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Whew, It’s Grade 2

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies  So, it’s Grade 2, not Grade 1, not kindergarten – just a not-so remarkable year in Lucas’ continuing grade-school education and our family’s life-long allergic journey, which regardless of the grade seldom goes without drama and extra-special attention. Last year, when Lucas was entering Grade 1, there was […]

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Allergic Test Subject – Not!

Samantha Yaffe’s frank take on motherhood with allergies. A few years back, we found ourselves between allergists. Our first one died a year after Lucas was diagnosed with peanut, tree nut and egg, and the second one was, well – to put it mildly – not a good fit. After pulling a few strings, Lucas, […]

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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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