Thursday, February 9, 2012

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life. ~

{pretty}

The girls asked to display their recent lap books and dolls to show the tutor when she came over this week. So pretty!


{happy}


I haven't had the followup appointment with our pediatrician yet - it is scheduled for next Tuesday - but I  have a feeling I am going to be on a special diet for quite some time.    It has been 9 days since I have had any dairy, soy, gluten, grains, beans/legumes, sugar, chocolate, caffeine, or any sweeteners.   I didn't think it was possible!  The good news is I've lost 5 pounds, haven't felt hungry, and have even gotten some sleep that we seem to have a completely new baby!!!  I'm guessing that he has a Milk Soy Protein Intolerance.  The last couple days he has been so much happier, smiling more, tries to "talk" to us, and feels sooooo much more relaxed when I am holding him.  He will take naps in his bed, and has even enjoyed the swing for more than two minutes at a time!



{funny}

The recent birthday party inspired the boys to ask for some popsicle sticks.  I've been finding extra large land mines like this one all over the house!


{real}


I'm adjusting to my new diet, but tonight I really wanted some sort of treat.  Despite all the leftover cake and other treats around the house, I stuck with my diet and made a Strawberry Milkshake with coconut milk and strawberries, topping it with some unsweetened coconut flakes.    It wasn't exactly what I've been craving, but it was still delicious... and healthy!

The older boys are at Hockey practice (it's really late on Thursdays) and the little ones are all in bed.  I'm off to brew a cup of tea and watch the latest episode of Downton Abbey online while I nurse the baby.

Goodnight and God bless! 

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19 comments:

  1. So glad for a happier baby! And good for you for sticking to that very restrictive diet. Hopefully you can start adding foods back in one at a time and see if they're ok. Have a relaxing night!

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    1. That's what I am hoping! I will start with adding a few whole grains and see how he does, but I'll probably wait at least another week.

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  2. Praise the Lord for happy babies and healthy mommies! Great job!

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  3. Like you I don't eat dairy, soy, gluten, sugar, chocolate, caffeine, or any sweeteners nor do I partake of any animal products. I've been eating this way for over 2 years, eating mostly green vegetables and fruit. I've discovered that delicious ice kream/sorbet can be made by blending any frozen fruit with the tiniest bit of plant milk. Bananas, almond milk, nutmeg, and chopped almonds is out of this world delicious. Tastes like cold stone especially if you top it with fresh strawberries.

    My daughter had Samantha or Kirsten plus all the books from all the dolls available 20 years ago. We now have a five year old granddaughter named Samantha.

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    1. That recipe sounds great! I wish I wasn't intolerant to bananas. I've never been able to eat them... :(

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  4. You are doing an amazing job to keep on that diet! I love Downton Abbey! It's my indulgence when the kids go to sleep and I fold laundry. I've watched all of season 1 & 2, including the Christmas special and am almost done watching it a second time! I am a tiny bit obsessed :)

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    1. I only just recently started watching, after seeing all the discussion all over the internet. I didn't know that there was also a Christmas Special! Is it available to watch online?

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  5. Great job on the diet! Did you start it for him or for you? A happy baby is certainly a good reason to stay on a plan that also produces weight loss! Woo hoo!

    I had a dream about you and your husband last night. Funny!

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    1. Oh, that is funny! Hopefully it wasn't a nightmare! I started the diet for the baby, at the recommendation of his pediatrician, at least with trying to cut out all the foods that could be making him so fussy. I'll start adding back a few things at a time to try and narrow down what all it is, exactly.

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    2. No, it wasn't a nightmare, but it was weird as dreams are. It was really pretty in Oregon and I remember there was a tree covered in strawberries! Lol!

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  6. Oh, you are doing really well. There is nothing like a fussy baby to make me change eating habits I never thought I could change! Where do you find recepies? My imagination is very dull after a new baby!

