In our defense, since Tristan just turned nine, we have probably read 14,600 labels = (365 days x 5 labels x 8 years)! Just for him just to make sure that what we were about to give him wouldn't make him sick. And that's a conservative estimate, and includes labels for new foods as well as labels for foods we regularly eat.
|Happy Birthday to our big guy!|
There is enough worry associated with the first week of school: new teachers, new kids, new classrooms. On day 1, Tristan found out that his teacher has a cat. Tristan is severely allergic to cats. Oh yeah, and he was sneezing all day with a runny nose, and is now taking a daily antihistamine. And thus is the life of an allergic child. But I digress...
What I wanted to say was that my discovery of homemade bread and my mother-in-law's breadmaker actually helped to save my sanity. Yes, I just said my mother-in-law just made me more sane.
Bread and other bakery items so commonly are made on shared equipment with several ingredients that my son is allergic to (egg, dairy, nuts, etc.), so I decided to try my hand at homemade bread. We were on vacation and had no machine, but I tried it out and the bread was incredible, hot and fresh. It was likely the best bread my son has ever tasted, as we are usually forced to buy from a short list of breads that are dairy-free.
|The kids loved making the bread. Definitely a great activity for a rainy day.|
So even though my world got smaller this summer, a few things opened up for our family in our food world. Managing my children's food allergies has always been a journey--this is just another turn in the road.