This time last year i was still pregnant and looking forward to the day i would get induced so that my pregnancy would be over and i could start to feel a little better. I was very over feeling sick from high blood pressure and also the constant debilitating migraines. I was also very excited to meet my little girl!! We knew that we had a high chance of allergies or FPIES again but we never expected that the NAET treatment that worked for Abbey wouldn't work for Iyla. We really had our hopes up that even if there was issues they could be addressed and we would be able to enjoy a 'normal' baby.
Our first night in hospital was already rough. She screamed until 5am. She was already spitting up lots and very gassy and was constantly gagging and choking. It was scary but the midwives told me it was normal. I hoped they were right and it wasn't a sign of things to come. Things didn't really improve and when she was 5 days old and pooped neon green poo full of mucous i knew. I remember my heart wanting to break into pieces. Not again!! But then i thought that i would take her straight to my chiro to try NAET with her and that hopefully we could get everything sorted out and i would be able to continue breastfeeding and she wouldn't have to deal with the allergies. We tried for a good few months without any success. It was so hard. especially after having all that hope. We were all shattered.
But now as i look back over the past year, yes it has been extremely difficult, yes it has tested and tried us and more ways then we could have thought possible and yes we have often wanted to run away from it all. But there have been so many good times too. Iyla truly is an amazingly beautiful little girl. When she isn't reacting she is the easiest, happiest and most easy going baby you could come across. She brings so much joy to our lives and so much love to our family. I know i couldn't imagine life without her. I hate watching all the pain she goes through but each food trial that is a pass is so exciting!! We are truly blessed!! I look forward to the day she outgrows FPIES but up until then we will do our best to stay strong for her.
I want to also thank everyone for following our story so far and for all the thoughts and prayers. It helps so much not to feel alone and isolated.
Here is a photo of her enjoying CAKE!! yes CAKE for her photo shoot! It's made from self raising flour, her formula and a little sugar. (Sugar is protein free so an automatic pass)