Guess what?! We are moving back to Vancouver at the end of March! My husband starts his new job in March with a new company and I’m feeling very grateful that we will be moving back west. This last week I took a break from social media prepping for our move. I’m in the process of sorting through our house one room at a time, mentally preparing myself for what this means for our family. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, one minute I’m happy to be moving back home to our family, to the mountains, to the ocean, to SUSHI. The next, I’m in tears thinking about all the friends I have made here over the past 4 years that I will be missing. Thank goodness there’s social media that keeps us connected and for FaceTime! There’s never a right time for a move, there’s never a right time to do anything actually. You just have to take that leap and do it. We went back and forth over staying until the school year finished but ultimately decided we wanted him to make some friends before the summer started to help with the transition in the fall with Natalia.
I’ve noticed my anxiety has heightened since we made the decision to move back. Leo was diagnosed with allergies 2 months before we moved to Toronto. We have spent the last 4 years here controlling Leo’s environment, what he ate and where he ate. Now we are moving back to our family who hasn’t had to experience his allergies in their home. We would vacation back to Vancouver over the holidays but everyone would come to us. Now we have to think about HOW is the food prepared, are they food safe? Did they eat peanut butter in the morning? Did they wash their cutting board where they had their peanut butter before chopping the carrots or did they just rinse it? All the things that we do to ensure his safety, that come naturally, don’t come naturally to other people that don’t have allergies. I feel like there’s a huge disconnect between what an allergy is and what people think it means. I was that person, I had NO idea what cross contamination was and the impact it would have if I touched something with nuts someone could have a reaction if they touched the same surface. I thought it was just simply by ingesting it and if there were no nuts in it, it was considered nut free. I have learned to read labels and contact companies and ask the right questions. My goal is to help people understand that this is very serious. I recently met a woman who also has a food allergy and is also from Vancouver but lives here in Toronto. I asked her how she does it and she reminded me that this is just what you do, this is your new normal and you have no choice but to roll with it and do it.
I have huge goals for this blog, more to come on that. My plan is to create a file that I can share with friends and family on what does it mean when something is cross contaminated and how to be food safe. How can I help you navigate allergies? What kind of resources would you like to see on this blog?