Hello Out there.. (Echo..Echo..)
Welcome to Reagan’s Full and Allergy Free.. I started this blog in honor of my beautiful daughter Raegan. Raegan is 10 months old and has already had quite a journey in life. When she was only 2 weeks old we noticed she had more “baby acne” than normal; by the time she was 2 months old she had developed severe eczema. I’m talking the type of eczema that bleeds and oozes. Nasty stuff!!!
Reagan’s Eczema at 21/2 months
I was unaware at the time what could be causing her skin issues, so I did what any normal parent would do and took her to see her pediatrician. Although her doctor was helpful and concerned his answers were vague and I was sent home with several different creams, lotions, and ointments to try. Over they next few weeks I was hopeful but it only seemed to get worse.
Sorry for the blurry picture:) Anyhoo…so I took her back to the Doctor again was told “Oooooh..its just typical infant eczema, she will grow out of it!”. Easy for the doctor to say.. At this point Raegan was not only suffering from painful itchy skin, but she also had tummy pain, loose stools, reflux, and was just pain miserable. It was at this point I turned to my family, friends, and…yep, you guessed it, the INTERNET!! I thank God everyday I did. It was through these avenues that I learned that what I was eating may be affecting her simply because she is a breastfed baby. I researched the most common food allergies and took the information back to the doctor once again and asked for her to be allergy tested. Sadly I was turned down…on TWO occasions!! All the while her skin and other symptoms were getting worse and worse!
Reagans Eczema on a GOOD day!!
I tried to do testing on my own by eliminating anything that she could possibly be allergic to out of my diet. I was basically eating vegetables and unseasoned chicken. It was terrible! I was hungry, light-headed, and the worst part was my milk supply was getting low and I was too scared to try and give Raegan formula. But!!!!….BUT!!!! low and behold Raegan was doing much better!! Her skin was clearing up and her temperament was improving. Seeing the changes inspired my husband to put on his big girl panties and have a man to man chat with the doctor. Our doctor finally gave in and sent us to get allergy testing! We were so excited to find out that Raegan was indeed a special little girl. She tested positive to being allergic to Dairy (not to be confused with lactose, but the protein in cow’s milk), Egg, Peanuts, and Tree Nuts. Although I was excited to have answers I had no clue what I was in for! Going grocery shopping became a whole new ball game and when I would search for recipes online every recipe had very foreign ingredients such as coconut flour, xanthum gum, etc. I was lost and had no idea what I was doing! Grocery shopping/cooking became frustrating and, quite frankly, GROSS! Recipes made no sense and they took too much time! To make matters worse a few more months down the road Raegan developed more allergies to include Oat, mustard, and all things Melon. Which brings me to where I am today, this beautiful new blog!!
I AM A BUSY BUSY MOM! I raise two very active kids, my husband is a SERE IDMT in the USAF and has a very busy schedule which has him gone a lot, I go to school full-time online, and I am currently trying to get my licence to do in home daycare. I have NO time to make everything from scratch or even cook 3 meals a day EVERYDAY! So this is my journey in the kitchen and grocery store. This is my journey to find fun, EASY, and delicious meals my whole family can enjoy and most importantly my daughter will love.
My goals are to find and create recipes that TASTE AMAZING, are EASY TO PREPARE, and are FUN! For any and all of you who decide to stop by or even follow me on my journey thank you for your support and your suggestions and comments are always welcome!!