I was talking with a friend this weekend that having 5 kids doesn't mean we've got everything all figured out. We haven't cracked some parenting formula that makes it easy.
You know why? Because every child really is different. Child two is different from child one. Child three is different from children two and one. Child four is different from three, two, and one.
Not surprisingly, Child five is different from all four that came before him.
After making our own observations (two months of a stuffy nose and skin problems), discussing them with a trusted family friend (and nurse), and doing a little bit of internet reading, we're convinced Daniel has allergy trouble.
He's exclusively breastfed, so that means whatever is causing his trouble has to be eliminated from my diet to be eliminated from his.
For the greatest chances of quick relief for Daniel, I have decided to eliminate all of the biggest triggers: dairy, eggs, wheat, and nuts.
This course of action certainly doesn't make me feel like super mom. In fact, I've felt rather sorry for myself! Self-pity will only make things worse, so I'm taking the first course of action that comes to mind with any of life's little happenings: blog about it!
Y'all have been with me for a liver transplant and all that entailed, the announcement and birth of 3 children, homeschooling, getting a dog, and countless tales of daily life. Why not share this little adventure as well?
Starting today, I have completely cut all dairy, eggs, wheat and nuts. Hopefully we'll see a difference soon in Daniel. In a few weeks I will add each category back one at a time.
The wheat and nuts will be a pain (hello! no pbj's!) but I can work around it.
I'll miss the eggs and will be a little challenged cooking some things without them, but again, I can deal with it.
But the dairy? Ohhhh dairy how I will miss you. Cheese, chocolate, sour cream, cheese, milk, butter, chocolate... the loss of dairy is where the whining rears its ugly head!
I love cheese. I really love cheese. And chocolate.
And here's the real kicker: I'm 95% certain it's the dairy causing sweet baby boy's problems.
I am hoping he will do great after I eliminate these things. Then I fully expect to add back wheat, nuts, and eggs with no problems. If that's how it goes down, I won't even bother testing the dairy.
The good news is he won't be nursing forever, and he should outgrow this little allergy in a few years. I cooked dairy-free for over a year around 2009-2010 for other reasons, so for our main meal each day I'm not too worried about coming up with a plan.
As far as the blogging, I don't plan on whining and complaining. But I thought we could share some food ideas.
My biggest concerns are:
1. being hungry
2. losing weight
3. what to eat for breakfast
I figure I'll manage to take of #1 just fine: Eat. All the time, if necessary. :)
#2.... I'm looking for other fat sources besides dairy fats. Plus I figure #1 will help too.
#3. Breakfast. I have always enjoyed savory for breakfast just as much as sweet. Even though eggs are off-limits for now I am intrigued by the idea of beans for breakfast. I've heard the idea several times and it's always sounded appealing. So I'm picturing corn tortillas and beans for some mornings. Oatmeal is another option. And green smoothies with rice milk.
Do you have allergy experience? Do tell!