May 13, 2009

How do I live?

We came home from the pediatrician's office this afternoon with some sad, sad news. Dr. thinks Screaming baby's grumpiness may be a milk allergy. Translation: Mama has to go off dairy completely for a week.

Let me give you a little peek into my refrigerator: I have 9 different kinds of cheese in there, right now. Nine. Cheese goes on just about everything in this house. I buy 4 gallons of milk every week. Two of those gallons are for me. Yogurt is a very common breakfast food. Sour cream goes atop every Mexican dish I make. Carrots do not enter this mouth with out first being dipped in some form of dressing.

You see why I am in mourning?

Plus, I can't eat chocolate without a glass of milk to go along with it! Wait. . . does chocolate count as dairy? *wail*

Pray for me, my friends. I may very well starve to death this week. . .

And pray even harder that screaming baby does not have a milk allergy. Because then this will continue for the next 6 months.

19 comments:

wonder woman said...

I don't think chocolate counts as a dairy.

And just look at this as ajump start to you diet!

No? Not working? I'm sorry, dear friend. This is not the first time you've spoken of your love for cheese. My thoughts are with you. Ü

Kristina P. said...

Oh no! No cheese or ice cream?

Erin said...

Oh honey. I did exactly this with Aidan four years ago. Three weeks old, he had blood in his diaper. They diagnosed a milk protein allergy (including anything that has casein or whey in the ingredients - no taco seasoning, no buttermilk pancakes, nothing) for six months. I did it. I cried every day for six months. I lost my baby weight in record time. In fact, I weighed less than I have ever weighed when he was about three months old. I have been there, I know how it is! I hope you only have to go a week and find out that it's okay.

If you have to do it for six months, e-mail me and I'll give you tips (you can buy Western Family brand cocoa powder, and on the back of the container there is a recipe for chocolate brownies you can make. You have to use a special brand of margarine that doesn't have milk in it, but they taste delicious. Believe me, once I found the recipe I made a batch every.single.day.)

Heidi Ashworth said...

Time for a bottle. (How rude am I?)Whoa! The word verifier word is "fluent". Wow!

Melinda said...

Oh MAN! I love milk too--SO MUCH! I'm so sorry, I wish there was something I could do! :(

Carolyn said...

Please, please, please try goat milk. It is so good. I can find you a place to get it in Utah.

I went through 2 years of unhappy. Now my baby is regular! Overnight.

You don't have to give up milk. But if you do. I did milk-free, wheat-free for 10 months for my son Wyatt who is autistic. It was tough but doable.

I have a cook book I could send you.

But, try the goat.

Mallory said...

Yikes! I'm a big cheese person, too. That is sad. I hope it that the screaming is due to something else!

Amateur Steph said...

OH no! Good luck. I did Soy milk for awhile when we suspected an allergy. Umm, I might try the goat's milk. Soy was somewhat nasty, but palatable over sugar sweetened cereals.

Debbie said...

In the words of a great comedian "And no more happiness!"

Good luck Rach. I will be thinking of you when I eat my cereal in the morning. (I'm sorry I'm trying to make you smile.)

Terresa said...

(moment of silence) Be strong. But know this...I would starve, too.

Good luck to you. I've never had a chocolate chip waffle without a huge glass of milk. I don't think I could do it. (sob)

Melissa Bastow said...

After the birth of our second I couldn't have milk, berries, chocolate, mexican, italian, salad dressing, or anything that had any flavor to it what so ever. That was the fastest baby weight I've ever lost.

janae said...

Welcome to my world! I've had to do this with all three kids. Mine usually develop the necessary enzymes to break down the milk protein by 6-7 months. You're not alone, believe me. I drink four gallons of milk a week, eat cheese with practically everything, down yogurt like there is no tomorrow, etc. too. It's hard. But it's worth it.

Yes, chocolate counts. As do all sorts of margarine and butter. Nucoa and Smart Balance Light don't have any milk proteins, though. Whey is a milk derivative, so look for that on food labels.

You have to check out this movie:

http://samueljanae.blogspot.com/2008/08/lay-off-dairy.html

And I have a list of some 50 recipes that don't use dairy. I'll email em to you if you want!

janae said...

By the way, you can't just go to formula, despite what people say. It's made with the milk proteins. I had a friend who couldn't nurse due to meds she was on, but had a baby who had a milk intolerance as well (technically it is not an allergy - if it was the kid would never outgrow it). The special formula she had to use for the baby cost $100 a WEEK. Yeah, swallow that one. It's worth cutting the dairy out of your diet.

Momza said...

Soy milk. There. They make soy-based formula for babies. And I love SILK--it even comes in chocolate.

heather said...

Hang in there!

janae said...

Okay, okay, I'm gonna stop. In case you were wondering, I'm planning on becoming a lactation specialist in milk intolerance. So this is kinda my thing. I've been thinking about this all morning since I read your post. Soy, by the way, may work, but often kids who have intolerance to milk also have intolerance to soy. So generally it doesn't work. Sorry. (Soy milk is disgusting anyway. At least I think so.) Okay, the reason I'm posting is cuz I was wondering if your baby could have a milk allergy. If he does he should break out in hives (mild or severe) after you drink large amounts of milk. And he'll probably wheeze when he breathes at the same times the hives come. Just FYI. I love you! You can do this - I know you can. It can be hard (and down right depressing sometimes!) but you can do it. I promise.

pan x 8 said...

I feel so bad for you because I love cheese and lately I've been using milk in my protein shakes. Gosh, I hope for your sake it's not milk allergies! Sheesh, what else could we live without!!

Hang in there!

Rachelle said...

oh my goodness. i would be so skinny if i couldn't eat dairy! ice cream, cheese... i'll eat extra just for you. :) good luck! at least it's not forever. ♥

SO said...

I would cry and cry. Cheese is one of the main food groups in this house.

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