Good morning readers! I’ve got a gift to give away to one lucky person, and some amazing, life-changing news to share.
On just this Friday, December 18, my son passed an oral food challenge at the allergist’s office for baked milk.
I guess I have a superstitious streak in me after all, because I was afraid to talk about it with people. Afraid that we’d fail and that it would be a disappointment. Afraid because I was asking my son to eat something that could cause him to have a reaction. This challenge had me tied up in about 12 different ways, because it had to be done by my son’s consent. But now that we’ve gotten the green light, a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
In 2016, we’ll be receiving the gift of dairy back into our lives. We’re starting him with milk baked into a muffins for the next few months, and then afterwards, we’ll be starting with boiled milk in casseroles and such. By the end of April, hopefully he will be eating store-bought products with milk listed as the 4th ingredient, and hopefully at the end of 6 months, we’ll be able to try milk and cheese.
By next Christmas, my son could be eating like the rest of us: enjoying a shortbread cookie, a decadent risotto, or mashed potatoes made with butter, one of the products I love to use but have always been the most super obsessive careful about cooking with (because of the smear factor).
After that… there’s a whole new world of foods to explore – ones he can explore without fear.
This is the best gift anybody could have gotten me. Not only do I have one less thing to worry about, I will have a new family tradition for my inner circle and I can bring old family traditions back.
So I hope you can understand why I feel like celebrating, and fortunately Gay Lea is giving me something to give away and spread the good cheer: a year of Gay Lea products, in the form of 12 coupons, open to all residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.
All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment: tell me about the best gift someone gave to you, or one you gave to someone else that filled you with cheer.
Contest ends January 3, 2016, so make sure you comment by then! I’ll select the winner by random draw on January 4 and reach out to you by email to confirm your mailing address, so make sure you comment using a valid email address.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays to you, my readers!
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.