Saturday, January 16, 2010

Grains shmains...

So, in recent posts I'd been blathering about baking and getting all allergen free Paula Dean (if that isn't an oxymoron...), so excited to see Jack eat muffins and pancakes! Well, about three days into that he went from "happy Jack" to "can't build a block tower without losing his shiz Jack". At first I wasn't sure if it might be the vitamins we were giving him but he was acting glutened so I just cut out all grains other than rice and a couple days later Mr. Cool returned. So very thankful to have him back but bummed that something like tapioca starch or arrowroot flour can give his poor little body such a beating. Reintroducing buckwheat today since that seemed to agree with him fine before the others were thrown into the mix. Going to keep it steady at rice and buckwheat for a good while. I am in noooo rush to trial that business again any time soon.

Had an awesome week with Justin home! He is starting a new job next week and even travelling next weekend with the new company, I am both jealous and excited for him! We packed in The Wild Animal Park and SeaWorld this week. Had a great time with good friends at the WAP. Harvey is now wanting to WALK on his own at these places and I am starting to let him. Serious workout. SeaWorld was pretty chill when we went so he was able to zip around without tripping anyone. Jack went on an Elmo airplane RIDE for the first time in SW's Bay of Play. I was so proud of him! And he approached and took a picture with a massive Elmo character dude too...just growing up.

I'm single parenting tonight and typing while the boys eat. Operation bedtime starts at 7pm. Long bath, stories, and snuggling. This nap photo displays their style. :)

AND... Cute videos of us dog walking at Grossmont Center. Don't worry....the puppy is fine. :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Encouragement

Was talking with a friend yesterday about alleriges and gut health and exploring suspicions of why our babies guts were damaged. I literally lay in bed at night at times (up with the Harv) and go over in my head what I would do differently could I be pregnant again with Jack. I need to work on that. I'm not riddled with guilt but I do feel helpless at times and when you have answers you at least have a sense of closure. I need to accept that I'll never know why and that this journey is about SO much more than that. I came across this verse this morning and it was one of those moments where you feel God speaking to you.

So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you'll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you're already doing this; just keep on doing it. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

All us allergy moms (and all mothers who have a child with any kind of special need) are just longing to strike some sense of balance, a baseline kid that can navagate this world and be nourished. No treatment fits all and there is zero instant gratification along the way. Our love for our kids keeps us going but we need encouragement like you wouldn't believe. By others we're asked questions and we give answers that even we are unsure of, through our husbands we are given support, from our children we are given hope, but there is nothing as encouraging as having someone who knows exactly what you're going through to share with. We all have the dedication that keeps us on an elimination diet, researching when we should be sleeping, being the crazy lady with hundreds of questions for the professionals. We don't want to be that lady.... I don't want to be this paranoid, I swear Harvey can't even fart in his sleep without me analyzing what he ate that could have caused it. I have him eating pretty much what Jack eats which is probably healthiest anyway.

A great big thank you to those of you who listen to my diarrhea stories and healing strategies!! I noticed Jack avoiding the blueberries in my muffins so yesterday I made some with apples and banana and pumpkin seeds and they were SO good, better than the blueberry. I think I ate seven of them (they're small..ish). Jack had three but he was major cranky pants in the evening and a little whiney in his sleep so I think he's either having trouble digesting all the grains I've been giving him even with enzymes or the b vitamins that we've been slowly increasing were just doing their thing. His nightly epsom bath seemed to really help and today we'll eat foods he's extremely tolerant of. Found buckwheat flour at Whole Foods yesterday and am stoked about that, buckwheat is the only grain Jack doesn't react to on blood tests. Now if I can just figure out how to make a good buckwheat pancake without any other flours added....

Friday, January 1, 2010

An "all about food" entry!



This morning we had a first. We had a family pancake breakfast, we all ate the same thing, and we all liked it! I found a gluten free pancake mix and used a water/ground flax seed combo as an egg replacer. The pancakes were great! Jack ate four and a half of them! We felt so.....normal !!


The buckwheat noodles are a huge success and I made them the other night in bone broth rather than water. I scooped the noodles out of the broth and onto a plate and Jack ate them up (see video) and the small amount of broth left in the pot had thickened up from the starch of the noodles into a lovely gravy that I poured over rice for him the next day! I was so proud of the meal and not wasting any of my precious bone broth....Justin commented "you're like a Native American!!".




I made the switch from coffee (and all other caffeine) to Dandy Blend and have been using coconut milk vanilla creamer.....SO YUM! And I'm surviving without the buzz and can drink it without guilt or checking the clock to see if it's going to keep me up at night. I'm diggin' it.


Made a chicken salad using smashed avocado, olive oil, salt and pepper, in place of mayonaise. Was using vegenaise before but am avoiding soy (unless fermented) based on principle. The avocado was way better anyway. Just mixed in some shredded chicken and threw it over baby greens, kalamata olives, and balsalmic.


Hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year's Day! We have a lot to look forward to in 2010 !!