Tuesday, December 2, 2008
So tonight my precious 4 yr old little guy said too me "How about McDonald's Monny?" (no that's not a typo, he calls me Monny). To which I had to reply, "Sorry Bud, you can't have that." I've posted before about Carter's "crazy" as we call it. He is a "late talker" which has come with a slew of other delays. He is making great progress in school especially since we started his Gluten Free/Casein Free diet in October. Since he can't have wheat or dairy, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, we have to pay very close attention to labels. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how many food choices are available...if you are willing to pay for them. Almost everything has a GFCF substitute...except Mac & Cheese. We will be trying out a recipe later in the week, but I am not holding my breath. Our doctor says to keep him on the diet for at least 9 months to see the full benefits of the removal of the gluten. The experts say it takes 8 months for all the gluten to be gone. The leaps and bounds we have seen in his development thus far have been from the removal of the dairy. He is so much less crazy now and much more "normal". He had a HUGE language burst after the removal of dairy as well. I think dairy is the main culprit for him, but I want to wait out the removal of gluten to be sure. Anyhow, the question no one can answer for me is...what do we do when the 9 months is up? Can he start eating "normally" again? Will his gut have healed itself? Will he always be on a modified version of this? How do I modify it? Will he ever be able to eat Chuck E. Cheese pizza, Kraft Mac & Cheese, PinkBerry, or a Happy Meal again? What kind of magical childhood is that??? All of this to say, I will continue to seek the Lord for wisdom and guidance and pray there is a Mommy & Carter PinkBerry date in our very near future.