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Emptying the fridge

I took very few food photos this week and a million other pics, but I decided to pop in to wrap up the week really quickly before our Christmas vacation starts.

I brought home some leftovers from my parents’ house on Sunday, but didn’t feel like round two of the same exact meal that night, so instead we had a bunch of other leftovers that were already in the fridge.

This chicken and orzo dish.

This curry (on it’s fourth meal!) with turkey.

And now a quick OIT update.

We are A MERE THREE APPOINTMENTS from the end of this whole journey.

Up until now, the staff has been grinding and weighing the doses out for me at our appointments so I have a week or more supply, but since we are getting close to the end, I have to start making my own doses.

I bought this (jewelry) scale because it’s the one they use in the office and thanks to amazon prime it was on our front porch by the time I was home that weekend.  It measures to the 0.000 decimal, which they require, and now if I need to weigh all my diamonds I’m set!  JK!!  😛

This is ~2 1/2 peanuts’ worth ground up.  They were nice enough to make me a bunch of extras so I could get creative with ways to administer it.  I mentioned it before, but P has been having mega issues getting his doses down now that the amount is so high.  It’s a good problem to have, because now I’m thinking the likelihood of him having an accidental exposure that’s larger than 4 g (the end goal) is pretty much nonexistent (but you never know).  Anyway, having him hate peanuts is great but also not great since he presumably has to eat them once a day for the rest of his life.

First thing I did when we got home was make a pancake batter for the next day..to add doses into, one by one, so that each pancake would have the exact amount required for one day’s peanut portion.

I made mostly normal ones, obvs.

For the peanut ones, I added the ground up nuts after the pancake was mostly cooked, then poured a little more batter on top before flipping it (so the peanut would be totally hidden inside and also we wouldn’t get peanuts on our skillet).

It was a major success.  No gagging, no problem.  He ate it fast and without complaint and so the next time I made pancakes (a few days later) I made a bunch more the same way.

And on the dairy front…

Another hit!

With 5 g of protein per tube, it’s the perfect little dosing vessel. And while it’s not organic milk 🙁 at least there isn’t as much sugar in these as I thought there would be.  It’s a good break from cheese and milk.  Diversity is key since he has to take his dairy dose twice a day (peanut is just once).

Thumbs up!

Double thumbs up!

Did I mention I got these for P?  In a moment of weakness over the summer, I saw them for super cheap on our town’s kid2kid resale site. It was while V had her cast and I was feeling sad for P being neglected.  The’ve been hiding ever since.  He has been in heaven ever since he opened them, but I amazon primed noise cancelling headphones that night.

And now the rest of the week’s food that I caught on film, in no particular order…

Christmas dinner round two.  Those sweet potatoes!!!

This was one of two proper meals I made this week.  And Kyle looooved it.  It’s basically a version of one of my go-to lunch salads.

Kale + cabbage + bell pepper + cilantro + shredded carrots + quinoa + Nugget Market Thai salad dressing.

We had leftover fried rice from a gobble meal the week before so I mixed that into the kids’ portion instead of the dressing (because it’s pretty spicy).

Normally I’d go for cashews on top, but since I’d already had heaps of nuts that day I did sunflower seeds instead.

The other dinner I made was based on these wonton meatballs.  Truth be told, I wouldn’t have gone all out to make a meal like this for just me and the kids but I forgot Kyle was going to be gone so whatever.

The nom nom paleo recipe uses ground pork, shrimp, and mushrooms, but I didn’t have shrimp so I just used ground beef and ground pork. And instead of mushrooms I used this…

Which is Michelle’s own brand of seasoning salt, and is pretty much umami fairy dust in a jar.

I served it with cauli rice that I needed to use up.  I’m kinda embarrassed to say, I ate this plate and two three more after that.  They were so good and before I knew it, they were almost all gone!  My kids ate a bunch too, but it’s not normal for three people to consume 3 pounds of meat in one sitting, so I am going to be compensating with some plant based meals in the near future.

Starting with this!

I caught these greens before they went gross just in the nick of time!  I added avo, cashews, and my favorite Thai dressing.

BOOCH.

This salad had raw walnut “taco meat” + romaine + tomatoes + shredded carrots + avo + cashew reserve “chedda cheese” + Siete chips.

Mexi-lunch made entirely from plants.

At this point I was starting to seriously scrape the bottom of the fridge.  So that was basically the last of the veggies.

ZZZZZ.

Nourish bread and almond buttah x2.

V serving a side of cheeeese.

Check out that coconut cream!  Makes coffee bliss.

You’re backwards girl.

