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The Great Diet Shake Up (Weekend Catch Up 3/5)

It is time for the Weekend Catch Up! Today’s Feature? The Great Diet Shake Up. And a few other things to discuss!

Since I know that most people are going to be looking for the GDSU, I am going to go through a few other things first.

Weekend Catch Up 3/5

1) Alex FINALLY had a weekend off, so we tried to make the most of it by taking Ridley (who was on something akin to speed, crack, or goofy juice) to Wiggly to let her raise hell. I wore the peanut (who was dressed in her penguin suit), and then later we met for groceries. Emmie did great and slept the whole way through! 

She got hers back the next day, though, and unfortunately, Alex had to deal with that, by and large. 

That afternoon, I went to FlyBarre (part of the Flywheel studio), and while I thought the class was pretty good and the instructor was fantastic, I just felt like I wasn’t ready for it. Weights make you work a certain way that you can’t really deny or resist. A barre class makes you work hard in a different way–it is a very mindful and focused tension that then increases your strength and makes those muscles shake. And I just felt like I couldn’t get low enough, focus on keeping my core engaged, etc. It is something that I would like to revisit later to see my progress, but for now,  I think I need to wait.

I returned to a kiddo having a meltdown and a husband needing a break, especially because UVA was playing.

Tarascas and a shared giant marg were needed, but honestly, more just for fun then because Emmie overwhelmed us. I’m getting to the point where I just roll with it.

2) Sunday started off fine,–I got enough sleep, Emmie seemed to be cruising–but she lost her marbles when I left to walk Ridley. I got things under control (the boob works) and  left for my yoga class. Another gorgeous morning to be outside! The yoga class was the same as the weekend before, but the teacher was different, nd boy, what a difference that made. If you take Pre/Post Natal Yoga at Yogaview, try to take from AMY. She is amazing, and worth the wait.

I got Whole Foods salad bar on the way home a) because it is delicious and makes it easy to accomodate my new diet (to be discussed) and b) the Nugs (nugget) was melting own and had been doing so for about 45 minutes… sometimes, you need mom (or the boob). Seeing a theme here? 

No mas cupcakes

3) Except, well, the boob is also part of the problem. I mentioned on Friday that I thought that Emmie was having some acid reflux problems (well, that the doctor had said so and I agreed, but that we would likely be needing to do something about it in the near future. Thursday night, Emmie had a really rough go of it. She had a fine feeding the first time, but her second feeding was just full of back arching (indicating pain) and popping off my chest during feeding and screaming, as well as latching an unlatching. She had gone from 2-3 dirty diapers a day earlier in the week to 6-7 a day by the end, and all of those signals, plus the change in her cry and the fact that it wasn’t relegated to just one time of day (like the witching hour) told me we were dealing with something greater.

Because her doctors had said to call if there was an escalation in her symptoms, or that the mechanical treatment of her acid reflux wasn’t helping, I called, and we were able to get an appointment for her later that day.

She fills out her suit now!

I took in a dirty diaper so that they could test for microscopic blood (which would indicate digestive inflammation), and it tested positive. Luckily, she was still gaining weight, so she isn’t in danger there. But all other signs point to a Milk Protein Intolerance.

The fix? 

4) A Dairy Free Diet for Mom. That’s right, folks, I’m giving up all dairy in my diet while breastfeeding her. That means no Greek Yogurt, English muffins, toast, butter, beer cheese, string cheese, pizza, nachos, chocolate, cookies…. basically, my diet. And no more eating Alex’s food, by and large (the most tragic of all).

Don’t worry, I’m already buying #allthedairyfreechocolate.

I knew something was up, and I am glad that I was able to watch her and also that I followed my intuition. Also Tthe he fact that I, my brother, and my mom all had the same intolerance as infants… !

But I can have sushi!

Alex feels really sorry for me, but honestly, if it helps her be more comfortable, I couldn’t give flip. Helping her will be the greatest benefit, but really? Everyone benefits from this: the dog (who will be able to go outside more and play more and not be driven crazy). Alex (who will be able to sleep better and might not think that the child hates him), me (sleep as well as being more productive). Plus, it should make her acid reflux better as well.

Giving up dairy doesn’t seem to be a big deal in that light.

If this is what we are dealing with, we should start seeing improvement today (today being 3 ish days later), and the blood should be gone from her system in two weeks, with a healed gut in 2ish months. And she should have grown out of it by 9-12 months!

And hey, I still get to have all the chips, fries, salads, and dark chocolate (well, if I know it is dairy free) that I want 😀

If it doesn’t help, we will also remove soy from my diet, and just keep eliminating things or run further tests. 

5) Just for funsies, this is Ridley’s new fave way to sleep on the couch.

She thinks/knows she is a humans. Yes, the s is necessary.

Today, I have Remicade and Emmie has an ultrasound to see if she has tethered spine. She has an asymmetrical gluteal fold (basically, her bum crack doesn’t look like a capital Y but rather a lowercase y, and that can indicate that something is up at the base of her spine. It is rare, but we want to make sure!

