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Gluten free, Dairy free, Soy free, No Animal Products, & No Refined Sugars.

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Is it possible to remove any more items from your diet?!

One little addendum…

I will be eating fish, honey, and if I can’t find a gluten free bread that doesn’t have egg whites, then I will, on occasion, have some gluten free, egg white laden bread.

Color me crazy?

eczema babyOur little boy has terrible eczema.  Our little four month old baby has cheeks that have gotten so dry and cracked over the past month and a half that they have a half inch spot on each side that is raw.  Our little sweetie, who has had been sleeping 10, 11 or 12 hours each night since he was eight weeks old, has been waking up anywhere from 3-10 times a night for about a month now.  He’s teething too, so we thought it was just that at first, but he wakes up scratching at his head, at his face, at his legs.  We didn’t realize it at first because he wasn’t coordinated enough to scratch yet!  Isn’t that terrible?  To be so unbearably itchy all over before you even have the hand-eye coordination to scratch!  It’s been breaking my heart, and we’ve tried so many different lotions and oils, that have barely done a thing.

Then I started looking into diet.  My sister Kelley’s two youngest kids have also had pretty bad eczema, and she gave me a book several years back about diet and allergies that has basically eliminated the problem for them (depending on what they’re eating, of course)

I tracked down this book and read it cover to cover in a couple of days.  ((Don’t be too impressed.  It’s only 66 pages.))  It pointed to animal products, dairy, refined (wheat) flours, and refined sugars as the biggest dietary culprits behind most allergies and skin conditions.

I had been mulling this over for the past few weeks, and had finally decided to go for it at the start of March… giving myself till the end of February to wean off these MAJOR parts of most mainstream diets.

However, we went to our pediatrician appointment this past Tuesday, and she took one look at his poor dry skin, listened to all the things we’ve tried already, and started talking to me about diet as well.  (yes, she’s so fantastic)  She added all wheat, and soy to my list of “No’s” as well, as possible allergens.  She expressed shock that I was willingly removing refined sugars from my diet, and concern over my protein intake while abstaining from meat.  I feel pretty confident that I’ll be alright on the protein front… even though I won’t be able to rely on tofu for it now.  Beans, grains, nuts, seeds and veggies can pack a pretty mean protein punch.

Now… just to be clear… I have NEVER dieted.  I have NEVER restricted myself from ANY kind of food in my entire life.  (Except alcohol while I was pregnant)  So this is quite a switch for me.  But hey… I feel like my life has been doing 180’s for the past couple of years.  I can handle pretty much anything at this point 😉

So, I’m not sure how long I’m going to be doing this for at first.  It’s an elimination diet.  So the point is to be really strict about it for a period of time, to detox my system (and the little one’s), and then one by one, start adding certain foods back in to see if we have a reaction to them (did I mention I’m breastfeeding? I’m sure it’s obvious, otherwise, why would what I eat make a bit of difference to him, right?).  The book recommends six months.  I’ve heard other recommendations from various sources… so that part is up in the air… but hey!  I’ve started!

I’m actually pretty stoked about it.  I love being creative with food, and I don’t know if I’ve ever met a food I didn’t like (well… there was a quail egg in a Vietnamese restaurant once… and I’ve tried sea urchin at a Santa Barbara cafe. Ugh to both!).  So I’m excited to put my pinterest recipe boards to good use and bust out some new yummy cooking (and quick snacks too of course!)

I have high expectations for this diet!  Because really… there’s nothing else left that could be causing this!  So we’re on day two.  And hopefully the results will be glorious.

In the meantime, Dr. Hamdani gave us a hydro-cortisone prescription for his little cheeks and it’s helping them to heal so much quicker.  We have a little mixture of olive oil and sandalwood oil (from my dear friend Jenna’s doTerra line)  that is helping balance out the rest of his skin, and a half teaspoon of baby benadryl to help him sleep at night.  Two appointments with a dermatologist and an allergy specialist, and a follow up with our own doctor… phew!  We’re throwing everything but the kitchen sink at this one.

Like Dr. Hamdani said right before she ended our appointment, “We won’t stand for this!”

((pieces of my last meals… turkey taquitos & Crushcakes cupcakes))

taquitosCrushcakes cupcakes

Four Months Update

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Happy 4 months Mason! It is really crazy how quickly the weeks and now months have flown. Elaine does a great job giving the recent monthly changes but here is my attempt at a few moments of the last few weeks:

Teething sucks. We suspected it a few weeks ago based on the drool, constant items in his mouth, and quick change in his sleeping pattern. It was helpful to get doctor confirmation but even being first time parents the diagnosis was pretty clear. The pain seems to come and go in waves, but usually seems to get more intense at night. Nothing has broken through his gums yet, but we inspect his gums on a regular basis to see if there is a change.

Eczema on top of teething sucks even worse. What started off as a small patch of dry skin seemed to consume most of his body overnight. We have it pretty under control at the moment, but there were a few days that we both had “what do we do?” looks on our face. We now have a little routine of oil, lotion, neosporin, and band-aid. We get to do this a couple times a day and the poor kid gets bathed in it about 3 times a day. He gets pretty slippery but smells pretty nice.

Good-bye bassinet! During this month we packed up the bassinet and have successfully transitioned to a crib in our second room. There were some touchy times at first, but overall it has been a smooth for Mason and Elaine and myself. Funny thing is that even with such a big sleeping space somehow he always ends up smashed up against the edge every night.

Outside and inside the crib Mason is practicing balance by sitting up on his own and wiggles around his back to move one inch at a time. I know it is one small step, but we no longer have a stationary baby! The latest fun game is going from laying on his back to standing. By just grabbing his hands Mason does a pretty solid job of getting to his feet.

This month also gave Mason his first taste of water. I never saw him have a drink but I guess he had a couple small sips over the course of the month. It also gave him his first super small taste of solid food. Elaine shared with me this morning that she presented the smallest flake of flat bread to Mason the other morning and his tongue quickly darted out to snag it. We had been presenting our food to him for the past few weeks and we always got a blank stare. As the flat bread test proved, we can no longer offer him things unless we want him to eat it! This next chapter will be a lot of fun.

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We will be away this next week in beautiful Hawaii and I’m not sure how much blogging either Elaine or I will be doing..but you never know. We are looking forward to spending some time with my parents, watching sunsets, and kicking it at the beach. One thing that can’t come soon enough is time with Elaine and Mason that doesn’t involve work, big projects, or apartment therapy.

On a side note, THANK YOU for making January our biggest month yet. During the month we had over 800 visits and topped our old record of 700. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Aloha for now!

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