Thursday, September 13, 2012

Diaper Rashes & Dinosaur Food

Wow, I have gone through a horrible battle with my baby regarding diaper rashes. I've only talked a little about it but it had gotten so bad that I was getting up every hour of the night to change her diapers. When I was nursing her I never had that issue.  Unfortunately, because I switched her to formula and also changed her brand of diapers at the same time, I didn't know the cause.  I wish I could have kept nursing but it just wasn't possible since I ran out of milk.  I tried eating more, which is why I gained weight.  I tried drinking tons of water and even took Fenugreek pills that lots of moms were telling me about.  Nothing worked and I hesitantly did what I always end up having to do.  I had to switch Juliet to formula.  Well, her bottom started to get really pink and it gradually got worse and worse.  Eventually I had to take her to the doctor and get a prescription.  When that didn't work I tried all the different brands of diapers, including switching to cloth,  then tried different formulas.  I've spent so much money buying one here and there, using it only one time and then having to find another.  Then I tried all the sensitive ones.  By now her bottom was bleeding and she was pooping almost every 15-20 minutes.  After being up with her all night to keep changing her after every poop, I had enough and was calling the doctor again.  That's just not right.  The nurse was perplexed since they originally said it couldn't have a link to the formula.  They called a meeting and then called me back to tell me to switch her to soy.  By now I've spent a lot of money on finding different brands of diapers, cloth diapers, switching formulas without even using most of it.  I had recently discovered a hidden shop inside of a church that is majorly discounted so I paid a visit and found 3 cans of soy formula and spent a total of $8.  That's my kind of deal!  Well, she no longer has a rash.  She's happy and mommy is happy having some sleep at night.  :)

Did I tell you I switched my family over to the Paleo diet?  Basically we are meat and vegetable eaters now.  I do have some compassion about it and haven't forcefully taken away all pastas.  My husband and kids are lovers of it.  However, I have GREATLY reduced it.  Last night I made homemade chicken noodle soup and it had mostly the meat and vegetables in it.  I personally didn't eat any noodles at all but I added a tiny bit for the ones that insist they have to have it.  I asked them for a compromise on it and told them I'd at least like to get them special noodles that are high in protein.  I hope to eventually win them all over.  :D  I feel fantastic and I don't have sugar crashes in the day from so many carbs. I will be making visits to meat markets and to the farmers markets on the weekends.  Should be fun.  ;D  Because of this new way of eating my couponing is definitely being cut in half.  Most of all coupons are about bad foods so I won't be couponing for food anymore, only for toiletries and stuff.

Yeah, I know.  I make everything hard in my life rather than taking the easy route.  Lots of kids, cloth diapers, chickens for fresh eggs, couponing for deals, healthy food planning and homemade meals every day.  It'd be so much easier to just go pick up a pizza.  But... it's a good life.  :)


Vals Soaps And More From Home said...

Good for you Virginia! My husband and I are following the same kind of eating plan. We feel great! And.... the weight comes off!

I also want to tell you that I used to watch your good friend Michelle when she was a little girl! Her mother, Margret was a good friend!

Love your blog! I have been following it awhile now, ever since you found mine about making homemade laundry soap. My old blog is deleted and I now have another blog started.

Have a great week!

Zion said...

Those are some pretty big changes all the way around! It think the more natural and less processed you can be with your eating, the better! Sorry about Juliet, I hope it clears up soon :(

BekLovesJeremy said...

I've had a couple of kids with dairy allergies. so NOT FUN!!!! but you can work with it, and it's not the end of the world. but yeah... there has been lots of tears and lots of frustration while trying to figure out WHAT the problem was. i was blessed with lots of milk... so I didn't have to try formula, but i ended up needing to be on a dairy free diet the whole time I nursed them which was quite the sacrifice. BUT i've become such a healthy eater through it, AND easily lose my baby weight when off of all dairy products. if you want to find out if she has other allergies, you can take her to an allergy doctor and get her tested. i love my allergy doctor. he's helped me so much!
blessings on your weekend. i love you blog! i'm a home schooling mom of four kids. my oldest is five and has aspergers. so i love reading about your life.

Virginia Revoir said...

Awww.... I wish I could nurse. It's free, it's better for them, and gentler on their tummy. Oh well. :( I tried everything and just couldn't feed her. It seems to get worse each time. I think the longest my milk lasted was 8 months and the shortest 3 months (with this baby).