Alex is working nonstop until next Friday. He had call last night and then will be on call this weekend. And likely another call thrown in there. So I won’t be taking a class this weekend, but that is ok–I am trying to do Sun A and Sun B flows every morning and walk throughout the day, So I know I will stay active!

Would you be all that cut up about giving up a part of your diet?

Help me not be so focused on me!! Tell me what’s up with you!!

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  • Reply Emily

    A moms gotta do what a moms gotta do, hope she is feeling better with a dairy free diet and the ultrasound shows everything is perfect.

    March 5, 2018 at 5:26 am
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    I was dairy free with my older son and dairy/soy/nut/legume/egg (pretty much all food) free with my second. I am dairy free for the most part now because it turns out I actually have sensitivities to it as well. If you ever need food suggestions, I have some amazing dairy free cake recipes and various other products I love. The only thing I’ve never found is a decent cheese substitute, but now that my actions only affect me, I sometimes cheat. Hope this helps her feel better!

    March 5, 2018 at 5:45 am
  • Reply Jill

    Aww poor Emmie and Mommy. Your instincts are so spot on with her – you knew something more was up with her tummy issues. The dairy thing is becoming more common for some reason. I know several women, including my sister, who have had to eliminate it while breastfeeding. If you need any suggestions for dairy free living hit me up! I’m no lactose for life over here :/ You can really tell she’s growing – she looks so much bigger from the first photos you shared!! Love to baby and momma ❤️❤️❤️

    March 5, 2018 at 5:45 am
  • Reply Amy

    So my son had this sensitivity to the dairy/soy protein. I went through weeks of agony removing one and then the other.Then saw a GI ped person who said silly mom you have to remove both. Within 3 days he was sleeping sooo much better. Good luck.

    PS. I would do both now not later but that’s just me.

    March 5, 2018 at 5:46 am
    • Reply Kristy

      I agree. My son had a milk protein sensitivity and I was told that it was extremely likely that soy would be an issue too.

      March 5, 2018 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply Celia

    So sorry to hear about this struggle but glad you figured it out! She is so sweet!

    March 5, 2018 at 5:49 am
  • Reply Jess

    Oh man. The things we give up for our babies! Way to go mommy by following your instincts. Anytime I eat nut butter she seems to be way more fussy. Otherwise she seems content. Except at night. I don’t produce a whole lot by evening and she wants to eat every hour. So we actually started giving her two ounces of formula before bed after her last nursing session and she goes straight to sleep. Since this will be my first day back to ‘work’ (I’m working online and have my bootcamp starting this evening. I’m so nervous. I can barely perform a perfect squat myself right now…fake it till you make it.) I’m praying I’m pumping as much as I can but have a feeling we may end up using formula soon. :-/ I have a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding. I love the bonding. For sure! But hate that I can drink copious amounts of coffee and eat all.the.nut butter. BUT. I do love my Ruby. So I’ll continue to do my best! Running hasn’t seemed to bother my milk supply either. So as long as I continue to drink my 500000 gallons of water. Ha!! Hope her spine turns out a-ok!

    March 5, 2018 at 6:00 am
  • Reply Erica A.

    There are so many good dairy alternatives now – try Forager Cashew Yogurt and Kite Hill almond cream cheese for starters! Plus I just discovered Cado Avocado “ice cream.” All super yum!

    March 5, 2018 at 6:05 am
  • Reply Wendy

    Colic and MPI is the worst! I often have parents give a probiotic too– BioGaia is a good one as is Gerber Soothe. 5 drops once/day should help get her GI tract back on track.

    You’re doing great!

    March 5, 2018 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Linda from Veganosity

    I’m so happy the doctor’s figured out what’s wrong with sweet Emmie. Go to Whole Foods and buy Tree Line, Miyoko’s, and Kite Hill cashew cheese. There are lots of different types and they’re delicious. My dairy eating friends love them! Kite Hill also makes delicious yogurt and cream cheese, all dairy free. Earth Balance vegan butter is great for your cookie making needs. You may never go back to eating dairy once you try these brands. Oh, I almost forgot, So Delicious cashew based ice cream is the B.O.M.B! xoxo

    March 5, 2018 at 6:44 am
  • Reply Jennifer ( Fit Nana)

    Giving up dairy does suck but a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do! I’m glad you guys were able to figure it out so quickly rather than continue to struggle with it! My newest grandbaby has been struggling with reflux and they think they finally have it figured out. He was over yesterday and was much happier and even smiled a whole bunch!

    Parenting is tough stuff, especially when the person you’re parenting doesn’t use words to speak. You’re doing a great job!! <3

    March 5, 2018 at 6:51 am
  • Reply Lindsay

    Wow! Suzy I would really struggle with giving up dairy. I mean I don’t eat a ton of dairy intentionally but it’s just in a lot of food. But I know that if my child (I don’t have any, yet) was struggling I might consider giving up those foods but with a history of disordered eating I’m more cautious and I also know that formula is always a good option in these cases.
    Off my soap box now…. this weekend was crazy for me but with so much beautiful weather in Illinois it was so hard to stay inside my training group friends and I took advantage and did all the workouts! So much fun.

