Archive for May, 2005

No citrus.

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Sat. 5/14
Well we have a reaction. Lauren has diaper rash, and I’m bummed, because it’s from orange juice. I had a cup of juice last night, and no more juice for me for a while. We have to wait for everything to clear up again before I can add another food.

Still boring meals.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Tues. 5/10

Finally went back to the store yesterday and got some more puffed millet. It’s definatly bland, but way better than puffed rice. Had a pear with my cereal for breakfast.

Lunch was turkey and a baked potato, some pear/apple juice, and a banana in the afternoon.

And chicken again! Yes, chicken for dinner. Yum. I keep looking at the list of foods and trying to decide what to add next. I think I’ll add in a new food tomorrow night. Chocolate? Orange juice? Eggs? who knows.

Banana!

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Mon. 5/9
We slept in so breakfast was a banana. I can’t begin to describe how nice it is to just grab a banana on the way out the door and eat it. I miss orange juice too, maybe I’ll have to try citrus soon.

And lunch was chips and chicken. Yes, chicken!! Woohoo! Of course it’ll be back to turkey for dinner, but that’s ok.

Sun. 5/8
Happy Mama Day to me.

Breakfast in bed, thanks to Ryan, puffed rice and a pear. For lunch I had some turkey noodle soup and a big glass of apple-pear juice, and we headed out for an afternoon of visiting.

Dinner was at Ryan’s aunt’s house, the guys/kids were in charge of making dinner for the moms. They made chicken (mine plain) and I had Ryan toss an apple in foil on the grill, it was a yummy treat while everyone else had chocolate cake and other goodies.

New food:
Grilled chicken has never tasted so good. And so far Lauren seems OK with bananas. That’s a good thing.

Chicken soon…

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

Sat. 5/7

Yuck, puffed rice and a pear. I really need to stop at Web of Life or Nature’s Bin and get more puffed millet. The rice just gets soggy too fast. They almost taste identical too. Another half turkey in the oven now. Lunch was a leftover turkey burger and some chips, and a bowl of soup. Rice noodle advice – it is best to follow the instructions and only cook rice noodles for 5-7 min. as prescribed. Cooking them for 12-15 min. creates chewey mushy strange textured globs to put in soup.

New food:
I don’t know if Lauren reacted to the banana or not, she had a stuffy nose all night and sounded like Darth Vader sleeping. She doesn’t seem very congested today, so we’ll try again, eat another banana today and see how it goes.

Tomorrow Ryan’s family is having a Mother’s Day celebration where the guys/kids are cooking for the moms. So I’m going to add chicken to the diet, although I have to eat mine plain. Add a baked apple and baked potato and it sounds good to me.

Fri. 5/6

Well I ran out of puffed millet so I’m eating puffed rice for breakfast. It’s not as good as the millet, the rice gets soggy pretty quickly. Had an apple too.

We went back to visit the chiropractor today, she gave me a schedule for 12 visits over many weeks, and like last time, Lauren fell right to sleep in the car on the way home. She also slept in the car on the way to/from Oberlin in the afternoon. Usually she is wide awake the entire time and fussing. I also think the new car seat keeps her sitting upright instead of curved, a better position as far as the amount of pressure on her belly.

For lunch I finished off the rest of the turkey leftovers and had a bowl of rice noodles and turkey broth.

New food:
I had a banana this afternoon. It’s pretty exciting to eat other foods again.

For dinner we had turkey burgers and fruit. I guess I could put them on rice cakes to look like a burger, but I had mine plain instead.

Last night was one of the least fun meals of the last 2 weeks. Ryan and Alanna decided to go to Wendy’s for dinner, which just happens to be my favorite place to eat grease. So Lauren and I sat there and watched them eat fries and burgers and chicken and sodas. Hopefully someday I’ll eat there again. Or maybe I won’t, that might be the better thing, that after no fast food for months I suddenly have a strong aversion to the smell/taste.

