Going to a party

Yesterday we were invited to a 4th Birthday party.

Now here is the bit where we find out whether you are the parent of a child with allergies or not

Are you a non-allergy parent,

  • discussed with your children wrapping presents,
  • spent time convincing them to sign the card
  • had a bit of lunch
  • finally got to the party?

or are you the allergy parent

  • wondered what food would be at the party
  • would it be hot or cold
  • what do I have in the freezer that might be similar
  • do I need to rush to the supermarket to pick something up
  • what do I have time to cook
  • and let cool
  • wondered about cake and how to handle that

then finally joined the

  • discussed with your children wrapping presents,
  • spent time convincing them to sign the card
  • had a bit of lunch
  • finally got to the party?

so while the non-allergy parent would be relaxing in the morning of an afternoon party, there I was cooking some snacks to take along in his lunch box with sandwiches, jelly etc and suddenly thinking that maybe we could get a couple of chocolate (dairyfree!) crispy cakes made

As Tim is still only 2, although he understands a lot he still wants to be the same as everyone else, so at the party we spend time trying to make him feel the same as everyone else.

This was the first party that we had been to that we had a real issue over the birthday cake as he is reaching the age that he knows what is going on, he saw the cake, knew it was being sliced and put into everyone elses party bags and started to have a meltdown.
This is why as an allergy mum I always carry something in my bag, a quick word with the people putting cake in the bags and right in front of Tim his bag was filled not with cake but with Tim Friendly (moo free) chocolate.

When we got home we made sure we got the ‘cake issue’ over with, we investigated the party bags and were able to convince Tim that his ‘special’ chocolate was just as good as his brothers cake

Just a little insight to some of the things Allergy parents spend their lives having to think of.

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