If you’ve been reading my blog for the last couple of weeks, you know we’ve not been sleeping much. Ailey wakes up every 1.5 – 2 hours and I average about 4 hours of shut-eye myself. The lack of sleep has made me forgetful, cranky, moody, and miserable. Ailey doesn’t seem bothered by it much during the day, only at night does her constant smile turn upside down.
She sometimes cries inconsolably as if in pain and other wake ups she just wants to be held. I’ve tried Colic Calm and Gripe Water for her belly, Tylenol for teething, and stick to a routine bedtime schedule. She hasn’t had solids in over a week, for the fear that maybe her belly isn’t ready. We have done a bottle of breastmilk at night in case she is just hungry and I’m not producing enough filling milk. We’ve ruled out reflux and have Zantac just in case. Nothing has worked.
SO, I broke down and took her to the doctor’s yesterday to rule out a second ear infection … and ask for help. The pediatrician examined our little cherub and said she looks perfect – but went through a series of possible reasons for her sleeplessness. The extent of her gassiness and slimy diaper explosion every morning at 9 am seemed to trigger an idea: what if Ailey is not only intolerant to dairy, but also soy? What if her eczema and constant scratching are a sign that something else I’m eating is bothering her belly?
So here we are, Day 1, of dairy free soy free living. I discovered I can’t eat half of my pantry already and will be going to Sprouts this afternoon. My friends say the Whole 30/Paleo diets are dairy free and soy free, but unfortunately, a lot of vegetables make my IBS worse. This will be an adventure… all in the name of the cutest baby around: Ailey.