My favourite shot of the day — capturing her cheeky smile! We used this as one of the pictures for Eva’s 1st birthday invitation.
And now for the outtakes:
A child who would rather stand than sit
Eva trying to eat a balloon
And Eva’s oh-so-excited-ugly-yet-cute face
While planning for Eva’s first birthday, I’ve been thinking about all of her future birthday parties. I’ve been imagining what her requests will be — “I want to be a fairy”, “I want a cake shaped like a dolphin”, or “I want everything to be rainbow coloured!” And then I starting thinking about the birthdays she will attend.
I recently came across an article via Ohdeedoh on tips for kids with allergies at parties. I have written about this before, but for those who don’t know, Eva has a sensitivity and intolerance to cow’s milk dairy. It’s so bad that I can’t consume any dairy products because it goes straight through my breast milk and gives her horrible screaming gas pains and diarrhea.
From what our doctor has told us, Eva will most likely grow out of it by the time she is a year to two years old. However, there is a possibility that she will never build up a tolerance, but I can only hope that she does.
I hate to think how difficult it would/will be when Eva gets a little old — no chocolate for Easter, cake at friends’ birthday parties, pizza parties, ice-cream, the list goes on. I hate to think that she is going to “miss out”.
Having been on a dairy-free diet for the past nine months, I can tell you that it sucks! No milk, cheese, cream, yogurt or ice-cream. As you can imagine those products are in nearly everything. And eating out has been incredibly limiting since that I’m already a vegetarian.
I know that relatively speaking, in the grand scheme of things, it is not that big a deal. What I’m more worried about is that Eva will feel left out. We are already running into problems with Eva wanting to eat food that Johnny is eating, which has dairy in it. Trying to explain to an 11-month-old baby that she can’t eat something is near impossible and has been especially difficult when we are trying to encourage her to eat solid foods.
I digress, this article made one point that I thought was particularly important to remember for the future. A Little Bit of Life:
Don’t alienate the child, or make a big deal about their allergy. If you have already spoken to the parents, they have also talked to their child, so the child already knows what they can and cannot eat. Don’t embarrass them by pointing out the accommodations you have made, especially in front of other children.
However, I could be blowing this all out of proportion because it seems like in today’s society, food allergies and special dietary requirements are becoming more common.
I read about a company called Allergy Riders on Babyology and it seems like rather than hiding the fact that some kids have food allergies or intolerances, they have embraced it by creating cute and colourful food flags and cups so kids are easily able to identify party items they can eat.
I’m Dairy Free
I’m gluten free; No nuts here
It would be wonderful if this caught on. And although I’m probably jumping the gun in thinking about all of this, because there is a good chance that Eva will grow out of this intolerance, but I guess this is just part of being a parent: you worry.