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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Birthday Party Bliss
Today the girls had another birthday party. This party was for Kayla's best friend. We've been seeing Emma and her family pretty often and they've been wonderful with regards to Kayla. They both have been very conscious of Kayla and have inquired quite a bit as to how to keep the party safe for Kayla. Their menu consisted of some snacks - nuts, tostitos, pretzels, veggies and dip and then fajitas. I knew the fajitas would include shredded cheese. But for the dip Jen had asked me for a safe dip and since they were willing to go out of their way, I offered to supply the dip since it can be a pain to find the safe sour "cream" and it's always pricier. So I brought the dip and pretzels for the party. Then a few days ago, they even asked for a fake cheese substitute. The question blew me away and of course I told them they are available, but I would never ask them to serve it to their friends. I know some kids like it, but Kayla does not and neither to J or I. Plus it doesn't melt. ;)

So at the party today, they blew my socks off when I went in the house to eat (J and I eat in shifts at parties) to find out that they decided to forgo the cheese. Jeff had also gone over all the other food when we got there and without the cheese, it meant it was a completely dairy-free birthday party (OK - until you got to cake time). I almost wanted to cry. This was the first time anyone (outside of family) has made a party dairy-free for Kayla. She was so excited to have everything be safe for her (even if she'd never touch a fajita). J and I did not have to eat in shifts and the party was even downright, dare I say...enjoyable? Relaxing even. And my fellow Allergy Moms and Dads know the last word we would use to describe a birthday party is relaxing. This day meant so much to J and I, especially coming on the heals of last weekend's disaster. I just hope that I was able to adequately convey my gratitude.

This relaxing and fun environment (along with their very nice and friendly friends) made it even more sad that we had to leave the party early. Usually food (cake, etc) pushes us out of parties early, but today it was for a much sadder reason. My Great Uncle died on the 18th and we were attending the viewing that was an hour away. So we had to leave the party earlier than we wanted to, but at least the girls got to play some games and be there for the pinata. Kayla of course was upset to leave, but what kids wants to leave a party. And on the way home she told me she had felt safe there. That's all I need to hear to know that these new friends of ours are keepers.

As for their sleep-over? I was the sleep-over that never went. At 9:30 when the running around and slamming of doors would not stop, I went upstairs to find all their pillows and dolls and books in Alysa's room. They wanted to sleep in there. But since she's still in a toddler bed, that would not happen. Then Alysa said she wanted to sleep in her room. I think they were both exhausted, but did not know how to wind down. So maybe another night...

posted at 9:10 PM  

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

What a wonderful post to read! How considerate of this family to plan their menu around what would be safe for Kayla! It sounds like this is the beginning of a life-long friendship!

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's great that they were willing to do that!

At 12:47 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

SOOO glad that things went well this weekend! What great friends to have :)

At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How considerate of them! What a blessing that you all have crossed paths and the girls are able to be friends.

At 8:32 AM, Blogger Blessed said...

isn't it awesome to have friends like that - both for you and the girls!

At 1:52 PM, Blogger All my love, Carmen said...

So cool that they decided to make it safe for her! I am having birthday drama right now too, maybe it is the season for it? Those friends are definitely keepers! :)

At 8:18 PM, Blogger fay said...

It's was really thoughtful of Emma's parents to do that for Kayla. This
is a true friend.

Everyone had a great time and it was safe and healthy for all.

It is these types of stories that I will soon be inviting parents to
share on my website Dora The Explorer Adventures.

At 3:38 AM, Blogger Dee said...

very interesting, I had never thought of allergies to food and how it would affect someone at a birthday party. What wonderful friends.

At 5:52 AM, Blogger Donna said...

I loved the pictures from the party and apple picking. The girls looked so happy and were having such fun. We just apple picked too and it was a blast...

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Christine said...

How thoughtful of this family to not only make sure all was safe for Kayla, but that you and J could relax. Glad you were able to enjoy yourself.

After reading about the party last weekend, I was surprised that that father had that reaction. Totally blew me away, when all you were doing was to make sure your child was safe. Which is something we all want as parents, special need or not, isn't too much to ask in the least.


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