Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sal's mum likes to make quilts as a hobby. When she asked what the boys would like for x-mas Sal immediatly jumped at the chance to get some unique hand made quilts. They took a little longer than expected to make, but the boys recently got their quilts. They are fantastic, and the boys love them. Below it's Ethan's quilt. Ben's is very similar, but has green material between all the squares instead of blue. The quilts are about 70cm x 100cm big (approx 2 x 3 feet).
Ethan sitting at the coffee table
Friday, February 20, 2009
Ethan never really had any problems. He occasionally gets an upset belly and a small patch of eczema on his left cheek. He wasn't tested at 6 months old.
After their 6 month appointment we were told to introduce low allergy solid foods. Our boys ate pears, potato, swede, choko, green beans, rice, rice cereal, chicken and veal. They tolerate all of these foods very well, and are doing well eating them.
9 Month Checkup: On Wednesday we took the boys back to the allergy clinic for a checkup. Last time we only got Benny looked at, this time we got both boys tested. We only did Ethan because Ben has allergies.... We were shocked to find Ethan also has an allergy to egg. Benny still showed positive for his egg allergy, and did not reveal any other allergies.
We now start the long process of introducing a wider variety of food into their diet. In consultation with a dietitian, we have a plan so this is done in a controlled manner so we will pick up issues as they arise.
Our first step is to wean Ethan onto formula. Ethan has been drinking expressed breast milk since he was born. He did have some formula in the first few months when he was sharing the supply with Benny, but since we've taken Ben off the breast milk (5 months ago) Ethan has been drinking 99%breast milk (occasional formula if we're out for a long time). Ethan is currently drinking 4 bottles a day. We have already swapped his morning bottle to formula. We will swap one more bottle each week until in a few weeks he's on 100% formula. If Ethan tolerates the formula, we can also start giving him other dairy foods such as yogurt and (egg free) custard. Benny will try dairy after he's a year old.
Once Ethan is weaned to formula we start to introduce more food. This is our plan, which must be done in this order. We can only try to introduce new foods when they have had 3 eczema free days in a row.
Step1: Wheat. We will give them a basic egg free wheat pasta. If that goes well we can try bread.
Step2: Salicylate challenge. We need to give them a diet high in Salicylates to see if they react to them. This includes apples, stone fruit, mango, strawberries, capsicum, carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, cucumber and several other fruits and veges (we have a long list). If they react, we stop, if they tolerate it we are then safe to give them these foods. - the dietitian expects Ben to fail this challenge and have a reaction.
Step3: Amine Challenge. We give the boys a diet high in amines. The list of baby suitable amine products is shorter. We can give banana, paw paw, pork and cocoa powder. Similarly, if they react, we stop, if they tolerate it we are then safe to give them these foods. - the dietitian expects Ben to fail this challenge and have a reaction.
Step4: If the boys fail either or both challenges we have to go back to the beginning and very slowly introduce the foods in small doses (one teaspoon a day) and gradually increase the amounts in the hope that we will be able to eventually tolerate them.
We'll let you know how it goes....
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Both boys LOVE to stand up and walk along while holding onto something. Benny has recently mastered the art of getting himself into a standing position. He now crawls around the room and stands up at various points, walks and explores as much as he can, gets down and crawls to the next spot. He's very pleased with himself and laughs a lot.
Below is today's video of Ben making a bee-line for the laptop. Notice the improved technique and skill..... and also see his other new trick. He now does a combination of army crawling and proper crawling. He started that a few days ago. He does about half-half now of army and proper crawling. He gets down onto his belly when he wants to go fast, and up on his knees when he wants to stand up.
Ethan is not yet able to get himself into a standing position, but he is working on it, and might master it in the next few weeks. Ethan really enjoys standing up, and often comes up to us and asks up to help him up. Very cute. He is getting very good at communicating his needs and wants with us. Below is a video of Ethan standing at the table, the toy he is playing with is one of the boys favorites. She is called 'Debra the Zebra'.
Ethan at the coffee table
Ethan at the coffee table again
Benny playing on the floor
Benny at the activity table
Below is our new pram. Ben in the front, Ethan in back