  Nothing at all.  Normal, happy, Jake.

Could he really be starting to grow out of some of this already?  He had a slight reaction on his patch test 8 months ago to wheat.  Back then I thought he was reacting to wheat in my diet.  I stopped eating wheat for 2 months.  When I introduced it back into my diet, he was fine.  Of course the patch test is not that reliable.  He could have been fine with wheat back then, too.  Or maybe he's healing and his gut is maturing?

If this really is going to be a pass... I'm just going smile and take it.  Again, I don't understand it.  But we'll take it.  And I thought dairy made our life easier.  This takes the cake.  Literally. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Its unofficial... Jake's trialing wheat.

Yesterday Jake begged and cried until I gave him a bite of my steak soft taco.  I have no idea what was in the tortilla.  I'm guessing white flour and soybean oil.

Today he begged and cried until I gave him my pizza crust.  PIZZA CRUST.  I think I've jumped off the deep end. 

I'm not winning mother of the year over here.  But it's not like I gave him a rice crispy treat. I will draw the line somewhere. 

I guess I could be one of those moms who say "if Jake can't have it, then none of us will".  But why should my big kids be punished for Jake's dysfunctional gut?

The truth is, every time I eat something, I think about his reaction.  Will he whine and cry for it?  Can I make something that looks similar and trick him?  Some days I make my older kids wait until Jake's taking a nap to have a snack. 

Some days I've just said NO too many times.

I don't like hiding things from my kids.  I don't like eating when he's not looking.  I don't like telling my older son we can't meet his friends for pizza at lunch time because Jake will throw a fit.  I don't like eating dessert in shifts so Jake doesn't see.  But when we're at the grandparent's for dinner (every Sunday), dessert is always there. I'm so tired of saying NO.

So, today I said YES.  We're trialing wheat.  In our own unconventional way. 

I really hope this doesn't come back and bite me in the ass.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Jake had his 15 month well check today.  He's growing.  20 lbs, 2 ounces (20%), 29 inches (3%). He's on his own curve, the doctor tells me. 

My main concern I wanted to share with the pediatrician was Jake's new "breath holding" behavior.  It has happened twice in the past month.  The first time it happened, Jake fell off a stool.  He didn't hit his head.  He just laid there doing a silent scream.  He was red faced.  We were waiting for the giant wail to come out, but it never came.  I picked him up, he went limp in my arms.  He wasn't breathing.  We called 911.  We were scared.  He came around with in seconds, but was very lethargic.  A few minutes later, we was crying and back with us.  A few minutes later he was FINE.  We stopped the ambulance from coming and thought maybe he had the wind knocked out of him. 

Last week, we were all walking to the park.  Jake went to tackle his big brother.  Big brother faked him out and Jake fell to the ground.  He hit his head.  I picked him up immediately.  He did that same silent scream.  We waited for the wail.  It never came.  His eyes rolled back in his head and he became very lethargic.  It scared us.  Again.  Within minutes he was crying, then back to his old self. 

Apparently these breath holding spells are normal.  It is the body's way of saying... "if you're not going to breath, I'm going to make you pass out so you're lying down and blood and oxygen can get to your head easier". 

However, breath holding spells can be a sign of anemia.  The pediatrician did a quick hemoglobin check.  Guess what?  Anemic.  His hemoglobin level was 10. 

The doctor wants Jake to start iron supplements.  I don't think they make them without ascorbic acid.  I'm not willing to "trial" ascorbic acid yet either.  I may see if I can have the pharmacist compound some for us. 

So guess what Jake is trialing this week? Beef. This boy needs some iron.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Savory Zucchini Corn Muffins

I've been in a baking funk lately.  Maybe because it's getting hot here and I don't want to turn on my oven.  However, today I felt like putting together something with corn and dairy.  My Dad dropped off his first zucchini of the season this morning and it was enormous!  Just the inspiration I needed! 

Do you see the size of that thing? 

Zucchini Corn Muffins
½ Cup millet flour
½ Cup corn flour
1 Cup corn meal
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
¾ Cup buttermilk
2 eggs
¼ Cup canola oil
2 Tbsp water
1 Cup shredded zucchini
¾ Cup whole kernel corn
2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
½ Cup grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 F.  Prepare muffin tins with paper muffins cups or lightly grease.  In large mixing bowl whisk together millet flour, corn flour, corn meal, baking powder and sea salt.  In separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, oil and water.  Gently stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until moistened.  Fold in zucchini, corn, basil and parmesan.  Spoon mixture into muffin tins.  Sprinkle extra parmesan on top if you like.  (I like!) Bake mini-muffins 15-20 minutes, or medium muffins 20-25 minutes until tops are golden.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  

My trip to Whole Foods and Sonic

Wow.  I haven't been to WF in over a month.  The only thing I really need to buy from WF is hulled millet and millet flour.  However, I always end up buying a cart load and spend way too much money there.  In an effort to avoid spending our whole paycheck at Whole Foods, I stocked up on my millet items over a month ago.  I finally ran out of millet this week.  I could not be happier!   

So today I went to WF.  Jake has since passed DAIRY and CORN.  Wow.  I know I keep saying that, but, Wow! I had so many CHOICES!  Did you know they make corn pasta?  Pasta!!  I almost fainted.  I bought corn tortillas (quesadilla anyone?), popcorn, cereal, corn meal, corn flour.  Sticking to my list, I also bought milk boxes, yogurt and buttermilk.  THEN... we went to the juice bar.  I ordered the kids a carrot and apple juice.  To die for.   It makes me really want a Vitamix. Jake was thrilled to be drinking something orange out of a straw cup like his brother. Oh happy day.  I really missed my Whole Foods "fix".  Once again I'm grounded for another 4-6 weeks.  It's like a sickness.

Next stop?  Sonic.  Did you know it was 100 degrees here today?  Hello heat.  I haven't missed you.  I hope your stay is short this summer.  A must in the summer is Sonic slushies.  If you go between 2 and 4 they're half price here.  For $2.30 I can buy four slushes.  Did you know they make a plain slush?  It's just frozen sugar water!  I talked to the girl on roller skates.  She verified with the manager inside.  Just frozen water and sugar.  Are you sure?  Yes.  Because my son has allergies.  Yes.

Jake's face was priceless as he slurped on his slush.  He was so happy. 

Things really are getting better around here.  We are going to survive this crazy FPIES.  Jake may never have McDonalds (rice flour on everything there!), but that's OK.  We're discovering other options.