I’ve been wanting to post for a while, but things have been a little crazy lately. We spent Christmas weekend through the end of the year moving, so it was hectic living out of boxes, and uprooting out lives, even though it was a local move. Working during a surprisingly busy holiday season didn’t help things. Now that I have some time off, I can finally get around to the things I haven’t had a chance to do.
WZW is now 16 months old, and it was interesting to see his transition to the new house. He was of course excited to explore the bigger space, with all new drawers and cabinets to check out. The first night, going to sleep wasn’t a problem. I think it was another night or two in that he realized that this wasn’t a temporary trip, and he refused to go to sleep. He would cry and cry, so we finally let him out of his room, and you could see him playing to fight the fatigue. One morning I took him on a brief outing to go to the bank, and when we came back, he got very upset as I carried him in through the front door. So much so that he held onto the door frame with both hands in an effort to prevent me from bringing him back inside.
But after a couple of days, he seemed to get used to it for the most part. These days, he is busy climbing everything he can get away with. We don’t have a gate for the new kitchen, so he has figured out that he can push a chair into the kitchen so he can climb up and try to touch the buttons on the oven or stove. Which is just great for us parents.
He just recently started talking a little bit. We’d been using a few hand symbols for things like eat and milk. One of the newer ones was more. Our little guy loves food, so it wasn’t too surprising that he first attempted to say “MO” for more oranges. It started as a long “MOOOW” and now turned into a short “mo.” He kinda uses the eat and more symbols interchangeably, but it’s easy to know he wants to eat.
It’s fascinating seeing how they pick up language and communication at this age. He even used symbols to communicate something new to us. WZW typically waves good night to us, and only uses his pacifier when sleeping. So one evening, my husband was changing his diaper, and he did a symbol like eat (hand to mouth) followed by a wave. At first he was confused- you’re hungry at this hour? It took my husband a minute to realize the eat symbol was his way of communicating that he wanted his pacifier, and the wave was to go to bed. What a refreshing change from the newborn days when it was a struggle to get him to sleep. Now he readily tells us he’s tired, and will walk himself into his crib (which is on the ground) and put himself to sleep.
He says mama but not in reference to me. In fact, since I’ll point to myself and say mama, and then point to him and say his name, he’ll then point to himself and say mama. What’s even funnier is that when he says dad, my husband will ask him to say it again, and he’ll say mama. Oh, toddlers. If adults exhibited this kind of behavior, they’d be called bad names.
So we have an interesting update on WZW’s allergies. We’d taken him to an allergy doc, who confirmed with testing that he has egg and peanut allergies. The plan was to bring him back in a year (when he was around 2 years old) for repeat testing, since they often grow out of the allergies.
Well, one day when our neighbor was watching him, I’d thought to myself that we should probably remind her of his allergies since she doesn’t take care of him regularly. We had told her initially, but it’s easy to forget. I wondered if I myself would accidentally forget about things like peanut oil that might be used at a restaurant. Though these days I would hope anything with peanuts is clearly labeled on a menu. My husband apparently had been thinking the same thing, but didn’t end up telling her when he dropped WZW off at her place because she’d mentioned what leftovers she had that she was planning on feeding him, and they sounded safe.
Well, it was a good reminder that we need to remind caretakers of his allergies, because she fed him a poached egg. Afterwards, he didn’t have a reaction but the Advice Nurse said to go ahead and give him Benadryl, which we did. But given the time course, he definitely would have reacted by then. We asked her if it was just the yolk, but she said he ate the whole thing.
A week later, we got around to emailing the allergist about it, to see if he needed further testing or anything. The allergist said that feeding the actual food is the best test, so if WZW didn’t have a reaction to the egg, it meant he was no longer allergic. Hooray!
We texted our neighbor to tell her the good news. In the course of it, we mentioned that he just has the peanut allergy left. She said um, he had a peanut butter & jelly sandwich while he was there as well. My response was, are you serious?! She said yes, they were all eating them so WZW had some as well. Our response was shock, relief, and laughter. We won’t be winning any parenting awards soon, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. We accidentally found out that WZW has outgrown both his egg and peanut allergies.
Please don’t try this at home. This could have turned out very differently, so make sure to remind caregivers, particularly if they’re not frequent ones, about allergies. We got lucky. Very lucky.