Tuesday, January 28, 2014

One Year Old

  Colby is one year old today! How did that happen??

I was trying to come up with something cute for his pictures... but he wanted to be in the chair... and only wanted to be in the chair! Silly kiddo!

Colby has developed a little personality. While he normally is very happy and laid back, he will let you know what he wants and went he wants it. Just ask Kyle and Emily when he tries to steal their toys.

Colby loves to give kisses. I'm pretty sure his favorite part of the day is giving night night kisses after we pray. He starts smacking his lips and gives everyone kisses. He also likes to try to climb into bed with Emily and Kyle and give them kisses!

Colby is slowly starting to help pick up toys. After we took pictures today, he helped me pick up almost all of the blocks! He also helps put his dirty clothes away every once in a while.

Colby still loves to climb on everything and anything that he can. And likes to stand up once he's climbed to a "high spot."

We are still trying to figure out this whole allergy thing, but so far on Colby's "no-no list" is dairy, oats, peanuts, tree nuts, tomatoes, and carrots.

Colby is still breastfeeding and I plan on continuing for a while in hopes that it will help some of his allergies go away. Currently he nurses three times a day most days and whenever he wakes up in the middle of the night.

A typical days...
 7:00 am - Wake up, nurse, and then play with mommy and daddy until 8:00 (when Kyle and Emily get up)
 8:15 am - Breakfast and then play, play, play
 10:00 am - snack
 Noon - Lunch
 1:00 pm - nurse and then nap
 Sometime between 2:00 and 4:00 wake up, have a snack and play, play, play
 5:30 pm - dinner
 6:30 pm - baths and bedtime routine with Kyle and Emily
 7:00 pm - nurse and then night night

Colby is still waking up once most nights to eat. Every once in a while he will sleep through the night and every once in a while he will wake up multiple times. I still think he really is hungry when he wakes up. He won't calm down for Brent if Brent goes in to try to get him to go back to sleep. If I do in and don't offer to nurse him, he does everything he can to latch on and eat. He normally will stay away for and eat for an hour or so, then unlatches and says "all done" and goes back to sleep.

Colby gabbers all day long, but says a few words. He says "mama," "dada," "ky," "all done," and "more."

Colby recognizes and knows who lots of people are. If you tell him to give kisses to Mommy, Daddy, Kyle, or Emily, he normally goes right over to who you tell him and gives them a kiss. He also recognizes grandparents, aunts, Ian, and a few people from church.

Colby loves to eat. Pretty much anything we put on his tray, he will stick in his mouth and eat! He likes it when he eats the same thing as everyone else. The past few days, he has wanted a bowl or plate on his tray just like everyone else. Sometimes he does okay eating from it, but often he ends up dumping his food on his try. I'd say his favorite food is noodles, normally covered in some sort of baby food.

Colby enjoys the water. He enjoys playing with the bath toys and splashing (even though he's not supposed to!). He also enjoys taking showers and playing in the water.

I'm not sure how he does it, but he doesn't seem to need as much asleep as Kyle and Emily. He goes to bed after them, wakes up before them, and most days only takes a short nap. I'm hoping as he gets old, he will start sleeping a little bit more!

Colby has really started to play with toys the past couple weeks. He sits with books in his lap and flips through the pages like he is reading them. Yesterday he pushed a toy car down the hallway saying "vroooom" like has seen his brother and sister do many times. He loves the ride on and walk behind toys as well. He also loves to play with the iPad... His favorite game is pee-a-boo and will play with anyone (or anything) he can!

He is very ticklish and we love to hear his big belly laughs. It doesn't take to get him laughing!

Colby is such a blessing to our family and brings us all lots of joy and smiles! It's crazy how fast his first year as gone! We are looking forward to many more years with this little guy!

To celebrate Colby's birthday...

We had homemade (allergy free) chocolate donuts!

Went to the bounce house!

And had special treats! (So Delicious Dairy Free Ice Cream Bars)

Monday, January 27, 2014

10 Days Dairy/Nuts/Oats Free

After Colby's appointment last Friday, I was okay with the idea of dealing with food allergies. Then I ate my cereal with coconut milk the next morning and the reality of it set in and it was overwhelmed. I had a rough and emotional couple of days as I processed what a food allergy for Colby really meant for him and for me. But now, I'm ready to take on the challenge!