Want to see that bread zoomed in?

Just look at the density of nutrients!

I built these slices into two nice little toasts, with avo and smoked salmon, and carrots on the side.

Don’t worry, I had more than four carrots.  But most of the time carrots escape the camera because they’re a constant snack as I make my meals.

I need to freeze these. I ate 5000 calories after 8 pm because Kyle was gone another night and the kids test me to the limit.  I wish I didn’t turn to cookies, but you gotta cope somehow (that isn’t screaming at the top of your lungs).

OUT. OF. VEGGIES.

The kids had (leftover) steak and mashed potatoes and avocado.  So random.  Even more random, was my avocado and bacon sandwiches on top of some “blender bread” rolls I had in the freezer.

Kyle got home later so I made him pasta.

The fridge is seriously empty.  The only thing left are some herbs, which I actually used to make into a big jar of “herb ranch dressing” using this recipe.

Have you entered to win some bars?  You have until Christmas!

Nut drama

Somehow I forgot to post about Tuesday.  And by “somehow” I mean, Kyle was out of town and I was just trying to stay afloat.  The advent season is all consuming, you know?  Every day I’m trying to figure out which events are happening and when and what presents I bought for who and what baked goods I’m supposed to bring where and when is this party and that party and that’s just the half of it.  It’s so fun, but leaves me feeling a bit frazzled.  I want to do the best to make the season fun, but maintaining some sanity in the process.

She knows she’s cute and it’s dangerous.

V and I did stroller strides on Tuesday which was cold and windy but better than trying to find the motivation at 6 am when they both got up.  Oof.  I was soooo tired and dragged my feet to get out of bed HARD.  Kids don’t have any appreciation for sleep.  Such a shame.

Here’s the start of my lunch: kale, cabbage, roasted butternut squash, candied walnuts, and a EVOO + balsamic mix.  But then I realized it needed a little something else.  So I went with cheese.

Sheep pecorino romano to be exact.

With carrots on the side.

I spent the afternoon at back to back gymnastics for the wee ones.  Snacks and books for each while the opposite was in class.

Came home to this, so now I have two of the week’s meals accounted for.  Since Kyle was gone I didn’t make them that night.

Instead I made this raw ground walnut “meat” for tacos/taco bowls.

V loved it last time, but P was questionable on it, so I figured if I put it in a taco shell he wouldn’t bat an eye.

I was actually wrong.  His palate is phenomenal.  For better or worse, he can detect nuts hidden inside anything.  I know this because I’ve tried to trick him into cashew “cream” based things and now I’m trying to do it with his peanut doses (which are getting harder and hard because of how much he HATES peanuts), soooo…it’s a blessing and a curse.

More on that later.

I had mine in a bowl with romaine, like a salad, and had some more smoky cheddar cashew “cheese” from the Cultured Kitchen.  I swear I posted about this the last time I tried it (it’s from that same purchase, which was well over a month ago, so that’s good to know it lasts), but I can’t find that post.  I used it as a sauce on spaghetti squash last time and was totally blown away.  It was just as awesome this time.  It’s not cheap, so it’s a treat for sure, and I’m shocked I’ve been able to make it last as long as I have.

I gave them two tacos each, which they started to devour, until P got to the walnut portion.  That stalled him big time.  It’s like he is a walnut detecting dog or something.  It wasn’t that big of a deal because I told him he needed to get over it, but it slowed him wayyyy down.  What’s with his new nut aversion???  Is it all due to his peanut dosing (which he gags down these days)?  It was never so much a problem until recently. Maybe I’m just overanalyzing because peanut dosing is all I live and breathe right now.

This was super good, thanks to the numerous yummy ingredients but I wanted a little crunch so…don’t think I’m super weird now…but I added these in to my salad.

A) They were delicious.

B) Now for the back story.  In Michelle Tam’s book Ready or Not she has a “nacho” recipe that uses chicharrones instead of chips.  The first time I saw it I thought it was genius.  Talk about clever and creative!  The next time I was at a non-TJs generic store I sought them out.   I was surprised to see that epic (a trustworthy brand with high quality sourcing) makes them in cool interesting flavors.  This may seem obvious, but let me just disclose up front that I’ve never tried pork cracklings.  Because they sound 100% disgusting.  But I’m also food curious, so I bought a bag for sh!ts and giggles.  The bag has been in the pantry for a few weeks.  Until now.  I didn’t feel like chips, but I wanted the textural crunch that you’d get from a crispy tortilla and I remembered the chicharrones.  So I added some to my salad and guess what!?!  It was really good!  But I could only handle like 3-4 in the salad because on their own they are…how do I say this…pretty nasty. It’s like eating fried airy pork fat and it’s utterly bizarre.  I know that sounds weird, but I don’t know how else to describe this odd food.  Anyway, I liked it in the salad, but can’t recommend them on their own as a snack.

