Friday, June 06, 2008
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.