This picture isn’t about my boy eating his puréed beans. No, it’s about the lentils in front of him. See, a few years ago I made some for Naima and she had an allergic reaction...to the lentils. They are legumes. As are peanuts. Years have gone by and his big sister enjoys lentils with no harm or reaction at all...until today. As Amari and I were eating our lunch, Naima was at school eating hers and shortly after told her teachers that she said she “feels itchy in her body”. They call me. She’s having a reaction. I tell them to administer the 5ml’s of Benadryl that’s inside the emergency kit I have at her school and they do and tell me they will sit with her during nap and monitor her. The supervisor has peanut allergies too so she totally understands the situation. So yeah while I want to celebrate my boy enjoying some “solids” and maybe even sneak in a nap, I can’t. Lentils. Lentils her mother made. Maybe I’m cooking them wrong, IDK but gosh, I guess I can go on and on about food allergies and what I’m learning about them EVERY DAY. But really I want to say to moms (specifically) take it easy on yourself. You’re doing the best you can. And don’t be fooled into the images other mom’s post, don’t compare or go too hard on the next Mom because we all remember how delicate and how much of a miracle it actually is that they actually survived in the womb and made it out for us to love and nurture. Don’t get caught up in the bs of comparisons that social media dupes you into doing. Just don’t. They are all precious. All of them. And so are you. Remember you are a miracle too.