Allergy Testing

It’s nice to know that I’m not paranoid. After months of speculating and dealing with on-again, off-again hives and eczema flare-ups, we decided to go to an allergy specialist and find out for sure what Cooper is allergic to and to what extent. The skin prick test came back with allergies to milk, eggs, shellfish, and almonds as major no-nos. The surprises were soy and wheat but the reactions were low enough that the allergist recommended keeping them in the diet for now but watch for further reactions. We could have tested for other stuff too but we were limited to the space on Cooper’s scrawny back.

Don't worry--the green dots are from a dry erase marker!

Don’t worry–the green dots are from a dry erase marker!

While I’m not shocked by the list of no-nos, the prescription to keep epi-pens with us at all times and to keep at school took me aback. I have no problems keeping those kinds of foods out of his diet and it’s pretty easy around here to find alternatives and substitutes. But the thought that he could actually have an anaphylactic reaction in which I would have to jam a needle into his leg to save his life is sobering. I was all matter-of-fact after the appointment and diligently checking our pantry items for things we can’t use anymore but it wasn’t until I read the little pamphlet that came with the epi-pens did I get a little emotional. Avoiding allergic food? Yes, it will be a little extra work but could also be fun to get creative with substitutes. Administering emergency life-saving procedures? Whew, that’s a reality check I wasn’t expecting.

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Cooper Turns One!

So we are a little late in posting pictures… but what’s new?

Cooper had a great time at his birthday party! He loved seeing friends and neighbors at the house, even saw some baby friends from school, and was generally a good sport about everything. Well, everything but the cake, that is. Since we suspect a dairy allergy and we have other friends with dietary restrictions, I made a batch of egg-free/dairy-free/soy-free cupcakes to supplement the yummy cupcakes from Tee and Cakes. Perhaps we should have had a dress rehearsal before the party since Cooper had no idea what the cupcake was or what to do with it and I think he even got a little angry with me for putting it near him. We’ll try again next year, buddy.

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

Getting the drama out of the way before the party

Exhilarated by all the balloons

Exhilarated by all the balloons

Not sure what to make of the "Happy Birthday" serenade

Not sure what to make of the “Happy Birthday” serenade

Trying to convince Cooper that the cupcake was a good thing

Trying to convince Cooper that the cupcake was a good thing

Enlisting Maxon to demonstrate what to do with said cupcake

Enlisting Maxon to demonstrate what to do with said cupcake

The only time he touched the cupcake was to heave it overboard

The only time he touched the cupcake was to heave it overboard

Playing with the loot

Playing with the loot

Cooper got LOTS of help opening presents... but especially loved the wrapping and the bags the most

Cooper got LOTS of help opening presents… but especially loved the wrapping and the bags the most

Cooper also had his one-year doctor’s appointment today and the stats are not surprising in this household. Average height (well, the average between Mike and Me, that is), skinny body… huge head.

Height: 29.25 inches (25th percentile)
Weight: 16 lbs, 14 oz (1 percentile)
Head circumference: 18.5 inches (75th percentile)