There is so much info on the internet about dealing with food allergies. There are so many recipes and ideas for replacements ingredients. There are a few amazing support groups. 

There are also some pretty amazing friends who have encouraged me!

And there's my husband. Who is on board to do whatever we need to do to make sure Colby is healthy and can eat safely! He's pretty awesome. 

One of the biggest things I've learned is the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities/intolerance. People who have food sensitivities/intolerance have issues with their bodies processing food; this seems to be occurring more and more often as the majority of the foods we eat are more and more processed and have more "junk" in them. Food allergies involve your immune system. When a person with a food allergies eats something they are allergic too, their immune system responds. The statistics I've seen say 4-5% of people have an actual food allergies, where as 1 in 5 people have some sort of food sensitivity or intolerance. 

The first few days were rough trying to figure out what Colby and I could and couldn't eat. I'm not going to lie... I did eat a whole bag of red vines and a whole bag of skittles... because I was hungry... and there were safe foods. 

I also didn't feel very good until yesterday. I read lots about how your body goes through "dairy detox" when you go dairy free. I was feeling that for sure. 

But this morning, I actually enjoyed my cereal with coconut milk on it. And drank a glass of chocolate coconut milk. And didn't want to gag. I've found that I am not a fan of the Silk brand of coconut milk, but that I do like the So Delicious brand. The downside of that... I have to do to Lansing or Grand Rapids to get the refrigerated So Delicious Coconut Milk. Our Meijer does have the shelf stable stuff... but I haven't tried that yet. 

So Delicious also makes coffee creamer that is decent. And ice cream that is very yummy! It's just kind of expensive. 

Last weekend Colby had hives on both Saturday and Sunday. Both days he had carrots. I started googling about carrot allergies. Apparently if you are allergic to birch tress, you are have a good chance of being allergic to carrots. And Colby is allergic to birch trees. So we have added carrots to Colby's list of no-no's.

Other than that, he has been hive free! Over the weekend is eczema started to clear up. His congestion is also better. 

So, after 10 days, I'm feeling this is very doable. Hopefully it's not a long term thing. Hopefully Colby will grow out of his food allergies. But if not, not a big deal. col

52 Weeks Old

Here are the last weekly block pictures for Colby!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Colby has Allergies

Over the past few months, we have had a feeling that Colby has had some food allergies. Since we started give him more and more table food, he started getting more and more hives.

Yesterday we finally had our appointment with an allergist for testing. We were asked lots and lots of questions and then Colby was "poked" with forty different common allergens.

The nurses set a timer for 15 minutes and said the doctor would be in when the time went off. Since we've had breathing issues with some reactions, the doctor came in after five minutes to check on him and said he had reacted enough for him to "read" the results. He wanted to get Colby's back washed off as soon as possible.

Of the 40 different things (both food and environmental), Colby technically had a reaction to 30 of them. Most of the allergies were mild and apparently not a big deal. His biggest food triggers are diary, nuts, and oat grains, so these are the foods that we are going to avoid. The only food with absolutely to reaction was eggs, but the others (aside from the three above) were so mild that the doctor said they were okay in moderation. He wasn't tested for tomatoes, but I know that's another food that causes hives, so we are also avoiding tomatoes.

We also talked about breastfeeding and dairy alternatives for Colby. The doctor strongly encouraged me to continue breastfeeding him for as long as possible. The more breastmilk he gets, the more his chances of growing out of his allergies. But, as long as I am breastfeeding, I also need to avoid the foods he's allergic to.

Colby has been congested pretty much his whole life. According to the doctor, this is because I have been eating the things he's allergic to while he's been breastfeeding. So hopefully his congestion will clear up soon.

Colby has also been having issues with eczema. This should also go away once we get all of the stuff he's allergic to out of our systems.

Aside from avoid what's Colby's allergic to, the doctor has also put Colby on two different medications to help with his environmental allergies.

We will go back in three months for a check up and blood work, and then in six months for another round of allergy testing.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Yes, he is doing what you think he is! :)