So last week was quite interesting for us! We had some GREAT times and then also some not so great times! Allison's been babbling a lot more, and can really mimic what we are saying, or at least the tone in which we say some things! It's quite fun to hear her do this, and now she's starting to "bark" whenever the dogs bark! She'll make more of a grunt, but it's cute and she'll even try to get them to bark with her after they stop!
We also had some family come in from out-of-town and we had a great time with them! Allison is semi-cautious at first of new people, but within 15 mins she's your new best friend! She's such a ham too... she demands attention at times but then is perfectly fine playing by herself other times. We had a great time with them and went out to dinner and to the zoo! She had such a good time at the zoo and it seems like she really knew what was going on! She would stare at the different animals, wave to them, and even growl at them! It was so much fun watching her and even though we were there all day, she was still just as happy as when we first got there! God really did bless me with a perfect child! She cried once when she wanted to get out of the stroller, but then we put her in the front pack and she was perfectly happy the entire day! (she also slept really well that night too!!!)
I did decide to have an experiment and give her a tiny bite of my peanut butter and jelly sandwich... that didn't turn out the way I was expecting! Within 15 mins she started turning red and apparently had gotten the PB on her hands and wherever she touched turned red! She then started rubbing her eyes and scratching her face and about 5 mins later was quite swollen! I put her in the bath with some oatmeal and that seemed to distract her from scratching (she does love baths!). About an hour later she started looking "normal" again! The redness was subsiding and it was becoming more patchy and less all over her. We then left to go meet up with our family and on the way there she threw up what seemed like everything she'd eaten the past 2 days! Well, everywhere she got vomit on her turned red and she started the whole swelling up thing again! We went into the hotel and I gave her a mini bath in the sink and again, within an hour or so she started looking normal again.
I called the Dr. to let them know, if they needed to put it in her chart or whatever, and they told me to come in and get some paperwork to take her and get her allergy tested. I went and talked to the Dr. and she said it sounds like she's pretty sensitive to the PB and it might be best not to keep it in the house (just in case the oils get on her). They also gave me a prescription for 2 Epi-Pens to keep with me at all times, God forbid I have to use them! We then went to LabCorp to get her blood drawn and little did I know they did it just like they took mine! I had to hold her little arm from moving while Chris distracted her and the nurse stuck her! The nurse was really good and got it on one stick, but they needed 2 rather large vials, so it seemed to take forever! Allison was good, but she kept trying to look at what was going on and Chris didn't want her to. When it was over with they put the tape over her arm and I think that just upset her! She kept trying to pull it off and when she did, it would hurt and she'd cry! We then came home and I gave her a bath and took it off (gently) and she's been fine since! What a trooper!
We'll find out in a couple of days what the test results are and how sensitive she is to PB! And what other allergies she possibly has (I know eggs, but we'll see what else)! This is going to be an adjustment more for Chris and I since we love PB so much, but Allison will never know anything different! We'll start buying Almond butter instead and she can have AB & J sandwiches instead! We wont be eating at Chick-Fil-A since all of there food is fried in Peanut Oil, but that's ok! We'll figure it out as we go and hopefully she'll grow out of it!
So that's it for now! I'll let y'all know when we get the results back what new changes we'll have to make!