My poor baby.

I tried to make his dose more disguised by baking it into a “cookie.”  The thing is, I don’t have any extra doses, so I can’t mess it up.  I’m going to ask for more at our next appointment so I have some additional ones to play around with, but for now, I’m doing the best I can do with what we have.  I made a small batch of dough and then split it into four portions, two for the bottoms and two for the tops, so I could put the ground up peanuts in between and then form two whole cookies.  I did it soooo carefully so all of the peanut went into the cookie and then baked it, hoping for the best.

And as you can see by the above photo, he was pretty meh on it.

At first he was trying to be upbeat and excited, but that wore off when he started tasting the peanut and then had to choke down the rest of the cookie (in under 10 minutes).  He can feel it and it’s very upsetting for him, and therefore me too.  I feel terrible.  This is the first we have encountered this in our oit journey, although I was kinda waiting for it since sooo many people on the facebook page are always discussing this same issue.  How to get their kid to take their doses… If the payoff weren’t SO worth it, I’d be more likely to throw in the towel, but we can’t after getting this far.  It will save his life one day and he understands that (as best a 4 year old can) and so I’m just going to try to be as supportive as possible and hope that this is a phase that will pass.

I have a million questions and ideas to run by the staff at our next oit appointment, so I’ll update you as I try new things.

In the meantime, let me just tell you about how oit may have actually saved him just yesterday!

Do you see the problem here??  Do you see how terrible this label is for people with peanut allergies??  WHAT THE HECK COSTCO!?!?!  We’ve already filed a complaint so hopefully others don’t have this accident, but omg, I nearly gave him this trail mix!  It was on his plate and he had one piece of mango before I whisked it away (thank goodness I did a triple check of ingredients).  Ugh.  Peanut oil on the nuts but peanuts not listed as an allergy!!!  FAIL.

The perks of Friday traffic

Another Friday in Fremont getting this guy through desensitization treatment.  The doses are getting pretty high now (more than a peanut’s worth!) so we decreased the number of updoses this appointment (3 instead of 4).

I’m so proud of him.  And I’m pretty sure the staff thinks he’s the greatest too.  🙂

Since we were done an hour sooner than usual, I decided to get on the freeway asap and try to avoid the traffic.  The drive back home gets more congested by the second; and for every minute past noon that we wait is like an extra 30 minutes of bumper to bumper hell.  Friday traffic!!!

As a result we got to the East Bay in an easy breezy 30 minutes.  WF lunch date with my dude!  Not the Fremont WF, but a WF nonetheless.  Happy mama.

He picked out his own salad bar creation with no input from me, including chickpeas, peas, cucumber slices, roasted bell pepper, raw cauliflower, croutons, and romaine.

And then we shared the roasted carrots (below), but the kimchi brussels slaw was allll mine.

I got us some Simple Mills crackers to “share” too, although P was pretty content with his “crunchy things” (aka croutons) so I took them down myself.

And some of this tarragon chicken salad.

Kyle got off work early and so we all reconvened at my parentals before a mega shopping trip.  For clothes!  For me!  The kids were not easily entertained but we made it through three stores nonetheless.

When we got home I got to work on dinner.  We were all supposed to eat together so my parents got a bunch of food for us, but then they remembered they had a Christmas party to go to.  Sooo I just made the food for us.

Check out my mom’s cool sweater!  HA!  The kids loved the target practice 🙂

Roasted asparagus, potatoes, and chicken for the win.  Sometimes simple is best.

I ended up running out to the store for a kombucha after V was in bed because I felt like I needed some ginger fizz to end the night.  My stomach was SO WEIRD all day.

Once again, we spent the night at my parents’ and once again, they were up wayyyyyy early.

I took V to the bathroom around 4 am, and was nervous neither of us would get back to sleep, but we did.  Then she woke up for good around 6, but Kyle got up with her so P and I could “sleep in” until 6:30.

I dragged my feet for another hour before lacking up my shoes to go for a run.  I felt really stuff and slow and I’m not sure if that was due to the cold temps or the fact that I was not in the mood to run.  Whatever.

My mom and dad were frying heaps of bacon when I got back, which we had with leftover potatoes and scrambled eggs. I added Hawaiian black salt to my eggs, which has a unique charcoal like flavor.  If I had the kitchen space I’d start a finishing salt collection for sure.

