Ohh how I love Timehop. Seriously brings so many nostalgic feelings on a daily basis, especially since having a kid. I loveeee seeing how much Noah has changed and grown over the last year. It amazes me daily how fast time goes and how much I have already forgotten about the baby stage. It’s so depressing how quickly they grow, but also soo exciting to watch.
Lately, severallll pictures have come up from this time last year that give me serious mom guilt. I look at pictures and cannot believe we didn’t question food allergies. There are SO many obvious signs, that we flat out missed or ignored at the time. Now, we are so much more educated that it all seems so clear. He was showing signs from really early on, but we never brought them up. Or if we did, we were probably told it was some sort of virus. NOTE: Pediatricians are NOT professional allergists. Hindsight really is 20/20.
I cannot help but feel uber sad when I see some of these pictures. He has hives, or serioussss eczema breakouts, or rashes around his mouth. It’s unreal. It was right there, and clear as day. Ugh. Could we have avoided Noah’s anaphylactic reaction? Could we have helped manage his itching better? Could we have given our boy relief soo much sooner? Coulda, woulda, shoulda.
But, at the same time, I am thankful we found out the way we did. Of course I would never in a million years wish to relive it, but it happened in the best way possible – with us both home. What if we found out he had allergies before all of this, but never knew he was anaphylactic to peanuts? (allergy tests do not tell you the type of reaction you will have) Would we be as careful on a daily basis? Would we ensure that we always have two epi pens with us? God was looking out for our sweet boy that day, and I am so comforted in knowing this is all part of His plan.
I am so thankful to have a sweet boy who no longer suffers from eczema in the severity that he used to. I am thankful we know justttt how serious this all is so we are always prepared (even if it makes me crazy 24/7). And I am thankful for the education over the last year. I feel so much more prepared to (eventually) grow our family and be diligent about watching for the signs. Life is all about learning lessons, and the world of food allergies has been the biggest lesson by far.