More about the chiro…

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

Thurs. 5/5
Same old junk for dinner last night (turkey and chips), same old breakfast today, same for lunch and dinner too. I guess it’s time to make some new meal ideas. I’m glad I like turkey.

Lots of people want to know what taking a baby to the chiropractor is like. Lots of people think we’re letting the chiro grab her by the neck and go *pop* to her back. I thought that too until I met people who take their babies to the chiro, and then I met a mom who is a chiro and has a 5 month old baby. She and her husband adjust the baby regularly.

So on Tuesday we went to the chiro. The one we saw is certified in the Webster Technique, which is a method that helps to turn breech babies the right way. She works with lots of pregnant women and babies too, and Lauren seems to like her. We talked about her birth, what symptoms she has now, and some other things. She asked lots of questions and spent a good amount of time talking to Lauren and making her smile. She also showed me what she was going to do on a stuffed Tigger that was about the same size as Lauren, and gave me some handouts on chiro care for kids and babies.

Essentially baby chiro treatments are like a gentle massage. She used her fingertips and pressed gently on different parts of Lauren’s back and neck. The chiro had Lauren rest on my chest and I hardly felt any pressure from her touch. Lauren giggled (and had lots of gas and urps) the entire time, and didn’t complain about anything, so it must have felt ok to her. Then we sat Lauren up and the chiro did some massage to the back of her neck which seemed to relax her a lot. And finally she showed me some massage techniques to use on her belly, back and neck, and then showed me the spots on Lauren’s back and the corresponding nerves to those areas. Can you guess what they were? Bowel, bladder, stomach, throat, mouth.

Lauren immediately fell asleep on the way home. She rarely sleeps in the car.

For more info about chiro and kids, check out ICPA for Kids.

Chiropractor

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

Weds. 5/4
Dinner last night was the “usual” – turkey and a baked potato. Same with breakfast today – millet and rice milk, apple juice. Boring!

Lauren was super spit-uppy last night, she urped more than usual, which we were told to expect as her nerves and muscles are relaxed by the chiropractic treatments.

We had lunch at the mall – chips, a pear and an apple. We were out running around and I didn’t pack anything to eat. Had a big plate of turkey and chips when I got home in the afternoon.

I really think Lauren is less fussy. She’s making great noises and even spent some time on her belly this morning. The dry flaky skin in her eyebrows is gone, but the diaper rash is still there. Hoping it goes away soon too!

She weighed 15 lbs 5 oz today at the hospital.

Potato chips!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Tues. 5/3
Well Ryan didn’t make bacon today. Yay! We’re going to LLL meeting this morning, and then home to nap. I set the timer on the oven to cook another turkey while we’re out, having to cook every other day isn’t so bad. I need to make some other foods for Ryan.

Breakfast was puffed millet and rice milk, and an apple for a morning snack. We went to Trader Joe’s after LLL with Amy and Natalie, and I found the TJ’s brand chips are safe for me to eat. YUM! Kettle Chips brand are also safe, and a nationally known brand.

Lunch was some turkey, potato chips, and a pear. Ryan ate M&Ms close enough that I could smell them.

I took Lauren to the chiropractor today, she giggled the entire treatment and fell asleep as soon as I put her in the car to come home. Right now she’s napping, the chiro said to expect her to be fussy, gassy, pukey, etc. tonight and tomorrow morning, but so far she’s just sleeping. She also told me that she knows a good craniosacral therapist if the chiro doesn’t work.

Last night for dinner I had some turkey soup. It’s awfully good to have something a little different when you eat the same thing over and over again. I’ve had suggestions to make shepherd’s pie, turkey burgers, kebobs, and more, but I think to do the burgers I’d have to have the turkey ground for me at the store, as the preground stuff is seasoned with rosemary and something else.

Still on the diet..

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

Mon. 5/2
Last night Ryan made pizza for dinner. Big gooey hot cheese oozing veggie and processed meat pizza. And then he ate it in front of me. I had some more turkey (you’re shocked, aren’t you?), fried up some taters, and had a pear too.

