Friday, December 7, 2007

A new diet

Well, after a few days of having a fussy son (and I mean FUSSY...almost every waking moment!), I think I have determined that he has trouble with my intake of dairy. I have been cutting back for the past week and just recently cut it out completely and I have already seen a marked difference in his behavior. Also, the ecsema that had broken out pretty majorly on his face is also going away. Hm. It amazes me how truely interconnected we are while I'm breastfeeding. It's a wonderful bond I have with him! But, it has been a challenge for me to cut out cream from my coffee, milk for my cereal, chocolate, cheese, sour cream...anything with dairy. It's going to be a challenge for the next several months. I did buy some soy milk yesterday and it's not bad in cereal, though I don't see myself chugging down a glass for fun. It will do, though it doesn't replace the taste of half in half in my coffee!!!

Ethan is doing very well now that I'm monitoring my diet more closely!!! He's got is afternoon routine down pat; he has his feeding, is awake for about another 45 minutes and then is out for a good 1.5 hour nap. At night, it's a different story! He wakes every 2.5-3 hours to eat and is fussy from about 5-6:15 am. Needless to say, I'm lacking in sleep! Anyway, I'm hoping we'll get on a good nighttime routine soon!!!

So, goodbye ice cream, pizza, and cheese on my sandwiches. I'll see you in a few months.

4 comments:

Kelly said...

Oh, I had to do that with Ben :-(. It was sad but there are a lot of options out there for non-dairy, thankfully! Things smoothed out for him around the six month mark. I know that probably seems like forever right now, but sleep is a lot more appealing, isn't it?

And be encouraged! He's figuring out when night and day is. He used to be fussy right in the middle of the night, right? And now he's moving that towards morning. He's starting to "get it"!

Josh and Dana said...

Hmmm....this makes me think. Isaiah cried ALL THE TIME for the first 2 months and I hadn't thought about it being dairy until I read this. I'd love to hear if you figure out a way to get around that coffee thing...

Mel H. said...

I hope that things continue to get on a more regular schedule...those first few months are such a struggle. I can't believe it's been a year already for me. Cherish every agonizing moment of sleeplessness...you'll remember it forever!

Heather said...

Melanie,
It was great to get your Christmas letter. How beautiful your children are! It so reminds me of the early days with Rachel and Josh (also nineteen months apart).

Keep up the great work~
Heather