Friday, April 24, 2009

Fasting from Self


We always knew Abby was special, even when she was in my womb. We had no idea that she would have this. MPSI (Milk Soy Protein Intolerance)- the official diagnosis for Abby's allergy to dairy and soy proteins. Did you know that only 0.5-2% of all babies have a milk protein allergy? Only 50% of those have a soy protein allergy as well. Abby apparently is one of those rare children that has both.

It's been a long journey trying to figure out how to eat on this new diet and how to plan out enough calories and nutrients to keep my milk supply up and going for our very hungry little girl. Almost everything has either milk or soy in it- they are "hidden" on the labels under numerous names, such as sodium caseinate or lactoalbumin. They are there all of the same.

Eliminating both from my diet along with tomatoes has helped Abby's reflux and vomiting episodes tremendously. However, we relapsed the past few weeks, and I couldn't figure out why. Two days ago I discovered the culprit... oreos. I had misread the label and had thought they were milk-free. I was wrong. For the past few weeks, I have meticulously followed this crazy diet while splurging unknowingly on a milk-laden product. So stupid- so frustrating- it definitely has been a setback with Abby's tummy. Since I stopped eating them, Abby's reflux and vomiting has been slowly decreasing again and her eczema is clearing up as well. Gotta love how the tiniest details matter so much now.

So for the next 2 weeks until Abby sees a new GI specialist, I'm on a super strict dairy and soy free diet. No more cool whip, margarine, or milk-baked goodies... looks like more new recipes for this family!

What I am learning from this so far-
  • Self control is HARD. I really love Abby, but even while knowing how much dairy and soy products make her sick, ice cream is still tempting (no- I haven't intentionally fudged in this area yet- there are days I want to)
  • I love my daughter, but self-sacrifice doesn't come naturally. I can only be unselfish by God's grace- even in an area as silly as my diet.
  • As Americans- food controls our lives way too much. I think about all of the Christians around the world who are just thankful that God has provided something for them to eat- I expect it to taste amazing too.
  • I'm a chocoholic- I didn't know that until now. I literally crave chocolate bars at the weirdest hours. If only I could hunger for God's Word like that...
  • Abby's hopefully temporary allergy is a way that God is refining my soul... I still have a lot of "nasty" to get burned off. Maybe, by God's grace, I will end up being much less selfish and much more disciplined.
In every trial, I will choose to rejoice when I feel discouraged or overwhelmed. My God is great- He can help me overcome any difficulty- trivial or serious.

My Lifeline- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me strength.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thankful

Aren't you thankful for life's little blessings? God is so good to us in small ways every day. He uses others to encourage us so faithfully. I have been blessed by family and friends so frequently that it is easy to take it for granted. I really am thankful.

A few ways I have been blessed in the last few days:
  • Time with family & friends
  • Really great worship services at Cambridge
  • Amazing husband that surprised me today by doing some chores I was late on while I was visiting with a friend
  • Some Avon & Mark makeup goodies from Laverne & Joe
  • Sweet Easter gifts from family
  • Some very happy smiles & precious cuddlebug days from Abby
  • A few blessed moments of silence courtesy of a content Peeperz

Saturday, April 11, 2009

What a Mermaid Looks Like at 4 Months Old...


Happy that it is bath time again



Telling her funny bath time jokes



Silly splasher

If only we could let her live in a tub, life would always be so happy.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pianist in Training

Abby's 1st try at the piano alone. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19G9UpJ1reE if you can't see this video.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Jumping Bean

Some days being a mom is super fun.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Angelic Abby

A smudge on my camera lens left our little Abby Bean with a celestial glow.
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