We did MORE shopping in Walnut Creek after breakfast and then packed up and drove back to Davis for lunch.

I had the rest of the kale cashew slaw salad and crackers for lunch.

We had no afternoon plans but inadvertently ended up being really productive with some house and yard work as a team.  It was awesome. After the kids woke up form naps, they played around in the yard while we worked and then it got dark so we all came in.

I already discussed this superb dinner, which I followed with my THIRD night sans chocolate.

P picked this out from WF as a treat for his dairy dose.  I wasn’t sure if he’d like it or not, but gave him the chance to try it, figuring if he didn’t I’d eat it.  I prefer whole milk yogurt to nonfat, but they are hard to find, so I was happy to get this flavor for that reason alone.

Note that I remembered to zero the scale with the bowl AND spoon on it this time.

It smelled SO GOOD!  Like pumpkin cheesecake.  MMmmm.  Like the other greek yogurt I gave him as a dose, this has 12 g of protein, so I weighed out 1/3 of the container.

I’m curious about how much dairy he could have all at once, but am not sure I’m ready to push it since he hasn’t reached maintenance with peanut (yet!?).  One thing I keep forgetting to mention (for other allergy mamas) is that ever since we started peanut oit, his eczema is gone.  It had flairs on and off throughout dairy, especially when he was sick and so his immune system was working double time.  But now that he is getting desensitized to his final allergen, his body keeps showing us all the ways it is benefitting from this treatment!  SO worth the traffic.

Been up to

Sorry to disappear, but Kyle had to fix my computer (it’s old and bogged down with 100000 kid photos) and as you can imagine, that’s not exactly how he wants to spend his free time…soooo…I was computer-less for a while. But now I have uploaded everything from my phone and am ready to dump it all on you.  Excited?

I made salsa out of these.  The plant is out of control and taking over the yard.  It’s completely insane and I don’t know what to do but rip it out because it’s literally crept out in every direction and now occupies 1/4 of the patio.

I forgot to take a picture of the final product, but here’s one of the jars (in the freezer). All I did was add salt, cilantro and green onion to the tomatoes.

Relaxing to some music…which ended up in him taking a snooze in the toy room.  He is so predictable when he assumes that kicked back position in the 2-230 time range.

And now…the evolution of a perfect lunch salad.

Kale! It was on sale last week at WF so I bought one bunch to switch things up form my normal dino kale routine. I washed it and stripped it from the stalks and covered it in balsamic dressing.

And then massaged it like crazy.

Then I added in avo, roasted butternut squash, and smoked salmon.  You guys keep asking what kind of salmon I get, so here’s the package.  I buy it at Costco.  It’s soooo good.

I ate baby carrots all throughout the making of the salad and then more on the side during.  And then more again after the salad was done.  All.  The.  Carrots.

It’s pretty no?

Oops. I ended up opening these later though.  My carb cravings weren’t met with the squash I guess.

I don’t know how these end up in the pantry.  I actually managed to stick to (what I’m guessing is about) two servings. World record in the moderation department!

Leftover short ribs for dinner with kimchi on the side.

After that we drove to my parents’ house to spend the night before Fremont.

I borrowed my dad’s YETI for my monster smoothie.  It had all the usual suspects…blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kale, sunbutter, chia seeds, ice, and water.  I brought protein powder to add in, but didn’t end up using it.

YOU GUYS!  We reached a SUPER huge milestone with OIT.  P has now reached “cross contamination free” status (!!!) – meaning he can eat things that “share equipment” or are “processed in a facility” with peanuts without worrying about getting exposed. Amazing right!  And his dose is the equivalent of 1/10th of a peanut.  Like, undiluted, straight up ground peanut pieces.

#oitworks

We celebrated with a WF lunch date, per usual.

He got these for free (part of WF kids program) but didn’t actually eat them – rather used them as a fun puzzle game before swiping the second half of my carrot.

Carrot thief!  It left his face orange for the rest of the day too.

I bought this as a treat for myself and guess what!?  It was expired and sour 🙁  Which I didn’t find out until I got home and tried it the next day.  WOMP WOMP.  Soooo bummed to have wasted my $ on this but I am going to try to remember to ask for my money back when we go back in a couple of weeks.

Luckily, our drive home wasn’t too bad because we only had to go half way to my parents’ casa.  P still fell asleep on the way, but was happy to wake up to a house full of aunties and uncles in the pool.  Family time!

My sissie wasn’t doing so well though, so she stuck to the corner sipping her pedialyte.

Beauties.

