Hello friends! Thanks for finding your way to our story today. We’ve had a blissfully reaction-free week over here- no one’s fussing uncontrollably, pooping blood, or sprouting hives- does life get any better? 😉 So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share who we are and why I’m blogging. We’ve had quite a few new friends and followers lately, so let’s get acquainted! For those familiar with us already, I hope there’s something new for you today. Either way, drop me a line in the comments or on instagram (@chunkythighsandfpies) and introduce yourself… so glad you’re here!
Without further ado, here’s the folks that make up our Chunky Thighed, FPIE-ed existence:
Yours truly! Mary. Mama Bear, mom blogger, and potato vodka connoisseur. I’m a former and future fourth grade teacher, but I’m staying home full time these days. I’m all about my baby boys, Netflix binges, pedicures with my girlfriends, walks with my family and cocktail-and-movie dates with my husband. Currently living life on a TED diet and navigating all things FPIES.
Chris. The life of our party and the calm to my crazy, not to mention the payer of our bills and fixer of all things broken. An attorney, technology buff, and sand-volleyball lover, we have very little in common and it somehow makes us work pretty darn well (90% of the time?). Chris loves music, a good podcast, and a great workout, all of which these boys seem to make harder to do than they once were. He’s the best of the best.
Lincoln Mac. My firstborn and the babe who made me a mama! A challenge from day one (and the day prior, and the pregnancy prior…) but the most rewarding, joy-filled, curiosity-driven toddler I’ve known. His smile lights up all of our rooms and he can’t get enough of buttons, lids, doors, and containers… so he keeps our toy budget low. Diagnosed with FPIES at 6 months after an acute reaction to rice cereal, he’s now up to almost 30 safe foods and eating like a champ! Dislikes include diaper changes, snuggles that last longer than .03 seconds, being told no, and any activities where his beloved lion wubbanub is not present. Also currently obsessed with giving “kisses”, which are in fact long slow head butts:
Miles Peter. Our second son and the boy who renewed my appreciation for newborns! Happy, sweet, smiley, and quick to let us know when his tummy’s not quite right. He loves to watch his big brother, play on his activity mat, coo, and really anything that doesn’t involve the carseat or mama attempting to expand her palate. Also seems to be following in Lincoln’s footsteps with blocked tear ducts, FPIES, and a very sensitive immune system.
Jackie O, more often known as dingus. She’s the sweetest dog, very protective of her mama and her babies, and she’ll do just about anything for a good piece of cheese. Loves to bark but never bites, even when Lincoln is determined to fully remove her tail or take up residence in her kennel.
So there you have it. My entire world, distilled into less than 500 words. As you (now) know, we’re not entirely consumed navigating FPIES- we are more than the allergies we’re battling and I’m sure you are too! So let me know who you are, how you found us, and what you’d like to read more of on the blog. I love to process and vent, but I also LOVE to find ways to support you to keep at this beast of a fight! All the best, from my 5 member household to yours.