    March 5, 2018 at 7:26 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Oh man! What a bummer! I’m so glad you figured out what was going on so quickly though. Luckily there are so many fabulous dairy-free recipes these days.
    She is such a doll!

    March 5, 2018 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Alicia

    You can make vegan cookies for your dairy free diet. I actually have gone mostly dairy free myself. I’m not super picky about it when I am out, but I know that dairy and me don’t get along well. I actually had some mac and cheese that had cheese, yogurt and milk in it on Saturday and I just had a little bit and well it must have been digesting around 3am when I woke up feeling so sick to my stomach and with a headache so that wasn’t fun. I hope that with your new diet Emmie will feel much better. Always good to have a happy baby. On another note, I got a partial snow day on Friday and a state of emergency was called (the only time my company will close). I think we got like 15 inches at my house. I’m hoping spring is still around the corner though.

    March 5, 2018 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Maureen

    I hope removing dairy does the trick for Emmie! Your attitude about it is awesome as well. A few months without dairy is worth it if Emmie is better and everyone can sleep more.

    What’s new with me…I miscalculated how many eggs to buy this weekend at the store and we will run out midweek. The only day I can easily go (i.e go right from work instead of having to put real clothes on post runs at night) is Wednesday. Guess what is going to happen on Wednesday – a nor’easter! The last time my car was being blown around, trees were falling and cops had to direct traffic since the lights weren’t working. So we either won’t have eggs or I’ll be a crazy person on Wednesday going shopping in a storm.

    March 5, 2018 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Rae

    I admire your fortitude in the face of this great dietary test. I’m not sure I could live without dairy. Although, I guess if Baby Girl needed me too, I’d struggle through somehow… Anyway, I hope that Emmie is feeling better very soon, and that you all get some sleep 🙂

    March 5, 2018 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Jamie

    I feel you on the no dairy. I had to do that for Charlie and the twins. Luckily there’s a gazillion no dairy options now.

    March 5, 2018 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Cora

    Wow so much you’ve learned recently. But I totally agree (though that’s easy to say from someone who doesn’t have to give up cheese) that the overlying need and improvement that you’ll see from eliminating part of your diet is going to far outweigh the cheese-less struggles. You can do it. There’s always Daiya and cashew ice cream right!? And yes, sushi. Thank god. I do hope all gets sorted out with little Emmie!!

    March 5, 2018 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Glad you figured out why Emmie was unhappy – worth giving up the dairy, for sure. And for nachos, look up America’s Test Kitchen vegan nacho dip. So good, I promise.

    March 5, 2018 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Laura

    I am glad you figured out what was wrong! Giving up dairy will be hard but so worth it – and really, 9-12 months isn’t too long (compared to never having pizza again!). I’ve seen some plant-based Greek-style yogurts from Ripple that look intriguing.
    Ollie sleeps just like that on the sofa – cattle dogs love nesting!

    March 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    I hope that the diet changes make a big difference for baby Emmie. Our daughter had reflux and colic and you just feel so bad for them, she was obviously so uncomfortable. Luckily they usually outgrow it pretty quickly and now I have a happy toddler who eats tons of different foods. Good luck with her ultrasound too!

    March 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Kat

    My sister actually had to go dairy free with BOTH of her boys. They both had severe issue with dairy. They would either be crying hysterically or burping up / puking a lot – poor things. Glad to hear that you’ve got it all figured out for Emmie though! Hopefully this is an easy fix and she will be feeling good as new soon. Also, as someone who has ditched the dairy in order to help my hormones I can 100% confess that cheese is the HARDEST thing for me. I literally crave nachos on the daily. Thankfully Daiya is a pretty good sub!

    March 5, 2018 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    Well I’m glad you got answers! I’ve got lots of dairy free goodies for you. And gosh darn emmie is adorable

    March 5, 2018 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Allie

    I feel your pain woman! We nicknamed Miles “pukas” when he was a newborn for obvious reasons and then discovered his dairy intolerance. This is the beginning of what you will now do for the rest of your life – sacrifice your needs for your child’s 🙂 I know I do it happily!!
    PS – Love getting my Emmie fix on social media every day! She could not be any cuter!!!

    March 6, 2018 at 4:50 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    My daughter had colic and reflux. We tried changing everything and even used all kinds of special formulas but nothing helped. Sometimes you just have to let them grow out of it. Long days short years! She is a super cutie though

    March 6, 2018 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Katie

    Having food allergies, I’ve really embraced giving up food groups because not eating them makes me feel SO much better. With that said, if you get a craving for pizza, Daiya brand makes a dairy free & gluten free frozen pizza that fills my cravings!

    March 6, 2018 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Oh, having an upset baby is so hard!! My first was very fussy and gassy for the first 3 months, thankfully she hit the 3 month mark and it magically disappeared. Hope the dietary changes do the trick asap!

    March 7, 2018 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Poor little darling! Hopefully miss Emmie is feeling much much better soon ❤️

    March 8, 2018 at 1:58 am
  • Reply San

    Oh goodness, you have to give up dairy!?? The things we’d do for our kids, am I right? (Says the non-mom of the two of us LOL) Hope Emmie is feeling better.

    March 14, 2018 at 3:38 pm
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