I love food. LOVE. Not in a foodie “ugh! You should have used the WHITE truffle oil, you barbarian.” way, but in a “GET IN MAH BELLEH!!” way.
In our wild and crazy days Nerddad and I would take vacations, staying in cheap motels and seeing free attractions so we could save all our pennies for expensive food. Omnomnom.
So a little over a year ago, when I turned up with celiac disease, it was irrationally hard. Suddenly grocery shopping was overwhelming. Cooking wasn’t as intuitive or spontaneous anymore (and I fancy myself a decent cook). And I *shudder* became THAT person when we ate out. The special-order-sauce-on-the-side-what-EXACTLY-is-in-this person.
But it eventually was okay. Shopping got easier, cooking got easier, I got better at deciphering menus and knowing what and where I could generally eat.
Fast-forward to a few weeks ago. Right around 2 weeks old, baby girl went from normal baby to Colicky McScreampants. For HOURS. Every day. Apparently “colic” is defined as 3 hours of inconsolable screaming, 3 nights or more a week. Hell, sometimes we were hitting that mark before BREAKFAST. So, per Dr. Google’s recommendations, I cut out dairy and soy. And in a matter of days she was back to her old self.
Ummmm – what? So now I’m gluten, dairy and soy free? Oof.
Then I had peanut butter for breakfast. And she broke out in hives.
Pro tip: if you find yourself googling “anaphylaxis in newborns”, make an appointment with the pediatrician. Stat.
Our awesome AWESOME pediatrician. He took me seriously, believed what I said I saw and experienced, and said we were on the right track. That it was too early to test baby girl for actual allergies (all her antibodies are still really MY antibodies), but it sounded like we had a dairy & nut problem on our hands.
Not an allergy – she’ll probably outgrow the dairy bit, and might outgrow the tree nut bit.
While I nurse, I’m gluten, soy, dairy, and tree nut free. *overwhelmed* In a few months I can try introducing dairy again, but tree nuts are verbotin until she’s 2.
I tried to go grocery shopping yesterday, and texted a few friends that it felt like all I could buy was meat and produce. Turns out I’m basically Paleo now, with a swap of rice and corn for nuts.
This should be interesting. Manageable, but interesting.
(And don’t get me STARTED on the fact that baby girl reacts to my ONE morning cup of coffee. I’m still going through the stages of grief on THAT one.)
If you have any recipes / tips / experiences – I’m all ears. Seriously.
And look – cute picture!! Kids!!