Chips, Cheese and Sometimes Marshmallows

Life with 2q23.1 microdeletion syndrome (chromosome 2)

Chips, Cheese & Sometimes Marshmallows? What? Let me explain, if anyone knows my daughter Asia this completely makes sense:) Not only do we have many medical issues but, food issues are one of our major daily obstacles. You'll see...

Asia's List of Symptoms (2q23.1)

Whether or not all of Asia's Symptoms are related to the 2q23.1 microdeletion is unknown at this time:

At this time her symptoms are: Seizures, Hypotonia (muscle weakness), Development delay, Motor Delay, Language impairment, Non-verbal, Ataxia, Behavioral problems, Sleep disturbances, Short attention span, Repetitive behavior, Aggression, Autistic-like Symptoms, Sensory Processing Disorder (hypo-sensitive), Tongue-tied, Sacral Dimple, Possible Macroglossia (large tongue), Sandal Gap on foot, Constipation, Blepharitis, Hearing loss & Microcephaly.

~This list may be edited with new information~
There are additional symptoms with this rare syndrome that Asia does not have.

Many people contact me to ask what type of testing Asia had to get her diagnoses. Asia had a simple blood test performed which is called a "Cytogenic Microarray". There is a post in the blog that goes over this a little more.

Conact Info and Support Group

2q23.1 Microdeletion Syndrome has a great support group on Facebook. It is a closed group where parents can discuss their questions/concerns about their children with 2q. When logged into FB just search 2q23.1 Microdeletion Syndrome and find the closed group and "join". Also, please feel free to email me with any questions at

Friday, February 1, 2013

Snacks for the ultra picky...

Anyone that knows Asia, knows that she loves to eat bags of chips & slices of cheese-it's like a addiction. The first thing she does when she comes into the house (or Grandma's house) is look for the chips and cheese. She will throw the biggest tantrums if she cant find them. Until this past year she has never really had that much of a sweet tooth but, this year she has started to. She loves marshmallows, I think its because its a finger food that is "easy"-no mess and she can just shovel them into her mouth. Asia is not good with utensils yet-everything is with her hands. I've tried some of the weighted utensils but they were to big. Texture of food seems to be a issue and sometimes it's her mood that will effect what she will eat. I try to keep several different cheeses in the fridge to solve her craving. We love the little snack sized "tillamook's-or tillamoos"-I cant find them just anywhere yet, sometimes Costco has big bags. Chips can be a headache. If we have them she wants to hold the entire bag-no matter what size, its "mine" she says. If someone takes one they get hit or screamed at-yes, she loves her chips. She always wants Doritos, Cheetos, potato chips so I have decided to try something new. I want to slowly introduce products that are a little "healthier" until she gets a new taste for products and we can be better with what we are buying at the store. I will admit we love "treats"-sweets, chips etc. Anyone that comes to our house knows about the treat bowl on top of our fridge. It's always full of candy-we seem to accumulate it through the holidays and with occasional purchases:) Asia (and my other children) have discovered it and always want it "down". So I have replaced it...

If Asia wants a treat or a chip I am going to let her choose from this bowl. There are so many choices out there now that are better for you. I found a lot of "rice" products-Quaker brand has some great options. Little bags of "chips" that are sweet or savory but, they are rice cakes-texture just like chips. I put tons of items in little snack sized baggies-whole wheat gold fish, dried yogurt bites, pretzels, kept the marshmallows (just small amounts), teddy grahams, popcorn chips and potato crackers and then I am doing mixes in one bag for example-chex cereal, pretzels, marshmallows maybe some chocolate chips here and there. Buddy fruits is a great product line-one yummy treat is the Lemon Tartlet-a yummy treat if she'll eat it:) The baby food aisle has lots of snacks and Wal-mart had tons of great items last time I was there. Let's see if she'll go for this...

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