So far it appears that Levi does not have the same food allergies that I do. In the last week he has enjoyed cake, bread, pasta & frozen yoghurt & seems to be fine. I am not expecting him to show signs of Anaphylaxis yet, even if he was allergic, but so far I haven’t seen any signs, no rash, nothing, so it’s pretty awesome.
On one hand I am really really, really, really happy for him, but another I know that this means that I need to exercise an extra level of diligence with my allergies. Only someone who has anaphylactic allergies like me really gets this & there doesn’t seem to be that many people my age who have kids that do.
It doesn’t mean that Levi won’t develop allergies. But for as long as possible, hopefully for the rest of his life, I’m really happy for him to enjoy some of the foods I can’t, even if it is from a distance. I don’t think that many people quite understand what it means. When he has something that I am allergic to, I usually try to avoid being anywhere near him, for fear of me having a reaction. It’s a concept that most people don’t have to deal with. There are mum’s that have kids with allergies, but don’t have allergies themselves, so I’m part of a rare breed.
I have had anaphylactic reactions from touching things in the past, so it isn’t unreasonable that I have to carefully consider how to deal with him eating foods that I can’t. Kids are not the cleanest of eaters, yet another learned skill. Then there is the fact that I am still breastfeeding, so any time he has something that I am allergic to, he has to wait to be breastfed. He might have a drink of juice or water instead to tide him over for a bit longer. His clothes are usually changed too, a bib often isn’t enough to contain the food in question. The understanding isn’t there, quite yet, so an extra level of care needs to be exercised.
I am not trying to be a super mum, I am just trying to be a mum. I don’t want Levi to have to grow up as quickly as I did because of my allergies, nor do I want him to only eat all the foods that I can’t outside of the home, it makes no sense. Geoff doesn’t do that, so why should it change with Levi? It’s a matter of containment.
I will warrant you that some things will have to be eaten away from me, most likely real pizza, that can’t even come into the house, even now, unless it’s my pizza. I can’t pop antihistamine, use my puffers all the time or dress in protective clothing all the time either, it’s finding the needed level of balance, which is going to require a decent level of effort to do.
When you don’t have allergies the concept of being allergic to your child is a strange one, but this is what I am faced with at the moment & this is what scares me a bit. I want him to feel free to enjoy everything that he can, that I can’t, but I also want to live to be his mum for many many years to come. Another experience in life really.