Clara got her braces off and after this celebratory GF red velvet cake, she plans to have a whole apple:
But wait: there’s even bigger food-related news. When we first realized Tarquin had hyper IgE like his sisters (at age four months), the plan was always that he would have nothing but elemental (prescription) formula until he turned five. This happens in a couple of weeks, and we had a planning meeting with their immunologist today. She green lighted trials on the first five foods the girls were able to eat after their two years off food: rice, organic turkey without additives, broccoli, pear juice, and olive oil for cooking the turkey when in patty form.
We’d been worried that he might not do well with the taboo of eating. And he was quite worried about his first grain of rice – we had to talk him into this:
But he’s done really well this evening. We go up incrementally; one grain, wait 15 minutes, two grains, wait 10 minutes, four grains, wait 10 minutes . . . you get the idea. He has had no reaction at all, and is up to a bowl of rice successfully. We will wait three days on just rice and elemental formula, then trial turkey. After we get these first five foods we’ll wait a few weeks before trialing anything else.
It was funny, I had to teach him how to chew and swallow when he got up to a mouthful. He really loves the sweet flavor of white rice and this is a pretty big moment in his history!