I'm talking about the top 8 allergens, of course. A few days ago, Leighton had her first Ritz cracker, which contains soy and wheat. She had no reaction! She has since had a lot more of the crackers, plus some Gerber puffs and apple cinnamon wagon wheels (all of which contain wheat), and has not had a problem. I am so relieved. My biggest fear was that she would be allergic to soy and wheat, because those are two foods Ainsley eats a lot (practically all of our dairy substitutes contain soy, and a lot of her snacks are wheat-based).
Because of Ainsley's allergies, I am so cautious about what I give to Leighton. I am so afraid she'll have an allergic reaction to something. Just the other day, I was eating a piece of Kraft American cheese (real cheese -- the only dairy-containing item we usually keep in the house) and was holding Leighton at the same time. She looked at it curiously, and for a moment, I thought, "Why don't I just give her a little?" But I was too scared, so I didn't. I am trying to hold off on introducing any dairy to her until she's a year old and we take her to our allergist for skin testing. Thankfully, I usually have Ainsley's Benadryl and Epi-Pen around (I carry a set in my purse), so if Leighton does accidentally ingest something and have a reaction, I can treat her.
At these times, I really envy my friends who aren't scared to feed their second, third, etc. babies new foods. I wish I could do that. But I've been burned before, so we're taking baby steps this time (pun intended!).
On a last note, Leighton is progressing at light speed ... she has been crawling for about a month, and is now pulling up a lot. The other day, she stood up at school totally on her own, not holding on to anything. The teachers think she could walk fairly soon. Ainsley did not crawl until 9 1/2 months and did not walk until 15 months, so this is a new world for us! We have already decided that we cannot have a regular Christmas tree this year; Leighton will surely try to eat all of the ornaments and pull the tree down on herself. So, we are going to buy a (real) 4-ft-tall one and put it on a table in our living room (where we traditionally put our Christmas trees).