Burger time.

Udi’s bun, vegenaise (NOM), stone ground mustard, home-made ketchup, lettuce, and a beef burger. Corn and Earth Balance too.  Oh and the most important part of all…champagne.  Just because.

These crazies stayed up way past their bedtime.

Once both kids were bathed we put V down but let P stay up until Uncle Dan arrived.

He looooooves Uncle Dan.

We let him stay up even later too, because he wanted to sing Happy Birthday to Uncle Chrissy.  How lucky that my sisters married such awesome dudes.

We were up and out of the house early the next morning because we had stuff to get back to in Davis, but first, a breakfast date with the four of us at American Kitchen.  I’d been here for lunch once before and liked it and it was just as good this time too.

It’s still surreal going out to eat with Pacman nowadays and ordering him food off the menu.

Kyle got steak huevos rancheros.

P got bacon (and toast and eggs to split with V, but really he just ordered bacon -ha!).

And I got the Benedict on GF bread with avocado added.  So good!  There were a few other things that caught my eye on the menu so we will definitely be back.  It’s one of the more GF friendly places in my hometown, too, so it’s basically going to become my go to spot. Urban Remedy is a block away too.  Dangerous sitch.  I didn’t buy anything this time.

We went straight to a birthday party and then came home to relax for a second before deciding if we had the energy after naps to go to Brew Fest and the UC Davis football game.  We decided against both, opting for a tennis date instead.

It was gorgeous weather out, so I’m pretty happy with our decision.  And then we ran to the store for dinner ingreds.

Oh this was my lunch BTW.

Sooooo, my parents gave me a little early birthday present.

The new Nom Nom Paleo cookbook Ready or Not. And I haven’t put it down since.  I immediately wanted to make everything in it.  So I started (small) with a sunbutter hoisin sauce to accompany the BBQ skewers we were already planning on making.  The best thing about these recipes is that they are all GF and DF.  And for this sauce, I didn’t even need to go to the store – we had everything on hand!

Dates get sticky and thicken that sauce right up!  Yummmmmy.

I also marinated the proteins in a recipe from the book.

Kebab-ing the night away.

The onions were all for Kyle (and I made extra to use in a strata that I was making for him later).

Voila!

The kids were meh on the sauce, but I don’t care, I happily doused my own dish in it all.

And then dessert!  Impulse shortbread cookie purchase at WF.  Sigh.  It’s really dangerous going there after OIT.  I am usually starving and also riding a high from whatever progress we have just made…which lends itself to celebratory buys.  In this case, it was the cookie and the cashew milk.

I had the entire thing (oops) and some See’s.  Sugar load much?

More catch up posts coming soon.

Food from friends

OH MAN.  Where to start.

After a month of hard work I fiiiiinally reset my sweet tooth’s chocolate cravings and now I am scared I’m slipping back into old habits.  Blahhhh.  It’s so easy to be like “cut yourself some slack, Elise” – the excuses just roll off the tongue during hard times, but I don’t want to go back to that!!!!

Stress — > chocolate

My friends also KNOW ME SO WELL and hook me up with the good stuff, soooooo, it’s basically impossible to say no.  I want to be strong I really do, but my willpower is definitely being tested right now.

The mini muffin shaped chocolates above are these coconut oil chocolate bombs that my friend made.  The recipe is from another friend (the other Elise) and our group is obsessed with them.  You have to store them in the freezer because the coconut oil will melt if not chilled, but it’s wise to store them there anyway because otherwise you will eat them all at once.  And that amount of coconut oil….well…you know…fortunately, I practiced moderate self control and stuck to two servings at once.  TMI warning: my IBS during the 48 hours we were in the hospital was on par with my old self and I was so anxious I barely ate anything and it took 4-5 days for me to finally have a BM again.  I’m back to “normal” now but I can’t help but feel sad that this all went down after I made such an effort to get my gut back to a more healthy state.  Life, huh!? I’ve started taking some herbs again for digestive support during this time.  No rigorous schedule like before, but when I think about it, once a day at least.

This is the recipe for the curry my friend brought us that first day we got home from the hospital.  It was AMAZING and I immediately texted her for the recipe.  P liked it too (V was not into food at this point).  I will 100% be making this again.

She woke up way too early and because she was in so much pain I held her and rocked her until she fell back asleep, and then didn’t dare move a muscle for the next couple of hours despite being incredibly uncomfortable myself.

As you can see, I’m on the floor, but at least I had my phone.  It was like old times…nursing her and then having her pass out on me.  Only I was able to fit in a chair back then, obviously.

