Unfortunately, the allergies were not the sole cause of Jacob's initial problems, but when all was said and done, Jacob was comfortable and I was learning how to eat a balanced diet without so many of the staple items we traditionally used. A year and a half of selective fasting have led to a healthy life for Jacob, and have helped him outgrow the allergies so that now, with a few exceptions, he can eat whatever he wishes.
From a selfish standpoint, in relation to this pregnancy, I do fear another year or two of not being able to eat. I'm so enjoying foods like tuna and cookies and ice cream again. I love being able to go to the store and buy a loaf of bread, rather than making it every day. I love the fact that we can almost go out to eat again without worrying about every ingredient in every dish. And, most of all I love the fact that Jacob can finally eat the foods he asks for.
I know I could have stopped nursing when we discovered his sensitivities. It was my choice to continue. I knew it was truly the healthiest option for him and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Still, I worry about whether the abundance of dairy foods and others I ate while I was pregnant could have intensified his sensitivities and if there is anything I should have learned from the past year and a half that would help this new baby.
In any case, my fears for this baby stem from my experience with Jacob. If this baby does wind up with allergies, I will gladly make any sacrifices necessary to give it the healthy start in life Jacob has enjoyed. But, I certainly won't be upset if somehow my family's allergies don't get passed on to another baby!