    KAMMiller

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    1. Well, I've pretty much been eating eggs and vegetables for breakfast, tuna or chicken salad with more veggies and a piece of fruit for lunch, and some sort of meat and veggies for dinner. I have made a hamburger and chicken tacos, using romaine lettuce in place of the bun or taco shell, and my favorite new discovery has been zucchini noodles. I saute them with some olive oil and garlic and it is almost like eating a bowl of garlic spaghetti, one of my favorite comfort foods. I've found some great ideas on Pinterest after checking my cousins board, who recently did the Whole 30 Challenge.

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  7. Jessica, we are in the same boat! Our little one is 10 months old, and has protein sensitivities to dairy, soy and egg. It is an adjustment, but so worth it!! Sounds like your doing great, and have a very happy baby because of it :) Good for you!!

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    1. Oh, wow! I hadn't even thought about eggs, and have pretty much been eating them every day!

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  8. My daughter has had to follow extremely limiting diets for her middle child and her baby, during the time she nursed. She is still nursing the baby who is 15 months. Her first child had no allergies. I would like to put her in touch with you. She really has had to adjust her life for these sweet grandsons of mine. We are Catholic. I will forward your blog.

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  9. I'm curious what you have to eat instead of those things you listed...I'm thinking Simeon might be happier if I changed those things too, even just dairy...but I'm finding it hard. I don't know what to substitute or have a book to follow.

    Bud looks great!

    I started today watching Downton Abbey online while pumping....I'm liking it!
    Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Let's see... I've been eating Eggs (Scrambled, Fried, or Omelet) with Veggies cooked in Coconut Oil for breakfasts. Sometimes I will have a piece of fruit too. Snacks have been fruits, veggies, and raw nuts/seeds. I'll mix up a little bowl of almonds, walnuts, pecans, unsweetened raisins and coconut, along with some pumpkin and sunflower seeds to snack on throughout the day. I'll have salad for either lunch or dinner, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as some sort of protein: grilled chicken (I bought a couple packages of grilled chicken strips at Costco), or I have also been making chicken and tuna salads. I've been making "pasta" with zucchini and cooking it with a little garlic. Yesterday for lunch I sliced a zucchini and put a spoon full of pizza sauce on each piece and popped it in the oven. They were yummy. Not exactly pizza, but still really good. I've also made fruit smoothies with coconut milk and frozen fruit. Peach and Strawberry are my favorites. I had "chicken tacos" one night, using romaine lettuce as the shells and filling it with chicken, avocado, tomatoes, and salsa. Those were great! I guess that pretty much sums up what I've been eating. I think I am going to start adding back in some gluten free whole grains first, and maybe honey/maple syrup. I was given a recipe for homemade granola, which would probably be really good with some coconut or almond milk!

      I am all caught up with season one (on Netflix) and two, and need to find something else to watch. At least the next episode will be on tomorrow night!

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  10. SO, you don't eat any carbs except fruit...why the coconut oil instead of canola oil? (coconut oil is what we used to get rid of lice, while I was pregnant and well, the thought of that makes me gag!!)

    With my type 1 diabetes, I need to have carbs, 3 per meal...

    With the chicken salads, can you use mayo? (or what do you use?)
    Might have to try some of those smoothies...not sure about that coconut milk though!

    Thanks for answering!

    I have to say that with Flashpoint, the first episode is not that great, but the rest have been great. We just started the 2nd season.

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  11. I have needed to give up dairy for every baby (4 so far, another on the way). They have had milk colitis. Their little colons can't digest the protein in the milk yet. When they are newborns, they are just very fussy but at 2 or 4 months of age, blood started to show in their dirty diapers. After the first two babies, I just get off dairy the moment they are born. The good news is they usually outgrow it by the time they are 1.

    We just discovered Downton Abbey also. My husband heard about it from his college students. I have been sewing on the Jesus tree (just had it glued on before) while we watch it online.

    I recommended your site, and some others, to the religion teacher at my sons' school. I told her they really need to send some information about how to celebrate Lent at home with children. Some families aren't really practicing their faith while others are wishing the school would include them more in their child's faith formation. She liked the idea. I hope she does and I can't wait to see which suggestions she includes in her information for the parents.

    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. The Jesus tree that I first saw on your site is definitely a big part of our Lent every year.

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