Today we braved the doctor's office. Kairi's fit started the moment we were called back. It did not end until we were out of the office. Alex was fine and laughing the whole time.
Kairi: 27lbs, 32 1/4 in
He's happy that we've been successful at reintroducing cheese. He wants us to try Lactaid milk soon.
Instead of ordering an allergy test, he wants us to challenge her with peanuts. We're to touch a peanut and then immediately touch her, record the reaction. We need to do this several times w/ about a week b/w each time. If this turns out ok, then we'll touch her skin directly w/ a peanut shell. Next would be a peanut. If she can tolerate those, then he won't prescribe an epipen. One reaction, though, and we'll have to carry the pen around. He told me to label EVERYTHING that someone else could see that she has a peanut allergy. He said that he hopes that one day we can challenge her with an actual bite of peanut butter, but warned that that may be years down the road. In the meantime, he said to keep giving her the soy butter and to always be willing to provide the snacks wherever we go in order to avoid peanuts -- which I do anyway.
Alex: (my shrimp!) 16 1/2 lbs., 26 1/2 in long
Everything looks good! He did say that his growth is sorta leveling out, and that he wouldn't be upset if we gave him one cup of formula a day. He said to not replace a meal time w/ the formula, but that it would give him a drink w/ a little bit more calories -- maybe we can plump him up some this way. But if I chose to not, then he won't be upset about it. Otherwise, he's in perfect health and will just always be a small child!
Both of them hand the finger prick. Alex just blinked and then tried to get his hand back. Kairi acted like she was being stabbed. I also had to physically pin Kairi down to be examined. We talked about each thing that the doctor was going to do before the appointment and she was fine when we talked about it, but today she went into panic mode. I didn't get upset or frustrated with her, which the doctor was glad about -- but I just don't know what I'm going to do about that child. Next time Chris will HAVE to go, b/c she's sooo strong I'm not sure that I'll be able to hold her down myself again.