We discovered last week that baby S is still QUITE intolerant of milk. J went to pick up take out from one of our favorite restaurants and the chicken breast which we had specified to have no butter on it looked a bit shiny and suspicious when he brought it home. There was no denotation anywhere on the take out container, the receipt or the bag that it was made without butter. His online order clearly showed he had specified no butter and they've always been great about accommodating us in the past, but I should have trusted my gut instinct. Instead, after hesitating for a few minutes, I tore in to that piece of poultry as if it were my last meal because I was starving.
Within 12 hours, I realized it was definitely the wrong decision.
There were some very bad days and nights in this house following that incident. I decided that, for now, I will no longer be eating outside of our house. At all. It isn't worth the risk and it is unfair of me to expect some unknown person to put my babies' food allergy at the forefront of their mind in this situation. I am not the majority by any stretch, I am not even the minority at this point. I am tiny blip on a radar for a huge operation that is in the business of serving mass amounts of people food. Good food lathered in butter.
In wake of this event, I have really decided to ratchet down on the food situation. I had a pretty good control over it all before, but I was getting lazy. We were eating out a few times a week, trusting strangers, and I was falling in to the bad habit of making the same 3 or 4 meals every single week. That's just not good for anyone. And yea, I'm tired and I'm not at all interested in cooking at the end of a long day that started at like 5 AM with a crying baby, but if I am going to keep nursing then I've got to make this work.
So. That's how I started off 2012.
But I have decided to do my best and turn each bad situation in to a positive somehow. This was just a way to help us test whether or not she is still suffering from MSPI at 6 months. And now we know and I will not make that mistake again.
After a long and thorough trip to Whole-Foods, though, I stumbled across an MSPI-friend margarine AND a dark chocolate bar.
That's right. I said chocolate.
I am kinda scared to eat it. It has been sitting on my counter for a few days. All of the ingredients are totally safe but there's a cross contamination caveat on the package and after last week I'm just a bit shell shocked. The cross contamination warnings have not been an issue on any other thing I eat but I'm just leery about a company who makes chocolate bars for a living. Though, at the same time, it's been almost 6 months and I also have a lovely bottle of Cabernet sitting next to it and I think I'll likely cave soon.
I do hope everyone else's year started off on a better foot than mine!