I can’t believe the summer is starting to wind down. Where has time gone? Of course that means our trip to Disney is getting closer, so I guess I’ll take it. That also means though that it has been two months since Nick’s appointment with the allergist, and it’s been just over a month since we started adding egg back into his diet. The process has been a little nerve racking at times, but I’m happy to say that it has gone very well.
You may remember that I started by making a Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake with one egg and applesauce as well. Nick ate a little, and it went well, but he was in one of his “I don’t want to eat food” moods, so he mostly refused to eat it and I ended up finishing the cake by myself. After that I went back to our tried and true banana bread. Instead of making it without any eggs though I made it with one egg as well as some applesauce. Nick ate it as normal without any signs of his allergy, so I made it again. This time I made the true recipe which included two eggs and no applesauce. Again Nick had no problems. Then, this past weekend, I really put his allergy to the test. I made muffins with one egg. Now you may remember that we were to start with foods that had been baked at 350 for at least 30 minutes. Everything that I had made so far had been baked for over an hour, so to move up to a muffin that had only been baked for 15 minutes seemed like a big step. Happily he had no problems with the muffin either, and I think he has really liked the change in the bread for his lunch.
The big moment for me though came last Friday. We went to a family birthday party and for the first time ever Nick was able to celebrate with a piece of birthday cake (see picture above)! He was so excited when I asked him if he wanted cake. He kept asking for it while we waited for the birthday boy to blow out the candles, and for the cake to be cut up. He hardly knew what it was, but he wanted it! I could have cried with happiness from watching him eat the birthday cake, which he loved by the way. I have done a lot to make sure Nick has been included in things like birthday celebrations. More than once I have made special chocolate muffins for him to eat in place of cake. I knew when he got older that wouldn’t be the same for him though. When his allergy was first diagnosed I didn’t know if he’d ever be able to eat birthday cake with his friends, so to see him eat it was such a wonderful moment for me. I don’t know if he’ll ever grow out his allergy completely, but I now feel that I won’t have to worry about what he eats too much, and avoiding certain foods is becoming much easier. I can’t begin to tell you the weight that I am feeling lifting off my shoulders. Next we’re going to try cookies!