E has allergies to dairy, eggs, and worst of all, peanuts. This of course means she can’t consume any of these things, but she also can’t come in contact with peanuts. When she was seven months old (two months after finding out about the allergy), I ate some peanut butter toast for breakfast and didn’t think anything of it. At the time I wasn’t aware of just how serious the allergy is. I wiped my hands on a napkin and went to get E out of her crib. I touched her face with traces of peanut butter on my hands, and her whole face immediately broke out into nasty red hives. Now imagine if she had eaten that peanut butter herself.
When I was pregnant, I knew that being a mother would come with challenges. Food allergies are a kind of challenge I couldn’t even fathom until I was in the thick of it. It’s been one of the hardest, scariest, saddest things I’ve ever dealt with. But it also means I’m more of a determined, cautious, and creative parent than I ever thought possible. For those of you who are interested in learning more about severe food allergies, the link below has some great information. If you have food allergies of your own or you have children who do, I would love to hear your stories. It’s great to know we’re not in it alone and I love being able to trade ideas and recipes.