Saturday, April 30, 2011


Took a little roll in the grass...

crawling at black rock

Jeff took Lila back out to Black Rock to play with his rock crawler.

This was painted on the rock! Dad? Laura? What did I tell you about that graffiti!?

Honors Band

Kurtis made Honors Band again this year. All the best musicians from all the middle schools in the area get together and do a concert once a year! They were fantastic!

a new park

We found a new park close to our house. There isn't a huge playground, but there is a wonderful view!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More on Lila's Allergies

After going over our test results with the doctor I am now in the know. First thing to know is there are different kinds of food allergy tests: IgG = tests for a delayed reaction and can be outgrown IgE = immediate, and lifelong. Lila's test showed IgG, so it is possible that she may not have all of these allergies her whole life and even if she does it is possible that she may be able to tolerate small amounts of her allergy foods. It does not guarantee that these are not lifetime allergies. Here is how this test rates the allergies:
1=very low reaction, 2=low, 3=moderate, 4=high, 5=very high and 6=extremely high.

Here are Lila's results:
Almond= 1*
Lentils= close to 2*
Green Peas= close to 2
Peanut= 2
Pineapple= 3
Egg white= 3
Egg yolk= 3.5
Gluten= 4
Soybean= close to 5
Garlic= close to 5
All citrus fruit= 5

This test also came out negative for dairy because Lila has not had any dairy for a couple years now. This is most likely a false negative, but we can "test" dairy at home later after her gut has healed. After a 3-6 week complete elimination diet we can try to introduce small amounts of things like soy lecithin, citric acid, eggs and pea protein (which are in LOTS of things) one at a time to see if she can tolerate even small amounts of these foods.

Last night my mind was reeling and I had a hard time going to sleep. Today after a successful loaf of allergy-free bread, batch of sunflower seed butter and a trip to the doctor I feel really good about the situation. Thanks to all my fellow allergy free friends and family and everyone else who has sent their well wishes our way!

*The test results we went over today were a faxed copy & after a more thorough examination, I realized I missed almonds and lentils. I will get the full color copy with more detailed information sometime this week. There were a few other things that she scored between a 0-1 on and I'm not sure if that even counts! ?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Park Time!

Welcome to my allergry free life

The doctor just called me and gave me a short rundown of Lila's allergies. As suspected, she is allergic to soybeans, peanuts and gluten. Not as expected she is allergic to citrus: lemons, oranges, grapefruit and pineapple. She is also allergic to garlic (the worst of them, if you ask me!) and peas. This is a huge list that should seem daunting, but it doesn't. I feel a huge weight has been lifted! Just knowing what is causing her all the rashes, hives, stomach aches and tummy trouble and knowing that I can avoid it is a fantastic feeling! I see happier, healthier days ahead! HOORAY!

*oh & possibly egg, but could be a false positive due to the fact that she has been vaccinated*

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Kindergarten Orientation

Here Lila stands in front of her new school, Peruvian Park Elementary! I can just hardly believe she's old enough to enter elementary school!

Lila was happy to see a friend from gymnastics at orientation.

Half way through the Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bond, asked all the parents to stay in the auditorium and all the kindergartners to make a line to follow her to their new class. Lila was first in line! When our boring part was over and I went to find Lila in class, this is how I found her.

The school is very nice and she really liked the classroom. I hope she's still as excited about kindergarten in August!

Some of the signs of readiness for school include knowing at least 10 letters of the alphabet (she is reading whole books!), being able to use the restroom by oneself (she just started showering by herself), hops, jumps, skips, runs (she can do cartwheels and forward extension rolls at gym), counts to 10 (more like 30), speaks in complete sentences (since she was about 20 months old.) I think she's ready!