FAAW: We Were Robbed

One thing that many non-food allergic families don’t often understand is the way food allergies restrict your life. It’s not something you consciously think about, but occasionally it hits you in the face just HOW much your life has been changed by the existence of food allergies. For FAAW, I … Continue reading

I Still Have FPIES Eyes

Long-time readers, you’re probably bored with this post by now, but because I have received such positive feedback on it, I’m re-posting it in honor of FAAW (Food Allergy Awareness Week). Just like I did last year.  Think of this as the “It’s A Wonderful Life” of my little food … Continue reading

Ten Thing I Wish I’d Known When My Kids Were Diagnosed With Food Allergies

This first trip back to work was good, but exhausting. Instead of trying to force my tired brain into writing, I thought I’d bring back a topic I’ve already addressed: Things I wish I’d known when we first got our food allergy diagnosis. Reading over this list today, I’m struck … Continue reading

My Child Is More Valuable Than Cake

Sigh. This a-gain? Didn’t we just DO this last year? Why yes, yes, we did. Renee Moilanen wrote about her discontent with her child’s school birthday party. And I wrote my rebuttal. (Along with about a zillion other Food Allergy Mama’s.) All those heightened emotions…all that energy expended…and lookiehere: just … Continue reading

Cinnamon Seasoned “Nuts” – Allergy Free!

Before Halloween, I was looking around for treat recipes for Jed. Flipping through Living Without magazine, I was intrigued by one of their Halloween recipes: Sweet & Spicy Cinnamon Garbanzo Beans. I never got around to making it before Halloween, but better late than never, right? So I made it … Continue reading

What Causes FPIES?

What causes FPIES? FPIES Mama’s often wonder this. Being Mom’s, we’re only too inclined to pile guilt onto our heads. We want to know if something we ate, drank, or did while pregnant made our kids sick. Fortunately, we have two Mama’s in our group who have twin children. In … Continue reading

Drinking Out of the Finger Bowl

So many FPIES Mama’s talk about frustrating or dangerous situations they’ve been placed in thanks to the ignorance – or rudeness – of friends and family. Situations where they’re invited to a play date with the assurance that all food will be kept in a safe location, only to arrive … Continue reading

A Healthy Baby

Last week on one of my flights we had a passenger board the plane with her gorgeous 6 month old daughter. As I’m a huge baby-lover, I struck up a conversation with the baby and the mother. (Yes, I shamelessly get a “baby fix” from playing with the babies on … Continue reading

How to Talk to Your Kids About Food Allergies

Over the last month, Jed has developed a new comprehension of our “food issues”. One night Darrel was eating a bowl of cereal before bed. Jed, of course, was fascinated and kept trying to get into Darrel’s food. Since Darrel is the only person in the house that can drink … Continue reading

Another One Bites The Dust

Last Thursday evening, Darrel and I decided to begin our next formula trial. We’d decided to go ahead and do a gradual trial before I returned to my last two weeks at work before the leave of absence, and Zac was at baseline on Wednesday. So, Thursday evening we gave … Continue reading