Cold after food

I’m starting this many months into trying to improve my health via diet and nutrition. There’s lots I haven’t written about that’s already happened. But I need to start recording some of this…

I’m 2-3 weeks into an exclusion diet, based on IgG blood test results. It got off to a great start, possibly feeling more energetic, but since then I’ve been feeling very bloated and increasingly uncomfortable in the tummy area. And my digestion has slowed, I’ve been intermittently constipated. Probably my guts are missing the gorgeous milk kefir! Probably it was a mistake to start the diet and exclude it without having other probiotics in place (beyond sauerkraut).

Feeling down this morning, with an uncomfortable tummy, I decided I couldn’t wait for the carefully chosen probiotics and enzymes I’d ordered to arrive. So I dragged N to the shops. In my local parapharmacy I was able to acquire some reasonable stand-ins.

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They enzymes one includes carrot powder and barley malt, which I should be avoiding, but I was feeling desperate!

So this lunchtime I took my first digestive enzyme supplement. Wow, my stomach feels normal through and after eating! I hadn’t been that aware of it feeling off until recently, but this sudden improvement makes me think I just hadn’t realised how off my digestion has been.

Feeling especially cold after this meal. Two tops, two pairs of socks, leggings + skirt and a blanket in 23°, and still feeling cold! So investigating that now.

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Cold after food

I’m starting this many months into trying to improve my health via diet and nutrition. There’s lots I haven’t written about that’s already happened. But I need to start recording some of this…

I’m 2-3 weeks into an exclusion diet, based on IgG blood test results. It got off to a great start, possibly feeling more energetic, but since then I’ve been feeling very bloated and increasingly uncomfortable in the tummy area. And my digestion has slowed, I’ve been intermittently constipated. Probably my guts are missing the gorgeous milk kefir! Probably it was a mistake to start the diet and exclude it without having other probiotics in place (beyond sauerkraut).

Feeling down this morning, with an uncomfortable tummy, I decided I couldn’t wait for the carefully chosen probiotics and enzymes I’d ordered to arrive. So I dragged N to the shops. In my local parapharmacy I was able to acquire some reasonable stand-ins.

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They enzymes one includes carrot powder and barley malt, which I should be avoiding, but I was feeling desperate!

So this lunchtime I took my first digestive enzyme supplement. Wow, my stomach feels normal through and after eating! I hadn’t been that aware of it feeling off until recently, but this sudden improvement makes me think I just hadn’t realised how off my digestion has been.

Feeling especially cold after this meal. Two tops, two pairs of socks, leggings + skirt and a blanket in 23°, and still feeling cold! So investigating that now.

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Sudden change to bedtime

Just before 21 months, N had a growth spurt, then started speaking. At the same time as the spurt she began wanting 1hr less sleep a day. After a “full” daytime nap of around 2hrs she would want to go to bed an hour later than previously 9pm-7am. If the nap was shortened, then the earlier bedtime of 8pm still worked.

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13 months

The last month naps were very tricky to judge. Now at 13m old we have settled down into 4hr 30mins of wakefullness before both the first and second naps. This puts the second nap very late, but it doesn’t seem to affect bedtime at all.

We have just been on holiday, and there, with a lot of new things to take in, she was often falling asleep in the car (upright, forward facing car seat) at very odd times. After maybe only 2 or 3 hours sometimes. Sometimes she made her need to sleep noises and needed shh-ing. Generally it was much less traumatic for her than our last car journey nap experience a few months ago (approx 10m old I think).

Feeding to sleep for naps has begun to work again, whereas last month it was virtually impossible and we had to do all naps walking in the wrap. There are no teeth about to break so I think this is the underlying cause. We still have 5 teeth, the 6th appears to be waiting.

N likes to practice biting things with her teeth at the moment, and grinds them sometimes. She is still obsessed with wheels and other children’s buggies. Her legs are getting noticeably stronger and she requires much less support to pull up to standing. She has just become interested in climbing, eg stairs. At our friends’ house on holiday she was happily going up a flight of 2 steps very quickly, and signalling when she wanted to be lifted down them.

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11 months

I stopped keeping the N log when viewings started our house. So here’s a status report.

Two naps daily, totalling 2hrs. If one is shorter or longer the other will compensate. First nap 3hrs after morning wake up.

2nd nap timing slightly variable. Often 3hrs, sometimes up to 4.5hrs, after nap 1 wake up. There has been much ear and head rubbing with teething pain so this accounts for some of the variability. It seems to make feeding to sleep difficult, so N’s preference for getting to sleep has shifted a bit more towards walking in the sling.

Also some of the mental leaps as described in the wonder weeks.

I have just read in the LLLI book Mothering your nursing toddler that many mothers report their 1 year olds BFing “as much as a newborn”. N has for a long time fed frequently anyway, but at 11m she suddenly found a new purposefulness, feeding long and hard when we’re away from distractions. (This has remained, although she had a noticeable growthspurt at the start of 11m too.) I am certain daytime feeds even in the quiet of home were short, brief affairs just a month previous, because I remember it coming up in conversation with the HV at the baby cafe after N’s 10m weighing.

At night we are on two wake ups, one for each breast. This suits me very well for avoiding engorgement. Going to bed around 8ish, for 7am wake up because we have a light come on in bedroom as a rudimentary baby readable clock.

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Becoming the parent you want to be.

I came across this phrase somewhere when N was probably just 4m or so and it struck a real cord. We hadn’t gotten off to the easiest start and circumstances meant we’d fallen into some habits rather than choosing. Somehow reading this phrase knocked me back into a more proactive mode.

Since then I have felt much more that I am on a journey to becoming the parent I want to be, gradually getting closer every day. We don’t have to accept the circumstances life leaves us with. We can still choose and aim to get closer at the next step.

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Growth spurts

Beyond the growth spurts listed on Kellymom.com (…, 6wks, 3m, 4m, 6m, 9m) we have also observed:

11m: increased solids & BFing (which made me pretty hungry too) including a couple of extra wake ups to feed in the night.

13m

14.5m

16m: bit of a weird one, perhaps because it was sandwiched between two colds, and we entered the spurt with a lower milk supply following a very distracted week staying with relatives.

Then nothing totally clear cut, although it’s possible there were one or two spurts masked by other goings on.

21m – quite clear increase in BFing and solids. Had to resort to a 3am yogurt snack one night!

To be continued…

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