Well, I have officially rounded the bend of two weeks being dairy free. Our pediatrician says that it takes at least this long for the cow's milk proteins to get out of my tissues. Now for the next two weeks, we monitor Ben's behavior to see if the elimation diet has made any difference.
So what have I noticed?
This past week, it's like I have an entirely different baby. A baby that I actually enjoy being around, and believe it or not, I miss him when he goes to sleep. Ben has been a fussy, fussy baby since his 2nd day of life. It was downright exhausting most days. If he wasn't sleeping, he was crying or fussing and nothing could make him happy. Getting him to sleep was a battle most of the time too. You can imagine how frazzled and helpless I felt at the end of each day. But now? He's smiling this HUGE smiles that engulf his whole face. He's content to sit by himself in his bouncy seat and stare at the monkeys hanging from the bar in front of him. He kicks his legs and throws his arms out at the same time, thoroughly entertaining himself. He's chatting up a storm, filling our house will coos, gurgles, and loud shrieks. And he rarely fusses at all. He's happy to just stare at whatever is around him, taking it all in. It is amazing. And dare I say, EASY?
Yesterday we had him out and about all day long and he barely napped. I thought for sure that he was going to have a meltdown of epic proportions. But he didn't. He was just hanging out, quiet as can be. Several people even said he was such a "chill" baby. It's borderline weird to hear someone say that given the struggles we encountered during his first 10 weeks of life.
It's exhilarating though. I feel like a whole new woman. I can leave the house without worrying about whether or not he'll tolerate it! As far as my limited diet goes, I had a hard time at the beginning. I felt like I was starving to death the first couple of days. It was frustrating because it was like starting all over from the beginning. What unassuming products have dairy? What can I eat? How can I go on living without chocolate and ice cream, and most importantly, chocolate ice cream? But luckily with this elimination, I knew what to expect. I knew the first few days were the hardest. And I knew that loading up my house with several options of safe foods would be the key to my survival and sanity. And even luckier this time around, Udi's products already exist and are all dairy free as well! Best news of my life!
So I'm putting this elimination diet is the WIN category. I'm glad we figured this out. And I'm glad I already had experience being on a restricted diet because it really made for a smooth transition. Being GF/DF isn't the end of the world. Besides, if it wasn't for this little experiment I wouldn't have discovered my new favorite food: STRAWBERRY SORBET!! *dies*