Designer Genes

Daddy: “Kadyn, you must have your mommy’s genes.”

Kadyn: “No, mommy has her own jeans, they wouldn’t fit me. Mine are just right.”

Of course, we knew the humor behind the dialog. However, it wasn’t until after the conversation that I really stopped to think about what he said. Our eldest, Kadyn, in a way, was right…my genes won’t fit him…his are just right. He is his own person, unique and wonderfully made. He may have our “genes” but he also has his own genes that fit perfectly.

According to the pediatrician, Kadyn, is the most severely allergic kid in the clinic right now…and it’s a big clinic. Research is proving that allergies seem to be linked to your genes. Although his genes seem a bit too big for him, (anaphylaxis seems so severe for such a little boy), I have to remind myself that God created him. God’s eyes saw Kadyn’s unformed body. And all the days ordained for him were written in His book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16). To God, Kadyn’s genes have the perfect fit…nothing too big, nothing too small.

Now that Kadyn is 3 I would love to enroll him in a preschool (this was written several months ago and posted on my personal family blog). However, something is holding me back from sending him. Only in the past few days have I realized that it’s because I’m scared to hand his life over to someone else…someone that I don’t know, and don’t trust. Questions flood my mind…”will he eat something he isn’t supposed to have?” “Will the staff forget to read the labels on snack foods?” “Will the staff know how to properly administer an epipen?” “Will they know when to and not to give the epipen?” “Will another allergy present itself unknowingly?” (A few weeks ago he had another allergy scare…with walnuts…a nut we thought was on the “safe” list. He complained of his throat feeling funny, then threw up 3 times, then his face got puffy and his nose got so stuffy I couldn’t even understand what he was trying to tell me when he spoke…scary.) It’s frustrating as a parent knowing that these “genes” most probably came from me/us. However, as his jeans continue to get bigger, and he, older, I realize I need to keep things in perspective. God created him, God will protect him, God has a plan for him. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be prayerful the entire time, that doesn’t mean that I won’t ask 100 thousand questions of each preschool I interview to make sure I’m sending him to a safe one, but it does mean that it’s time to let go. God is in control.

Kadyn, you are right, your genes are perfect little man. I thank God that he chose YOU for us and I can’t wait to further watch as your “jeans” continue to grow.

 

This is a prelude to the next few days where I’ll be sharing with you the process we went through in choosing a preschool for our son and the precautions we took/take with his life threatening food allergies. Hopefully you find something in this series that you’re able to take with you: Choosing a Preschool.

Parents–it can be hard to relinquish control to someone else, can’t it? After all, we would die for our kids, but would someone else? Whether your fear for your kids is allergies, shyness, a handicap, inability to hear, to see, or something else entirely, and whether your preschool is actually preschool, or daycare, or grade school, a new babysitter, high school…or college, it’s important to acknowledge that your fear is real. It’s your truth. It can be scary that first go around. It can be scary to even admit out loud. But go ahead…we’re all about being transparent on this blog! 

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