Easter has always been a special time for me - a real time of celebration with others of the same beliefs. This is the first year I've spent the lead up to Easter with considered trepidation. The thought of chocolate eggs all over small fingers and faces strikes fear into my heart. A month before Easter we already had to grab a foil covered bunny out of the grasps of our son while we were at the airport for fear of an anaphylactic reaction. Despite our best efforts, our son typically ends up with allergic red cheeks whenever we travel due to the bits of food left behind on airport seats and tables - a timely reminder I guess that his allergies are serious and continued vigilence is required.
I'm pleased to report that we have all survived an Easter long weekend without any trips to the hospital, and better yet, even without any allergic rash. Childcare was terrific - they rang us a week before asking for an alternative treat. I brought along 2 bars of soy chocolate, but stressed my concern about contamination on the outside of eggs, or the risk that our son would pick up a chocolate egg somehow. On the day, he was accompanied at all times by one of the workers to make sure he didn't come in contact with any offending eggs. His allergies are a pain in the butt, but at least he does get some special attention!
At home, we had interstate guests, so I wanted to try and continue the festivities. Plastic eggs were fairly easy to find, but I scoured the shops for an hour looking for special treats that would fit inside. In the end, I settled for puffy stickers of animals and cars. The Easter egg hunt went well and lasted for all of 5 minutes if that! Perhaps I needed a better Easter bunny?
The most enjoyable part was when our son stuck one of his Ikea finger puppets inside: "Tap Tap Tap... what is it? A baby turtle!" Trust him to find a better way to play with the eggs!
Actually the best moment was when he pretended to eat the egg then started coughing because it made him sick... Hallelujah, our son understands that eating eggs will make him sick! Toy eggs are OK, real eggs... NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!