Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Our Life After the Egg Challenge

So it's been 2 weeks since we found out that Bryce no longer has an egg allergy and it's been really great and weird all at the same time.  I can't tell you how many times I've grabbed something down from the shelves in the pantry only to instinctively look for eggs as one of the ingredients.  Each time I've done so, I end up with a big smile on my face. 

The timing of it really worked out well since we left for vacation a few days after getting the results.  Vacationing without food allergies is even better than just normal life without food allergies. On the way down to NC, we stopped at Bob Evans and Bryce was able to pick out anything he wanted on the menu - he had chocolate chip pancakes - something he'd only previously been able to eat at home when I'd make our special eggless variety.  I also didn't have any anxiety about any possible egg contamination while there either.

While on vacation, Bryce was able to eat my mom's wonderful Monster Cookies that she always makes for the beach. He also had his very first donut too - a Duck Donut at that!  (Take that Dunkin!)  He devoured it and kept saying how good it was!  (And to his credit, they were FABULOUS donuts!  I have never had one that good before!) 

And then when we got home from the beach we made our menu for the next 2 weeks and on that menu I could finally add some dishes I've missed so much - ravioli and frittata!  In fact, I put a dozen and a half eggs on the grocery list.  In recent years, we've bought a dozen of eggs here and there and it would last for months!  Now I've got a 6 egg frittata to make along with the ease of making regular pancakes and other types of egg inclusive dishes. 

However, I will say, I will probably still keep my good old pudding cake recipe in rotation along with the yogurt chocolate chip cookies.  The cake recipe is just soooooo good and moist and the cookies are great because they taste great and are fine to let the kids eat raw - a definite plus during Christmas baking! 

But now I can cook with the ease of eggs and not have to worry about Bryce getting sick or feeling deprived.  I'm already seeing a future where we can take him to birthday parties and not have to bring our own cake along.  I feel so fortunate that Bryce has outgrown his food allergies and it seems Bryce is pretty cognizant of it as well, which is pretty darn cute.  He still asks if things have eggs in them but now as a way of being excited about what he can eat.  In fact, sometimes he is disappointed when something doesn't have eggs in it! 

Having had the food allergy experience though, I'm definitely still sensitized to the issues that other parents and kids have and know how hard it is. I also feel very lucky that while Bryce had food allergies, they were never so sensitive that we had to completely alter our lifestyle as I know some parents have had to do with children with super sensitive reactions to nuts/peanuts. 

So while we will continue to battle Bryce's terrible seasonal spring allergies (grrrr, April!), we'll leave this chapter behind us.   I appreciate my family's support through these past 4 1/2 years and how much my mom and MIL had to learn as well to protect Bryce while in their care. 

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