San Francisco has always been my home, and with friends and family here it was natural for me to return to the city to raise my family. I was an elementary school teacher until the birth of my third child, when I decided to stay at home full time--in my opinion, the world's hardest job. My three children, Tristan (6), Logan (4), and Addison (2) all share egg, peanut, and tree nut allergies, although Tristan has generally more severe allergic reactions and an even more extensive list of food allergies than his siblings. I am still navigating my way through the food allergy world, one day at a time.
I am an East Bay stay-at-home mom of two spirited boys, Ryken (5½ yrs) and Callan (2 yrs). Both have milk allergies (Ryken, severe; Callan, mild) and Ryken also has a moderate peanut allergy and an unconfirmed walnut allergy. In my past life I was a passionate elementary school teacher. Someday I hope to be reincarnated as one after I figure out how to balance career with parenthood, cooking, dirty dishes, and mountains of laundry. For now, though always harried and exhausted, I love this time with my kids and couldn't imagine life any other way.
I had the privilege of meeting Sarah and Michelle T in college, and Irene just recently. Although I am a licensed optometrist (I practice part-time) in southern California, I am very grateful to be able to fulfill a role I've always wanted to carry out in life--being a stay-at-home mom.
At a young age (as early as high school) I was obsessed with creating goals for how I wanted to raise my own children and now that I'm doing it, life can't be more exciting! What I could never have envisioned though, is how challenging it would be to find out that my child has a severe food allergy.
My oldest, K, is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and seafood. As a result, the learning curve on how to deal with them has been a gradual one for me. We've had a couple of close calls, but with each experience, I continue on my path toward becoming more allergy wise.
I have known Sarah and Irene since college, and am currently a stay-at-home mom. I am living in San Jose with my husband and two boys, ages 4 and 6, who have no known food allergies. I will be contributing holiday and craft ideas, and hope to inspire big minds and little minds alike!
I was born in San Francisco and spent most of my life in the bay area. In fact, I met Sarah in our SF high school, and then we both attended the same college and have been friends ever since. I went to law school in San Francisco and would have happily stayed, but my long-distance boyfriend at the time put a ring on it, so I moved to Washington DC in 2006 to be with him. I am an account manager at a legal publishing company and thus, don't practice law, which is how I actually have the time to be a contributing writer and mom.
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