Memorial Day 2012 Camping and Another Allergy Mystery Solved

Memorial Day Camping 2013 Our next camping trip was Memorial Day 2013.  We chose to stay in Connecticut so that we can travel quickly and enjoy a short holiday weekend stay. We chose a great little family campground call Ross Hill Campground.  It rained for a couple of the days, but we had fun regardless. […]

The Hits Keep Coming. More Allergist News.

We brought her back to the allergist in October for full followup. We introduced the questions about her asthma and he gave us a full nebulizer kit to keep on hand. At this time, and the main purpose for this appointment was a full workup and testing for the “top eight” allergens. Dairy, Soy, Egg, […]

Our First Camping Trip and 4 New Tires

Cape Cod Our first trip was quite a fun filled adventure.  We had never done this before and were looking forward to all it could entail.  We had no idea what might be ahead, but we packed our cameras, fuelled up and headed out. We hopped on the highway and after only 3 exits…  BOOM […]

Shaylas Kitchen

It was now the Summer of 2012 and I had booked a series of shoots in Cape Cod for a group of different families. We thought about making a mini vacation out of the time we needed to be there, but wait; what will we do for Shayla’s food?  She can’t eat at any restaurants […]

Owning the responsibility.

As time progressed, we learned quickly if Shayla was around dairy, she would break out in hives.  We didn’t know then but now just sitting in a Starbucks for more than 5 minutes makes her turn red, and begins to wheeze.  So the days of making pizza in the house and going to restaurants, were […]

Are we alone?

At her 15 month pediatric appointment I explained to the doctor about her allergy diagnosis and asked if I could take her off the formula yet. The doctor responded with “Yes, of course; as long as you give her yogurt and stuff like that to supplement”. WHAT! ! !   I am pretty sure my mouth […]

The Allergist and the Process of Elimination

Finally the allergist appointment had come and we might finally get some answers. They skin tested our little girl for dairy and soy, to help determine what formula she could tolerate. We learned that day she had a dairy and soy allergy and they suggested we stick with the Nutramigen formula and then come back […]

The First Time (Shayla’s first Allergic Reaction)

At Shayla’s 6 month appointment; I again brought her symptoms up to the doctor and they said well maybe an allergist could give us some more answers. Well that was progress anyway.  I immediately made an appointment with the allergist but was not able to get in to the office until late October. That meant […]

Treatment Alternatives

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The First Symptoms

I exclusively breastfed Shayla during her early months and expected to continue as long as I possibly could. When Shayla was just 9 weeks old, on a beautiful, 70 degree and sunny Easter Sunday we got spent quite a bit of time outside. I made sure I kept Shayla in the shade since this was […]

Shayla s Arrival

Shayla was born on February 16, 2011.  12:32 AM to be exact.  7lbs 10oz and 20″ long. Relatively speaking, everything about delivering and bringing her home was unexpectedly easy. We couldn’t wait to begin our life as a family of 4 (plus 2 dogs). So for the first couple of months we did everything we […]