This little bean is 5 weeks old now, and while he is pretty much a good baby, he is a SUPER up-chucker.
After lots of reading and research and trial and error I believe that his constant puking is a reaction to something in my diet, and when I eat no wheat or dairy products there seems to be an immediate improvement. So as of a couple days ago I became a no gluten, no dairy kind of girl. That pretty much eliminates all good things that I want to eat during the holiday season with my breastfeeding munchies. Dang. As far as the evening happy hour goes--I think he is just trying to shut himself down for the night. Sadie went through a similar spell. We are all just praying he grows out of it and in the meantime are reciting the age old parenting mantra, "this too shall pass."
Other than that, Eli is a happy, sweet baby during the day, and a pretty good sleeper at night. So we are fortunate. I don't feel wrecked for sleep like I did the first time around, but between Sadie and my pregnancy with Eli I haven't had an uninterrupted night's sleep in two years, so I'm groovy with nightwakings now. For those of you who are wondering...life with two children is even more awesome and simultaneously terrifying than life with one. Between packing and Sadie's new favorite activity of taking everything out and putting it to some imaginary use and then leaving it in a totally different part of the house we are living in a disaster area.
Also, I have been trying to cook good, wholesome food for our family and figure out ways to keep this gluten/dairy free thing real while providing adequate nourishment for the two-year-old. I'm not trying to toot my own horn here, but I'm a fairly decent cook. Regardless, some days I can't seem to get Sadie (who has always been an excellent and adventurous eater) to try anything. And then I will catch her eating a dog biscuit. WTF? She would be one happy girl if I just served her up a dog treat with a side of butter, because that is the other thing she is always trying to sneak out of the kitchen. Just when I'm about to lose faith, the kid surprises me, by ravenously devouring everything on her plate... like tonight:
The 3 ingredient maple pumpkin souffles I made yesterday: