Saturday, October 23, 2010

Others Just Don't Get It

To the average person you probably don't think to much about food or drinks. It's so easy to go anywhere and not worry. Even to a parent with a child without food allergies. You can enjoy yourself and feel relaxed, well most of the time.  What I am trying to say is this.

Last night we went to my nephew's first birthday party. A happy occasion, with lots of presents, cake and ice cream. I always get alittle nervous with family functions now that Tinleigh is walking. She always on the go and wants to be with the older kids.

We didn't even make it to cake time without Tinleigh finding someones sippy of milk. I was sitting right there beside her I turned for just a second talking to someone and BAM she finds a cup out of no where. I swiped her up and gave her medicine hoping she didn't get very much. She seemed to do fine while we were there.

I'm not looking for sympathy. I looking for family members to be more cautious. I can't do it alone. This is exactly the reason I don't let anyone babysit her. They don't get that it's really a big deal. A family member says, "Oh, she drank some milk." Like it's no big deal. This person knows about her allergies.

The point I am trying to get across is, you have to work harder as a parent. You have to be more cautious! Especially when you have a little one that doesn't know what her or she can eat or drink. Do you ask other parents to keep theirs kids drinks up on a table? I mean I have Ainsleigh do this, but is it rude to ask others? Would you be offended if I went to your house and ask you to keep your kids drinks where Tinleigh couldn't reach them? (Sorry if this post is all over the place)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dealing With Food Allergies


Once I realized that Tinleigh's food allergies were worse than I thought I starting searching and researching. I found this book, Dealing with Food Allergies. This has by far given me more insight on what is happening to her body when she ingests an allergen. I definitely recommend getting it before you see an allergist. Reading it will give you better knowledge of what they are doing, how they read the test results and what needs to be talked about at the appointment. Food allergies are an eye opening experience and shouldn't be taken lightly. You can get this book for $17.21 with free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Baby Steps


Were are making some progress. It's great to see the numbers go up than down. Well, not for myself that is. Tinleigh's weight today was 19.4lbs. Progress my friends! I will weigh her again on Saturday and see where we are at.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Cookies


What you need

2C flour
1/2C sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 mashed bananas
1/2C oil
1 egg (or egg replacement)
1 TBSP coconut milk (or another alternative)
1 tsp vanilla


Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and sea salt. Add bananas, oil, eggs, coconut milk and vanilla. Mix until well blended.

Next drop even amounts of batter on well greased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees for 11-13 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Enjoy!

You may add in 1/2C dairy free, soy free chocolate chips but we were out.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Results Are In...


This morning when Tinleigh woke up I changed her diaper and took her in to the scale to weigh her. I will be doing this daily and updating the results weekly. Today she weighed 19.1lbs. I know not every scale weighs the same so this will be for my records. I pray we can get her to at least  20lbs in 2 weeks.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies


A great recipe to use up ripe bananas. We are lucky if they last two days around this house.

What you need

2C flour
1/2C sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 mashed bananas
1/2C oil
1 egg (or egg replacement)
1 TBSP coconut milk (or another alternative)
1 tsp vanilla
1C dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips (we use Enjoy Life)

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and sea salt. Add bananas, oil, eggs, coconut milk and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

Next drop even amounts of batter on well greased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees for 11-13 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Enjoy!

The List Keeps Growing

Earlier this week I updated on Tinleigh's progress.  I had decided to take peas and green beans out of her diet. This has done wonders for her bowel movements. This alone I think will help her gain alittle weight. I have been giving her raisins. Yesterday she had a small box and asked for more, so I gave her alittle more.

Let's just say she won't be eating raisins anymore for awhile. She just pretty much passed them whole. We are taking everything slowly. Introducing one new food at a time. That's about all you can do. Starting tomorrow I am going to try and weigh her every morning to see if we are making progress. I will be updating how she is doing.  Here is her growing list of foods that she can not have.

Dairy
Soy
Grapes
Peas
Green Beans
Raisins
Peanuts
Tree Nuts

What foods have you had to eliminate?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Banana Crumb Muffins




What You Need:

1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 mashed bananas
1/2 C sugar
1 lightly beaten egg
1/3 C melted dairy free, soy free butter
1/3C packed brown sugar


Topping

2 TBSP flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP dairy free, soy free butter


Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray pan with canola oil.

In a large bowl, mix together mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add in egg, sugar, bananas and melted butter. Stir until all ingredients are mixed together. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Mix in butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over batter.

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Gluten Free Crackers

If you are looking for a gluten free cracker, Glutino is the brand. When we thought Tinleigh had a wheat allergy these were the crackers that we found for her. Everyone in our house approved of them. Right now you can get them for $17.88 shipped when you subscribe and save. When checking out enter GLUTENFR in the promotional code to get the full discount.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Organic Lollipops

If you are looking for an safe treat for your little one to eat, look no further.  Organic Lollipops are allergen free. Right now you can get this tub for only $8.40 shipped. Just make sure you select Subscribe and Save and enter SEPYUMMY when you check out.

A Tinleigh Update

Yesterday we spent the day in Indy. Tinleigh had an appointment with her GI at Riley's Children Hospital. The appointment went ok. The good news is they don't want to run an tests on her. But she is dropping off  the charts. She has fallen to the 3rd percentile. We are in the process of introducing some new foods to her, but as you know it takes time.

Last week we tried steamed broccoli and cauliflower. So far we are doing very well with this. I have taken away peas and green beans from her diet and she is finally starting to have more solid stools. (Sorry for the TMI) Hopefully we can get her gaining weight. Mashed potatoes seem to be another favorite right now with her. Now that I know she is gonna be on Neocate for at least 8 more months I think I can start stocking up on it again.

Please check back, I will be posting recipes in the next day or so.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

I'm BAAAACK!

Well, it's been since July that I have been here. Tinleigh has had her allergy testing done. Her results came back with her being allergic to peanuts and soy. Milk didn't show up on either test. We we're told that we could reintroduce dairy to her but I felt I didn't want to try it at the time.

Fast forward to a couple days ago. I decided to give her a piece of cheese. All went well she never reacted. So yesterday I gave her some yogurt. I thought all was going well until early evening. She started breaking out in a rash and got very upset. It took me quite a while to get her calmed down. I gave her some allergy medicine and rocked her. Finally I was able to lay her down at midnight.

It makes me feel like a horrible mother when this happens. Granted we have not dealt with this for 3-4 months. The allergist felt very confident that she was not allergic to dairy and I was sure praying she wasn't either. Oh well, we just have to roll with the punches and move on. She has an appointment Monday with her GI so we will see what they have to say. I know her weight will be a concern since she has only gained 8oz in three months. More updates to come. I PROMISE!!!!