Merry Christmas and Farewell 2016

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I still can’t believe how fast the end of 2016 has rolled around. It was a big year for our family, hubby’s new job and dealing with his existing allergies as well as our daughter Ella’s diagnosis of several allergies (read more here). It’s been a learning curve this year, but one our family has grown through and conquered more than we anticipated. Now, we just have to get through the remainder of the silly season before 2017 takes over.

I thought I’d use this Christmas blog as an opportunity to give you a quick update on family life, since it’s been just over a month since my last post.

I’m really not a huge shopper but thankfully, I started my Christmas shopping in mid November and had finished it by the time the shops got hectic in early December. I hate big crowds and people who walk slowly or indecisively, so malls are not my friend around Christmas time. Now that Ella’s almost 2 and a half years old, she understand that Santa is coming tomorrow and is excited to open her presents. I wish she could have been this excited when she sat on Santa’s knee earlier this month… Like many kids her age, there were lots of tears when she got her photo taken with Santa, hopefully next year is better…

We’re having family over for Xmas dinner tomorrow, a traditional Aussie style Xmas day with a BBQ and lots of swimming. It’s meant to be mid 30’s so it’s going to be a scorcher. We’re forgoing the the roast and seafood this year and sticking to allergy friendly foods that won’t harm Ella. Lots of freshly BBQ’d meats and salad, fresh fruit and Ella-friendly chocolate cake. Thanks to Ella’s egg allergy, my favourite, pavlova is off the menu. Next year we’ll do food testing again with Ella to see if we can start weening her back onto certain foods, so I’m hoping for plenty of pav at Christmas 2017!

What else does 2017 hold for our family? Well, some exciting news. We’re expecting a baby boy in April 2017 which we’re all very excited for. I’m excited for bub’s arrival but very nervous about becoming a mother of two. Sometimes I barely feel like I’ve got control of one child 😛

On that note, in 2017 you can look forward to more posts about our dear Ella and her allergies, as well as the introduction of our son in April. From my family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas and safe and happy holidays with family and loved ones.

All the best for 2017

Cathy x

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