Monday, February 27, 2012

Oh, hello there!

Hi there, poor, neglected little allergy blog o' mine. I'm not sure where the time has gone, except, wait, actually, yes I am. I had a baby boy in August, and as such critters are wont to do, he's been keeping me quite busy. Three kids under 5 is officially a handful in my book. With a scarcity of spare minutes for blogging, I've been devoting those minutes to capturing Waylon's babyhood and our girls' antics elsewhere rather than Georgia's allergies on this blog.

All of that said, I have made connections on this blog with other families dealing with food allergies (sidenote: my apologies to those of you to whom I owe emails; it's nothing personal but I've been terrible about correspondence lately), plus I like having some record of Georgia's progress, so I'm not yet interested in totally foregoing this blog or shutting it down.

They say when you get behind in school, sometimes it's best to just let go of what you haven't done and instead start reading for the next class. With that sentiment in mind, I'm jumping back into this blog without rehashing every detail of the past 6+ months.

But there were a few events worth mentioning...

In September, our family participated in a FAAN Walk for Food Allergy. I am not sure whether Georgia really got a kick out of being in a community of supportive people and others with food allergies, or if I was just projecting that sentiment on to her because I sort of felt that way? Anyway, it was a gorgeous fall day. We tried to explain to Georgia beforehand that the purpose of the walk was to raise money for scientists and doctors to learn more about food allergies, and she really latched on to that apparently. My favorite part of the walk was that she kept asking where the scientists and doctors were. "Is he one of the scientists, mommy?"

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011
It was a 2 stroller kind of day for our crew.

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011
Waylon, always the supportive little brother at 5 weeks old, wore his green ribbon in honor of his big sister. (Blue ribbons were for those with food allergies, green for friends and family.)

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011
Good thing this wasn't a race; I think we would've come in dead last. Actually, we didn't really complete the whole walk, but I think it's the thought that counts, don't you? At this point in our life as a freshly minted family of five, I was impressed with us just for showing up.

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011
June enjoying some fancy top 8 allergen-free jelly beans. (They had all sorts of free goodies there.)

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011
I think I look pretty terrible here, but with good reason, right? And now you can see part of the reason our troupe was moving so slowly.

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011
Georgia proudly showing off her free t-shirt.

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011
Normally, people with food allergies just want to fit in with the crowd and be "normal." But when you're 4, you think it's pretty darn cool to get your very own special blue ribbon just for having allergies.

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 2011
June kept running way ahead of us on this path along Lakeshore Drive. I love her wobbly toddler jogging. : )

Oh, shoot. Look at the time! Well, I had intended to write about Georgia's October allergist appointment, too, but if I wait to complete that, this will probably never get posted. So I'm just going to hit "Publish Post", run to get in the preschool pickup line now, and save the rest for a different day. Ta ta!

3 comments:

Crystal said...

Love it!

Sarah said...

Oh, fun! I wish we had a walk closer to us! Actually it looks so neat, maybe we'll have to travel to one this year. Congrats on the baby, too- we had a little boy in August as well and, fingers crossed, no signs of allergies for him! :)

mamab2 said...

What a fantastic event for you guys to be involved in!!! :) I am jealous as I don't think we have one anywhere close to us. Congratulations on you new baby boy- your kids are precious! My son (5 years old) is allergic to dairy, egg, and tree nuts. We are going back for further testing and possibly a food trial. We have been strictly avoiding for about 5 years (he had reactions while he was breastfeeding...) So- thank you for sharing about your daughter outgrowing her allergies. It gives me hope! :) Looking forward to future posts! (I have been behind on mine, too. :) )