Breakfast!  I had some banana bread in the freezer, thank goodness.  After this I jetted over to target to grab a bunch of essentials.  We had made a list the night before, which included everything from multiple sizes of diapers (one small to tuck in and under the cast and then one huge one to put over the cast) to board games (things to do as a family on the floor) to pain meds (the tylenol/hydrocodone blend was not cutting it).

Kyle was home with the kids, holding down the fort, but I made a mental note of this bad boy!  I have a feeling this will be my friend in the future weeks.

Impulse purchase that I am SO glad we have.  This was the best $35 I have ever spent – at Target or anywhere. We seriously couldn’t live without it.  The angle of her cast prevents her from sitting upright and she clearly can’t stand, so what else is there to do with her?  She’s too big for all the baby items we pulled back out – the doorway  jumper, the activity table, etc. – so we really needed a portable place to put her.  This chair is awesome.  It’s sturdy and soft and actually kinda cute.

My sister came on Saturday and it felt like a superhero came in when we were at our lowest.  She insisted we go out and leave the kids with them.  And she brought us lunch (our fave salmon ABLT sandos from Nugget market)!  I went and got a pedicure and came back feeling much better.  Although to be perfectly honest, I still couldn’t relax enough to get rid of the ulcer forming pain in my stomach. I was aware of it all day and was really trying to chill myself out, but I guess my subconscious was taking it out on my my body.  So. Tense.  But V slept the whole time I was gone and so we took advantage of her well rested state and went for a walk to the park when she was up.  Kinda an aggressive outing for day one, but I wanted baby girl to get some air.

Never thought I’d use these swings for their intended purpose.

The problem is, she isn’t comfortable anywhere for any length of time and wants to be held more than anything. But she is heavy!  Auntie Laura got a work out and my biceps got an afternoon off.  🙂

Kyle grilled skirt steak for dinner and I made a kale salad with avocado, sheep pecorino romano, and dried cranberries.

This was too aggressive and I got way too overwhelmed when the meal was done and I had to clean up everything and P was tired and melting down and needed his doses and we had to figure out a way to bathe V. Too much, too soon.

Chocolate for dessert.

V slept a little bit better, but was still very much in pain so I continued around the clock dosing.  She hung out with me in the closet while I showered…With her matching bear and new purse (thanks to Auntie Laura and Uncle Chris).

I was running too late and sucked this down before P and I went to church.

It was delicious, in case you had any doubts.

As you’d expect, I cried my eyes out throughout church. Per usual, P and I were snuggling for the first songs of service (before I drop him at Sunday school) and he was so sweet, telling me he loved me when he saw I was wiping my eyes.  My little angel.  After P was with the other kids I went and sat with my girl friend and of course immediately burst into tears when I saw her.  Sometimes you just need a good cry.  And when the lyrics to every song and the message of the sermon seem to be directly speaking to you, it’s hard to hold it in.  I sure felt better afterwards.  And then when we got home grandma was there!!!  What a relief.  Kyle’s mom literally dropped everything to fly in for two weeks and I couldn’t imagine how we would be surviving right now without her.  There were so many times on Sunday that I thought I wouldn’t be able to do this for the next 4-5 weeks.  I literally couldn’t get my head around how we were going to make it work.  And the first few days were still especially hard, even with an extra adult on hand.  But slowly, it’s getting easier.  And we will make it.  I’m seeing it now.

They love each other so much.  I think it’s been hard for them in ways I hadn’t anticipated to not be able to play with each other the way they usually do.

Group trip to TJs!  We were out of everything.  They had people doing face painting, so both kids got flowers on their hands.  And P got to push a small cart with grandma!! Oh boy was he thrilled with that!

Kyle grilled pork chops and asparagus and I made a slaw.  V still wasn’t interested in food and I force fed her two bites and then gave up.  She was miserable with constipation and had no appetite, poor thing.

Kyle didn’t grill the asparagus long enough so they were a little crunchy and I think I actually liked them that way better than normal!  Is that weird?  I had made them in a foil packet with tons of olive oil and salt, so he couldn’t see there done-ness and just guessed.  So even though they weren’t cooked through all the way, I was pretty cool with it.  And P didn’t seem to mind either.

More chocolate to get me through the mental hurdle of accepting that the weekend was over and that Kyle was heading back to work.  Sigh.  THANK GOD Kyle’s mom was in town.  I wouldn’t have been able to cope with both kids and no other adult.