Lauren still has diaper rash, but it’s “changing” as Ryan says, it’s not in the same spots. Still looks uncomfortable but she’s not complaining about it.

Breakfast today was a bowl of puffed millet with rice milk, and some apple juice. I haven’t planned out the rest of the day yet, but we’re 1/2 way through the first week, and I’m not going crazy yet!

Lunch was turkey, sweet potato fries, and a pear. I should be drinking more water.

I’ve also been doing a lot of research, reading other mom’s stories and such, and it seems that sunflower and safflower seed oil is ok too. Sunflower seeds are on the short list of foods that I can add soon, so I’m going to take the plunge and try some now. You can get potato chips that are fried in safflower oil and flavored with sea salt at the HFS.

Lauren’s gallery

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

Lauren has a photo album, you can see it here: Lauren’s Pics

I’m on an Elimination Diet

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

Lauren has reflux. She cries and hurts a lot. We already know that when I eat any dairy or soy containing foods that she gets upset, a bad diaper rash, and is generally cranky for more than several hours. So the pediatrician started her on Pepcid, which seemed to help for 3 weeks and then things got crazy again. By crazy I mean she wasn’t taking any naps all day, wanted to nurse constantly, and would fight sleep. And she was just cranky all the time.

She weighs about 14.5 lbs, is nearly 26″ long, and tales .8 ml of Pepcid suspension twice a day.

SO, I started the “Total Elimination Diet” on Thursday. Using this plan I’ve gone to a basic diet of turkey (I don’t like lamb), rice, potatoes, millet, pears, apples, and squash. I added apples because some of the elimination diets use chicken instead of turkey and apples as well. I figure if some of them do it, it is probably safe. And I needed a little more variety in my life.

So here’s a little recap of the last few days.

Weds. 4/27
My last day eating “normal” food. I had several pieces of farble mudge cake, went out for lunch to Brueggers, and generally stuffed myself silly, I even had breakfast for dinner (a big sausage omlette). I also did some grocery shopping. Found a lambsteak and some organic free range turkey at Heinens, millet and puffed cereal at Web of Life, and plotted my meals for Thursday.

Thurs. 4/28
We all slept in until 9am. Amazing. Gave Lauren her meds, and got up for breakfast.

Breakfast today was a real gourmet treat. Puffed millet and rice milk cereal (cold, but I understand you can heat it and make a porridge), a pear and a big glass of water.

Puffed millet is a lot like eating rice krispies without the sugar. And they have serious static issues. Like packing peanuts. Just teeny tiny packing peanuts. I also put the turkey in the oven, with only salt and pepper to season it. I let it bake FOREVER. Or almost 3 hours. Just in time for lunch.

Lunch was a nice big piece of turkey and 1/2 a large sweet potato. Ryan split it with me, and I put a little salt on it. Not bad. I could stand to eat more sweet potatoes. I tossed the carcass back into the pot and made some turkey stock. Not sure if I’m going to like turkey soup, but we’ll find out!

Dinner. Ugh, dinner. Well the plan was for a nice lambsteak broiled and tasty. But when I took the lamb out of the oven, the smell made me gag. So I offered it to Ryan, he likes to eat all kinds of things that I don’t like. I snacked on a pear and some puffed rice (again, a lot like rice krispies but without all the sugar and fun noises) and a big glass of water. Ryan tried the lamb. He ate one bite and said “it’s not so bad” and then on the second bite said “it needs something” and finally tried a few more bites with some dressing or sauce or something and decided he couldn’t eat it anymore. Guess it’s just turkey for me.

I nibbled on cold turkey and called it a night. And I had the WORST headache ever. I think it was from the lack of crappy carbs, like people who do Atkins diet frequenty report during the first days. Nothing sounded better than a big slice of bread.

