Monday, February 4, 2013

Maybe It's Not Wheat

Eliminating wheat had an immediate, positive impact on Olivia's sleep.... for about a week. For the past week we have been back to waking up once an hour all night long. So the question is did I replace all that wheaty goodness in my diet with something else that is also problematic? I've been eating a lot of dairy lately, and when she was about three months old, too much milk in my diet made Olivia gassy. So I'm going dairy free for a few days, in addition to going gluten free. If this doesn't help fairly quickly (and from what I have read, even if dairy is the problem it can take weeks for it to work itself completely out of our systems) we will be going to the doctor. I hate to go that route, as I'm sure it will mean special trips to specialists and needles and needless worrying, but I'm in danger of falling apart from lack of sleep and need an answer, and the fact of the matter is there are so many things it could be - nuts, trace amounts of gluten, eggs, peanut butter, soy, and on and on. The breastfeeding-powers-that-be recommend an "elimination diet" of nothing but turkey, lamb, potatoes, rice, zucchini, and pear for TWO weeks, but that might make me more crazy than the lack of sleep.

So once again, here is a cute picture of Olivia.



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