So the last we left it, Cooper was scheduled to get surgery to put ear tubes in. I’m happy to report that Super Trooper Cooper handled the entire ordeal with the resilience the comes so naturally to little children and was back to normal that same day. I’m even happier to report that since then we’ve had no recurrence of any ear infections, even after a couple of colds and sprouting three molars. Magic? Yes, I believe so. At his follow-up appointment, the doctor confirmed that his tubes were in the right place and doing their job and the audiologist said his hearing was perfect. At least we got this part right!
We are still fighting the good fight on the allergy front. We went back to the allergist in April to talk about the results of the allergy blood test and had him skin-tested for additional items that I thought he was reacting to. I’ve been keeping a log of every little thing he eats and it actually came in handy in identifying possible allergens. So in addition to all of the top eight allergens (milk, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts), we also confirmed an allergy to quinoa (seriously?). I also suspect an allergy to barley and garlic. Seriously.
I’ve been on my own food prep journey this whole time myself. It was really hard for me to readjust my shopping list and recipes and I found it extremely frustrating every time I had to go to the grocery store. It’s still frustrating now but I’ve started getting used to knowing what I can buy and what I need to leave on the shelves. It’s also been stressful having to be so vigilant at all times about what Cooper is eating, if the nutritional value is enough, and if he is having an unexpected allergic reaction. For instance, I started off making fresh coconut milk from dessicated coconut shreds back in March since the packaged “coconut beverages” were too low-calorie and low-fat for growing babies in my opinion. While a fun experiment the first time around, it got old quickly having to go through the entire multi-step, multi-day process every 3 days since it does not have a long shelf-life. Once he started turning his nose up at the sippy cup, I abandoned the scratch process and bought canned coconut milk and just cut it with water until he seemed utterly disinterested in drinking that at all. We then tried vanilla-flavored unsweetened hemp milk (tastes like vanilla-flavored rope, in case you were wondering) with much success so I was finally able to stop that hamster wheel turning in my brain. It actually isn’t terribly difficult to feed Cooper once you know that basically all packaged and processed foods are out of the running and are willing to make almost everything from scratch, but it sure is inconvenient.
On a lighter note, Cooper has really come along with communicating. A lot of it is still grunting, sign language, head-shaking no, and head-shaking yes, which is surprisingly effective 90% of the day, but he finally said “mama” and correctly pointed to me just in the last couple of weeks. I think he is saying “done” (“duh!”) when he signs all done and “wawa” as he signs water. And then there are my favorite words of his: backpack and poop. No phonetic spelling for the reader needed.
He fits in around here just fine.