Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gluten Free

yep.  We're joining the ranks of the gluten free.  Well, Munchkin is.  She's had diarrhea for about a year now.  It just kept becoming more and more often until it was an everyday occurrence.  So a few months ago I weighed her and found she'd only gained a pound the whole year.  Her doc recommended a gastroenterologist and also an allergist.  I cannot believe how many tests they ran and of course all of them came back normal.  He was a lot more concerned about her growth and said her numbers were close to celiac, but not quite there.  Both he and the allergist recommended a food elimination diet.
AGAIN!?  I have had to do that with all my kids now!  So I put it off until now.  I had enough people tell me about false negative celiac tests and I'm just so tired of the bathroom trips that I finally started it. Taking out dairy didn't seem to do much, but 4 days off gluten is showing improvement.  If the change doesn't last we try soy.  ugh!!  I just hope this also cures the eczema!  That'd be a win!
It's not as hard as I thought it would be, but it still sucks.  Sandwiches are my go to meal and she loves them.  For now it's turkey, cheese, and pickles wrapped in lettuce.
School was hard this week.  I think the upcoming holiday made us lazy.  But Jack did a cool report about cranberries today and is breezing through math.  He's been setting his alarm for 6:00 and doing his school work first thing in the morning so he'd be able to play the rest of the day.  I have no idea where he gets that from.  Today he announced he was going back to school is January.  I reminded him he'd have to walk in the snow and he changed it to April.  I told him he'd probably be halfway done with 3rd grade math by then and would get bored.  He asked if he could just go for recess then (he misses his friends).  I think it helped to have a friend over for 3 hours this afternoon.
Tumbleweed is...alive.  She's going through a growth spurt and pretty much cries all day.  She's like a colicky 18 month old.  That's right!  18 months tomorrow!  I could gripe and whine about how she wants to nurse all the time and drives us all crazy, but I'd rather tell you how she dances whenever I play the piano and sings too.  It's a soft "la la la" and I'm pretty sure it's how angels in heaven sing.  She keeps outgrowing her clothes and is catching up to her sister.  Someone make her stop.  I cry a little every time I have to put a favorite dress away.
Friday I'm laying flooring for a neighbor.  There's a lot of emotions about it and I wish the internet was smaller so I could tell you all about it.  But it's not.  So I wont.  But I will say, there's a line between being charitable and being exploited.
I NEED to do a chicken post.  Let you all learn from my, uh, learning experiences.  Meanwhile I hope everyone has a marvelous Thanksgiving and a lovely Buy Nothing Day :)


  1. Buy Nothing Day :-) I like that.

    I really hope the gluten free works! I hope you feel the love from NC.


  2. I would think gluten free is a little easier than soy free. But I think dairy free is the easiest. Minus the cheese factor. I sure do love my cheese!

    PS You are a good person for laying the floor. My email box is very small compared to the internet, so I'd love to hear about it. ;)