The Food Update

Toby has had issues surrounding food for his whole life, and we have been on diet after diet to see if we could isolate exactly what foods were triggering his reactions. We had seen doctor after doctor and even an allergist, trying to find a reason.

We went to a specialist, and FINALLY got a pretty good answer for at least SOME of the problems we’ve been having.

Toby didn’t test positive for any allergies or intolerances again. He did, however, test positive for an intestinal parasite. The doctor believes that the “food reactions” we were seeing were actually the life cycle of the parasite, flaring up, laying eggs, dying, and then becoming dormant again. That’s why it seemed so random. We still need to ask about peanuts, since we saw a reaction every time to them.

The most interesting part is that she tested me as well. Apparently, I tested most strongly reactive to dairy (lactose and casein), eggs, and oats. She also thinks that I have the same parasite (and passed it to Toby), which is causing my weight to drop drastically and assorted other issues.


Toby can now eat whatever he wants (yay!), and I am totally off all dairy, eggs, and oats. It’s REALLY tough, but I’m already feeling better – without ever knowing I was feeling badly to begin with. We’re hoping I can go back on the foods that I can’t eat once my gut is healed.

We are both on a detox program – Toby on a kid’s detox and me on a very light one, so that Nomi will get some of the detox, but it won’t shock her system. We check in every week to evaluate progress.

I’ll keep you updated as things go on, but this is VERY good news!


Busy, busy!

It’s been a while since we updated last. The kids are napping

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so I’ll take a bit of time to update.

This week, we’ve found out what happens when you give a 2 year old a Hershey bar

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We also did some canning, so Toby played with the pots and pans on the floor

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… and climbed into the lazy susan.

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Remember that pumpkin? It’s orange now!

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We also took a few walks and Toby was entranced by this bird on the telephone wires.

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Naomi enjoyed her first run-in with a toy on Monday.

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Toby studied up for our Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

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He goofed off by putting his sister’s socks on his hands, too. Strange little guy!

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Toby also spent the whole day Wednesday with NO DIAPER! He’s getting very good at pottying.

Busy week and busy kids!

Hanging Out

It was a leisurely day today – we spent most of it hanging around the house, playing, snuggling, showing off the garden.

Julie, Grandmama, and I went to the Corn Wagon (our local farmer’s stand) and the grocery store to pick up some supplies for……. dinner!! Grandmama made an AWESOME dinner of arroz con pollo, my favorite. She taught me how to quarter the chicken (it was pretty decimated by the end of things), and mom and Julie and I were her sous-chefs.

Here are some pics from today. So relaxing!

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Julie snuggling with Toby and Naomi

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Abuelo and Nomi taking a mid-morning nap.

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Grandmama cuddling her newest great-grandchild!