Well, my “vacation” is over and I’m back at work. That means I have time to post again. Ha! Don’t tell my boss. I started back at work on Monday and I consider it a success because I didn’t cry at all. Of course, that could be because I asked for updates all day and I was distracted by all the catching up that needed to be done. Hopefully work continues to stay steady so I don’t have time to brood.
I realize that I didn’t post at all on my maternity leave and the only way to stay connected was through Instagram and even then I was told I wasn’t posting enough pictures of John. I will try to rectify this and at the same time post on my website because sometimes pictures just don’t express enough!
Today’s topic – food of course! In order to spare Baby JB tummy aches and skin rashes sacrifices had to be made. This will be proof positive how much I love Baby JB because it actually hasn’t felt like a sacrifice!
- First things eliminated were the standard foods: onions, garlic, tomatoes, citrus, cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers/pickles, chocolate & peanuts
- Good-bye wheat and hello Gluten Free – this wasn’t too difficult since JB has been gluten free for several months. It just meant no sneaking out for donuts and laying off the sandwiches. After giving gluten up there was improvement but he was still having tummy issues.
- Dairy Free – No butter?? No heavy cream?? No cheese?? Mentally giving up these things was easy but practically it was more difficult. So many recipes call for one of these things! Thank goodness for Crisco and soy ice cream. There is no work around for cheese though. I tried fake cheese and it was inedible. Seriously. Anyone who says it is good it is because they haven’t had real cheese in so long that they’ve forgotten what it should taste like. There was significant improvement after giving up dairy. His tummy trouble was over but he would still break out in a rash.
- So long corn! This was hard. Corn is in everything! All the Gluten Free snacks had corn and I was pretty sad to give up cornbread. This cleared up the lingering rash though!
What’s left to eat you ask? Meat, potatoes, rice and salad (as long as you only like leaves, carrots and celery). Ha! That makes it sound like I’m really suffering but actually with a little thought into meal planning you can eat all kinds of things. Here a few of the meals we had this week:
- Grilled chicken, spaghetti squash & GF noodles
- Steak, rice & salad
- Grilled salmon, potatoes & steamed carrots
- Honey glazed pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes & asparagus
Snacks are a little challenging but I can eat all kinds of fruit and I can still have plain potato chips so all is not lost! Besides, look at all this cuteness!! How could I begrudge him anything???