Confession :: Miss A is not the happiest baby on the block.
In fact, I’d venture to guess she is one of the least happy babies in the Town.
I haven’t wanted to talk about it because somehow I feel like a failure. Isn’t that weird? I’m not sure where this idea that “good” parents have happy babies came from, but it seems engrained in our society (or in social media, at least). At this point, I haven’t done anything differently with her than I did with Reece. So, it’s time to start searching for answers.
I took Ainsley to our pediatrician this week for congestion and a super-snotty nose. Thankfully, the congestion was just that and not something serious. “Dr.Kim” was much more concerned about her fussiness. The first thing she asked was if I eat dairy. “Yes, of course, who doesn’t?” I thought. She had several suggestions, but she was adamant that cutting out dairy usually made the biggest difference for her patients. She isn’t concerned about a true allergy, but does think her immature digestive system may be unable to process dairy until baby girl is 4-6 months old. I am skeptical, but so desperate that I’d try just about anything.
To be honest, I thought this would be easy. We’re already an almond-milk only household. I don’t eat a ton of cheese or butter. I do love yogurt, but can easily give it up for a while.
Then, the other shoe dropped . . . Do you have any idea how much stuff has dairy in it?
Scrutinizing food labels for dairy has been an eye-opening experience. I got Dr. Kim’s dairy-free advice on Monday. Naturally, I had just stocked the fridge over the weekend, and I was too stubborn to pick up more food from the store. So, I’ve been “surviving” on oatmeal, graham crackers, peanut butter, and hummus.
I’m starving, cranky, bored, tired, and still skeptical, but hopeful. It will take at least 2-3 weeks before we know whether the absence of dairy makes a difference in Ainsley’s demeanor.
Until then, here’s to hoping I find more satisfying things to eat and this turns out to be more than just an educational exercise.