The next morning was more of the same – rotating her position and getting pain meds on board.  For the first time, she kinda ate a little something for breakfast, so that was good. And then we were off to paint and sing. Another activity that in hindsight was pretty adventurous for a casted child, but it was the last day so I didn’t want her to miss out.  Plus!  It was…

Eclipse day!

Kyle brought in glasses for the whole class so we kept the classroom door open and people popped outside over the two hour span whenever they wanted.  Beverly accompanied me to paint and sing too, so we had a decent ratio of adults to kids, but it was still hard to keep V happy.  Teacher Jeanne is amazing though, and set her up with a bunch of lap crafts that she could do in the bob stroller.  It was neat to see, but I doubt the kids appreciated the uniqueness of it.

I took a pic of my food!!  I used the spring greens salad bin to keep dishes to a minimum…and added roasted pecans, hot smoked salmon, avocado, baby carrots, and the small remaining portion of a kale salad from I don’t remember when.

Meanwhile, in the toy room, quiet time got reallllllly quiet.

My friend came by that afternoon for some socialization and we all went to the park behind our house to play and chat.  My friends have been incredible.  I was especially glad to hang out with Angela, though, because she had a spica cast when she was 10 so she had lots of personal insight to share.  Her situation sounded way worse, which made me realize I should be really thankful that V is doing as well as she is and her break isn’t worse.  The kids had a total blast playing together – acting out Lion King plot lines in the “jungle” near the park and then putting on another performance half way through our walk back home.

And then a little later another friend came by with dinner.

See how lucky I am!?!?

These recipes are all from her Whole 30 cookbook.  And I am strongly considering buying it now because every dish was as amazing as the one before it.  The beef was so flavorful.  And the kale salad!  Man oh man.  It had almonds and a citrus dressing and was sooooo good.  She offered me a full menu of options too!! Like, who does that?!!  Of course I chose kale.  And then she made squash from her garden too!!

Everyone loved this.  I got all the recipes, too.  THANK YOU ELISE!!!!  [Very blogworthy]

Beverly knows my weaknesses…and she managed to find all my favorites (not that it’s hard, since I have 2000 “favorites”).

Oh and Elise brought me these too, which I had for breakfast the next day, of course.

With cashew butter.

I went for a run too, so I was feeling pretty on top of it.  Sitting down for a proper meal after a good sweat sesh.

Little buddies.

We were planning on going to library, per usual, but then our friend invited us over to a tea party instead, so we decided to give it a go.  I took both kids with me, but regret it almost instantly when I realized it was a big group event.  Yikes.  V was still in full on mama mode, so I basically carried her around and held her for the duration of the time we were there.

The good news was that she ate something!  One slice of cheese.  Not much, but better than nothing.  For a child who’s appetite is usually bottomless, this is so weird.  Normally I’d be cutting her off so she wouldn’t eat the whole tray.

Pacman made up for her lack of hunger, though, and ate a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich, cheese and salami slices, snap peas, grapes, figs, and pirates booty.  SO MUCH DAIRY!!!!  And had no reactions whatsoever.  #oitworks baby!!!

And tea!  Naturally.

Mid way through the play date, I got a call that we had to go to Sac for an appointment for V.  I wasn’t prepared for this and it caused a bit of anxiety because I had three different people coming by to drop things off that afternoon, so I was really flustered. In order to make some calls I needed to put V in the stroller, but she didn’t want that at all and started freaking out.  I was kinda shaking and having a hard time, but Angela swooped in with a book and managed to turn a very resistant V into a captivated audience member.  Phew!  I left shortly after because I was too stressed out.  I brought both kids home and got V to bed right away so she’d get at least some kind of nap in before her appointment.

Meanwhile, P played and I got our afternoon in order.

And then my friend came with Jamba Juice!  LIFE SAVER.

P had his for lunch, which saved me from having to make and clean up anything.  Hallelujah!

And I got an acai bowl that I put in the freezer for breakfast the next day.  🙂

She even remembered to ask for a peanut free blender 🙂

Valley girl got new x-rays and all looks good so no adjustments need to be made to her cast.  I had a list of questions and once again, the MDs were nothing short of fantastic, listening to everything and making me feel like she’s within the normal range for recovery issues.  Honestly, I hope I never have to see them again after this cast comes off, but the team is so great, it wouldn’t be the worst to work with again.  Ha.

As we were wrapping up, V asked for some carrots!!  First time she’s asked for food in days!  I was thrilled.

That afternoon she really turned a corner.  I left her with Beverly to go take P to the library and she was in good spirits and seemed to be returning to her normal self a little bit.  P and I had some much needed alone time to play and pick out new books, including an early learning kit.

And then we had dinner.

