My facebook status today says that my life changed 16 years ago when Allen was born. Every mother quickly learns that life before your first born and life after are two different things.
At 7 months of age Allen had already so turned my life upside down that he prompted my grandchild-desiring mom to tell me "All children are not this hard." To which I responded "you have four other married couples of child-bearing age, don't expect me to do this again any time soon."
By the time Allen reached 7 months, he had been diagnosed with asthma, multiple anaphylactic food allergies, severe eczema and had undergone skull surgery. I count Allen's first year of life as the most stressful time in my life.
He still has asthma and has gone on to have other surgeries and yes he has those food allergies 16 years later. Which is why I bake vegan cupcakes for him (thanks for the cookbook Paula!). This morning Kyra and I spent a good amount of time in the kitchen preparing chocolate/vanilla swirl and margarita (fresh lime juice, tequila and salt) cupcakes. I'd upload some photos of them except Allen has used up almost all of our monthly internet allotment so no photos on my blog until after the first of the month. Trust me they look pretty and taste great.
Yes my life was turned inside out but is so much richer and funnier and joyful with him in it. (I could do without the surgeries though)