Fri. 4/29
Breakfast was puffed rice and rice milk. Pretty bland, but ok. The rice milk is a little sweet, so it helps.

Lunch was a glass of pear juice, a golden delicious apple, some cold turkey and rice cakes. Not too bad. I do like turkey.

Lauren took a nap so I ran out to do some grocery shopping. I got some millet flour, vanilla ricecream, and rice flour at Nature’s Bin, and more pears, and some more turkey from Heinens.

For dinner I made Ryan a batch of chicken flavored in a bunch of different ways, I figure he can eat these for lunch and dinner the next few days. I had a pear, 1/2 of another sweet potato, and the rest of the turkey. I put mashed sweet potato on my rice cakes as a spread, not a great thing, but something different.

My parents came over to visit tonight, and Lauren was VERY happy. She was content to be held for a long time, talked to my mom, laughed some, smiled a lot, and generally didn’t fuss. I also think she’s spaced out her meals a bit since the pepcid dose went up last weekend, and she seemed more interested in socializing with my parents than nursing.

I still have a little bit of a headache, but it’s not like last night.

Sat. 4/30
Breakfast today was puffed millet and rice milk.

Mid morning I had a granny smith apple and a glass of organic apple juice (next to the orange juice at Tops). Ryan put another turkey in to roast for lunch. And then he made banana bread. Mmmmm smelled so good!

Lunch was some turkey, spaghetti squash, a big glass of water, and hashbrowns! I skimmed some of the fat off the top of the turkey stock and used it to fry a shredded potato. Some salt and YUM, they were crispy and yummy. I think I could eat turkey and hashbrowns every day.

Afternoon snack of rice cakes and a pear.

Dinner was cold turkey and cold spaghetti squash, I was just feeling to lazy to reheat it, and a hot baked potato. Amazing how only salt and pepper can season a meal.

I asked Ryan if he thought Lauren was happier or not. He says he hasn’t noticed a change, but I think I have. I’m sure some of it is developmental (she’s laughing now), but I think some of it might be related to the lack of some food in my diet. She’s still nursing a lot, but taking longer breaks between, she’s content to sit in the bouncy seat and Ryan’s been watching TV with her (ack!) and she likes to watch people shows (cooking shows, not cartoons), and she’s a lot more talkative. She’s been making spit bubbles and trying to raspberry, and drools like mad. He also doesn’t spend as much of the day with her as I do, I think she’s been easier to nurse to sleep (although she still wakes fairly quickly) and is a little less fussy.

Although the fussy can be argued. Lauren and I took a bath last night and she was splashing and having a great time, and started to get fussy so I asked Ryan to take her and get her dry and dressed while I climbed out of the tub. He had to go wash his hands and take of his coat and who knows what else, but whatever it was, it took too long. She was pretty angry by the time he got back to get her, and it only got worse from there. He got the diaper on and she was shrieking. I took her and nursed her and she calmed down, but wow, I’ve only heard that kind of pain noise from her a few times. It was louder even than Ryan could yell. She fussed on and off all evening and was pretty tired too, she didn’t nap very well in the afternoon. Ryan ended up rocking her to sleep while I put the sheets on the bed, she nursed and fell asleep pretty quickly.

Sun. 5/1
Well she nursed and pottied at 2 and 6, and slept until just after 9. I had puffed millet and rice milk for breakfast and a granny smith apple. She nursed again at 10, and is currently hanging out on the changing table talking to the walls and the mobile. I think I might make some soup for lunch today, I have rice noodles (brand name “Notta Pasta”), and if I toss in a little turkey and some cubed potatoes, that might be a decent bowl of something.

The soup was pretty good. Chopped up a baked potato, some turkey, threw it in the broth with some rice noodles and a bunch of salt, almost as good as my chicken soup is.

Ryan’s being so supportive. He’s walking around eating M&Ms, this morning he made bacon and sweetly asked, “Honey, do you want some bacon for breakfast?” Aaaaaargggggh!
More to come, this is going to be an adventure.