We had quinoa chili and sushi – from two different friends.  Both of which we added avocado to.  V still didn’t want too much food, but she did eat a bit more than before, so…baby steps…

And then she slept through the night!  And managed to figure out rolling over!  And when she woke up she was happy and playful!  Yayyyyyy!!

Kyle worked out while I changed her diaper (success down there too!) and then she told me she was hungry so I went and filled her bowl with oatmeal and strawberries.

Which she finished!  Yay!  This was making me so happy to see 🙂

After the kids were fed I left V with Beverly and took P with me to stroller strides.  Many of my friends were there and asking about V and giving me support and encouragement.  It was a great work out too, and then the kids played at the park together.  P brought his magnifying glasses from the insect early learning kit and convinced his friends to go on bug hunts with him.  They were off foraging for a while, but came up empty handed.  So they went to the playground.

We stayed for as long as possible, but I knew I needed to get home to V.  She was in great spirits when I arrived and even gave me a nice “welcome home!” shout from the toy room.

P was a sweaty mess so Beverly gave him a bath (his request!) while I took V in to shower with me.  And then both kids ate awesome lunches (baby girl even asked for seconds of everything).  I stopped her pain meds too, so I feel like this was a pivotal day for her.  CORNER. TURNED.

Lunch ingredients!  Have you seen this kohlrabi blend from TJs?  It’s new to our store, and I was excited to try it. Verdict: like!  Wish it was organic though.  🙁

I blended it with kale, and cabbage, and miso dressing before adding my usual toppings – avocado, smoked salmon, and carrots. Seems like I swapped salmon for nuts these days.  Just rolling with my taste buds’ preferences.  Both are pricey options.

We spent some time that afternoon playing with things in the insect early learning kit, including this science viewer which really reminded me of my youth.  There are a bunch of cool things in the kit, including glass encased insects for them to learn to identify, and watch bands with little cases for bug catching.

Off to market!  It was hotter than I was prepared for, and V wanted me to hold her and dance with her a little bit more than I wanted to, but you can’t deny a casted kid much of anything, let alone loving snuggly dance time. So I obliged.  We were celebrating a first birthday there too, as well as a goodbye party for friends we are sad to see move away.  But the best part of all was that I didn’t have to cook and Patty-cakes ate a hot dog from the vendor!!!!

He even liked the ketchup!  Wow wow wow, is OIT making our lives infinitely easier.

In the past week I have talked to at least 6 different people about the clinic where I take P for his desensitization. A few people called on the phone to chat and others I’ve emailed with or added to my facebook group.  I feel like I should get a referral discount or something!!!  Kidding, of course, but I have been amazed by this whole process and want to shout about it from the rooftops and hook up every other allergy kiddo and family out there so they too can see the benefits we have seen.

I got a kale salad and tri tip and fries for me and V to share.  She didn’t want anything to do with the kale salad after the first bite, but she was ALL ABOUT the fries.  Duh.

I shared some with him too. [Don’t worry, they fry them in soybean oil]

I skipped dessert and had kombucha instead.  Working on that willpower.

Another morning, another bit closer to normal!

I changed her when she first woke up and she was a perky little thing.  Empty gut, clean diaper, pretty dress, and then she rolled around the floor and attempted crawling while I cheered her on.  Couldn’t be happier!

I tucked into my acai bowl after the kids were fed.

It was P’s welcome day for school, so Kyle and I both accompanied him while V stayed home with Beverly.

Sweetness.

I barely had time to enjoy much of this, but I put the rest back in the freezer for later because it was so good.  Especially because I added heaps of mixed nut butter on top.  It was the mixed one from TJs which has a blend of pecans, walnuts, cashews, and almonds in it.

First day!!!

Besties coloring together.

Since it was welcome day, the parents stayed and did a scavenger hunt with the kids and got oriented to the room.  P had no trouble adjusting though, since he goes here for Sunday school.  And is in the same class as several friends.

More of the same.

After lunches, V took a nap and P had quiet time.  We are slowly getting back to our routine.  I managed to remove TV for the past three days, so it’s looking like our lives will soon be back to a new kind of normal. And with him starting school, it will be much easier to focus on V without feeling like I’m leaving P neglected.  Until Beverly came we were having a tough time because I know he felt sad about his sister demanding all our focus.

I’m now in Fremont with him, tackling another round of updosing while we have the support of Kyle’s mom. I’ll try to keep more current going forward.  V is definitely feeling MUCH better…thank you all for your comments.  I have no doubt she will continue to regain her strength and confidence and work out how to be mobile enough for the next ~5 weeks.