He's also had some real challenges, and we're thankful he's doing as well as he is. He is allergic to tons of foods, and despite the doctor's belief that the allergies would decrease, they have actually gotten worse. The ones we know about right now are eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, corn, tree nuts, coconut, sesame, and he is deathly allergic to peanuts. So making a suitable birthday cake (or even his daily meals) is a challenging. I'll do a separate post on his birthday cake, as the recipe I found and tried this time was amazing. I literally wouldn't have known it was an allergy-free cake if I hadn't made it myself. I think it's going to be the only kind of cake I make for birthdays in our family so the poor little guy can have some each time. He's number 5, so we do a lot of celebrating around here. He also has very bad eczema, which often prompts well-meaning strangers to suggest odd treatments. The latest was a woman who I'm pretty sure wasn't dealing with a full deck. She was sure he needed to take Emu oil or liquid aloe vera - both internally. With all the allergies he already has, I've decided not to ever take a chance with odd treatments that have to be ingested. Seriously though, doesn't it seem likely that if there were a simple cure for this problem, our excellent pediatrician - or at least the dermatology specialist - would know about it? Okay enough of the rant. Let's get back to the party.
Anyway, it was a great party and a great day. We're so thankful for each and every one of our blessings!