Friday, June 06, 2008

Baby Moods

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It's seemed to me, although it's hard to tell objectively about these things, that D goes through a change around each new monthly birthday. Something about his sleeping/eating habits, or just his moods and overall demeanor, or even something less tangible, will change around that time. It was soon after his 3 month birthday that he started becoming more difficult, not quite as happy and having more trouble sleeping.

And now, perhaps I'm jinxing us as I write this, but now as a 4 month old he seems to be doing better.

He seems happier. He's been having an easier time falling asleep, even in the stroller while we're out. And he's been able to spent time just hanging out with his toys on the floor. He still has his cranky moments, of course, and tends to get grumpier as the day goes on, but I think the both of us are having an easier time of it overall. I'm not sure what it's attributed to-- feeling better since having discovered the milk allergy and reflux, age, random baby timing, magic-- and I'm not sure how long it'll last, but we'll just take things one day at a time.

I'm finding suitable alternatives to supplement all the dairy that's missing in my diet-- and I am a milk, yogurt, and ice-cream fiend, so that's quite a void I'm trying to fill. For as long as I can remember my breakfast of choice has been cold cereal with milk. Simple, easy, satisfying. I think that was one of the first things I though about when I decided to cut milk-- what the heck am I gonna have for breakfast now??? But we've found some rice milk at Coop that's quite good (at least with cereal-- I think it'd be too sweet to drink alone). I've also heard that some of the bio/health food stores in town have almond milk, so I may try to get my hands on some of that as well. And then today, at the suggestion of a friend, we found yogurt made from sheep's milk. I got one of each brand to test them out, and the one I had already today didn't taste all that different from regular yogurt. The ice-cream, I don't think I can even attempt to replace. Maybe in a month or 2 I can experiment with having tiny amounts and seeing how D does with that.

6 comments:

  1. Check with your pediatrician before trying almond milk!

    Some pediatricians say that children should not be exposed to nuts (in food or on their skin as body lotions) until they are at least 2 years old in order to help prevent nuts allergies.

    I am currently exploring options for body lotions as my favorite is made from nuts. However, I have been advised not to use it because I will be touching our baby a lot (obviously!) and it could be too much exposure.

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  2. Anonymous2:48 PM

    i wonder if sheep's milk is free of lactose? because isn't it what causes most people to have milk allergies? they can't metabolise it or some crap.

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  3. RiceDream Ice Cream!

    (Maybe...?)

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  4. Lactose intolerance and milk allergies are completely different. I believe there is lactose in human breastmilk, too. The dairy allergy comes from being allergic to a particular protein present in cow's milk (and often in beef as well).

    GL, I mentioned almond milk to my pedi at the last appointment and he didn't say anything about it. I'll do some more research, but from what I've read so far exposure to nuts through breastmilk is not thought to be dangerous to infants. And if it is, he's probably already screwed seeing as almonds, pecans, and peanut butter were some of my staple snacks during pregnancy. (Interestingly, I read that yes the lotions with peanuts can contribute to allergies but not exposure through mom's milk, but I also understood that as being bad when you used the lotion directly on the baby, as by the time it gets absorbed into my skin there's not enough to cause problems for him)

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  5. Cristina, I'll try the ride dreams stuff, but my guess is it won't be able to compare to the stuff I'm used to here. =(

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  6. The first 2 weeks after bringing my daughter home were misserable. She suffered terribly from acid reflux. She cried continuously those first 2 weeks because her acid reflux was so bad. The only relief seemed to come when we would hold her upright for extended periods. Her mother was a wreck as my daughter would not take her breast milk and only marginally took the formula. Finally we were urged to put her on a "pre-digested" protien formula. I believe it was called "Alumentum". Later we also discovered that she was lactose intolerant. Immediately upon trying the new formula, she was a changed baby. She stopped crying and honestly became the happiest baby I've ever seen. In fact I don't recall her ever waking up in the middle of the night crying after that. She is 12 years old now, and although she no longer suffers from acid reflux, she does remain lactose intolerant.

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