Family Update: Allergies, Weaning and More

So, today was Josiah’s visit to the allergist and after two hours, I came away with a prescription for singulair and an epi-pen as well as a tired and hungry little boy, whose skin test showed no allergies. It seems strange to me that despite a clear skin test, the allergist felt that the evidence was strong enough for Josiah to need me to carry an epi-pen around everywhere we go. He went for a blood test too, but we’ll discuss those results in a month. In the meantime, we are to continue to stay away from dairy and also eggs now. Plus, Josiah is to get a bath of at least 30-minutes each and every day followed by lots of lotion.

I don’t know if I’ll fill the prescriptions, but the allergist made a good case for the singulair especially since Josiah seems to be getting a little cold now and that is a big trigger for his asthma. I hate to disboey orders and not follow directions, but at the same time my main role (IMO) as his mom is to take care of him as best I can. Part of taking care of Josiah includes not pumping him full of unnecessary drugs and also taking the steps needed to prevent the preventable (like breathing problems due to a cold.)

This past weekend was momentous for the Yees as it was the first time I left for more than a few hours. Brian took off two days from work while I traveled to Dallas for the MOPS Int’l Convention. I had a great time learning and gaining vision and perspective and having a little bit of time to refresh. The trip did result in the complete weaning of Josiah. There is nothing left for him to get, but he is still asking often. He seems okay with a chocolate (rice) milk substitute, even if a little disappointed. This means that I am able to resume a normal diet as full of dairy as I desire.

Eila is very hopeful that she will have a little sister in about 6 months. I am now over 14 weeks pregnant with baby #4 and Eila has been very clear that she would like this one to be a girl. We’ll find out on November 5, God willing, if she is going to get her wish. I am feeling pretty good, if a little bit tired. The kids have been really interested in the baby since we checked out a very informative book from the library (maybe a little TMI was included in the first reading, but Eila hasn’t seemed to notice the skipping of the middle since then!)


  1. Krysta said,

    October 8, 2008 @ 7:44 am

    I didn’t know you were pregnant…congratulations!

  2. shan said,

    October 9, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

    Thanks! I’m very excited and I’m pretty sure I felt the baby move for the first time tonight!! 🙂

  3. Kristen said,

    October 11, 2008 @ 8:42 am

    Just a word of caution – My sister-in-law & brother ignored the doctors for my nephew and he ended up in the hospital when he was about Joes age. She saw how much the meds improved his breathing and hasn’t stopped since (he is now 12).

    Also he is not to take caught medicine when he is sick because that isn’t what opens his airways, but the hard drugs.

    PS congratulations and I pray for a very healthy baby and a speedy delivery.

  4. shan said,

    October 12, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

    Update: I talked to the dr. again after reading the ingredients, which include aspartame, and he said that it’s fine not to give them to him for now. We’re going back in a month so we’ll talk more about it then.

  5. Jenna said,

    October 12, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

    Wow!!! Congrats on your fourth-to-be 🙂 Joining the club 😉 lol I know…this whole drugs and allergy thing is not always fun…I have a friend whose daughter is going through similar things… 🙂 I’ll be praying for wisdom!!!

  6. Karen said,

    October 12, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

    Shannon!!!! Another little Yee on thier way! Congrats! I’ll join with Eila in the quest for a little girl! 🙂

  7. Jenna said,

    October 12, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

    …that’s how we have ‘Miah…Micaiah wanted a little sister, so she prayed to that end!!!

  8. Cheryl said,

    October 12, 2008 @ 7:07 pm


    Sorry you’re dealing with the whole allergy mess…I’d feel the same way about the drugs.

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