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The Nanny Nightmare, Pt. 2

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies Almost two years ago, I wrote a bit about my absent-minded nanny who I felt I was stuck with for life on account of allergizing myself out of the “good nanny” market. In my painstaking efforts to find a new one to better meet my family’s complicated […]

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Grade 1 and Letting Go

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies Is there anything more gut churning than thinking about your anaphylactic child sandwiched among 200 kids eating 200 snacks that may contain who-knows-what in a sprawling playground supervised by three adults? Well, hello recess. And there’s no getting around it, twice-a-day, every day, now that Lucas has […]

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Summer Camp Nerves

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies So there I am at this parent information night for Camp X. I’m listening to my soon-to-be Hippo’s section heads run through a day in the life. Sports, cooking, arts and crafts, snack, swim, lunch … on the bus, off the bus …. Oh and a quick […]

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The Test is Negative!

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies “There’s nothing there.” “Right, there’s nothing there.” “I don’t get it, there’s not even milk.” “Not even milk.” “Oh, but what’s that little bump?” “That’s the control test. Proves you didn’t give him an antihistamine before you came in today. That’s the bump you want to see.” […]

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Tis the Season to Hide Out – or Not

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies People never forget their child’s first Christmas. Memories of dressing little Billy up in his tiny Gap blazer and cords for his first holiday party at Aunt Edna’s. Watching him tremble with fear at the prospect of sitting on the lap of some paunchy old man dressed […]

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To Test or Not to Test

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies I’ve been going back and forth on the subject since the day he was born. It might have even started before. But the question of when, if ever, to test Judah for nuts continues to plague me. As a bottle-fed baby (forgive my surgically reduced boobs), my […]

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The Nanny Nightmare

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies. I’ll never forget the surge of doom that coursed through my body when Dr. Z diagnosed Lucas’s allergies (peanuts, tree nuts and egg). That was more than three years ago when he was a wee 16 months and I still carried my ‘new mom’ status like a […]

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Four Kids the New Two?

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies. So there I am sitting behind the glass wall at my son’s gymnastics’ class. I’m among all the moms, and would appear to be of the same social, educational and parental milieu as the pretty lot of them. We’re all about the same age – mid-thirtyish; we’re […]

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Traveling Without the Kids

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies. It’s February, the dead of winter. The gloom is in full effect and I’m desperate for something to keep my spirits afloat. Then it dawns on me: Honey is turning 40 in less than a year. This is the perfect excuse to book a fabulous trip we […]

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An Allergic Marriage

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies. “Did you ask them about the nuts?” I ask in what I consider a disarming tone, but which may, in retrospect, sound a bit bitchy. “Ya, I asked them and it’s fine,” he responds in a not-so reassuring tone that tells me he’s lying. I want to […]

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