I am SO thankful to everyone who responded to what I wrote about Lucy a while ago. Seriously, people came out of the woodwork with phone calls or e-mails…some of them were people I didn’t even really know that well, a friend of a friend, a girl I knew when I was a freshman at Boston University and hadn’t talked to since, etc. All people who have had such similar experiences with their kids. And I can’t even describe how comforting that is. I never realized how common it is to have a child who is a little bit delayed.

One friend from one of my old wards has helped me even more than very kind words and reassurance. Her story is so interesting. You’ll find it here (she has so many great ideas on her blog too). She has done so much research and has been able to help her little boy so much through his diet. I know, some of you (like my old self from two weeks ago) are thinking hmm…like what a child eats could make that big of a difference?? But quite honestly I think it already has for Lucy. My friend met me at Sprouts and helped me pick out all the good stuff she feeds her son to take him off dairy and gluten. Let me tell you, this is not me. It’s only been a week and a half, but I have to say I’m still amazed at myself every time I try to pry a piece of frozen “rice bread” out for Lucy or make her her own special “gluten free” pancakes. But for the first week her constant runny nose and goopy eyes were completely gone. This week she’s a little congested again but I think that has to do more with the change of seasons than food. Who knows? It’s such a tricky thing to figure out. But I’m so excited to at least feel like I can do something. The hope is that things that may be causing continual stuffiness and congestion will help clear up any fluid in her ears which may be causing hearing problems which in turn would help her with communication things. We’re crossing our fingers.

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  1. Thanks Shawni for the kind words. I am so glad to be able to share what I have learned the hard way. Lucy will benefit so much from starting off this diet so early instead of waiting like I did with Tate until he was 2 1/2, if I only knew then what I know now!Keep up the good work!

  2. Shawni, my mom has a severe gluten allergy and has some gluten-free “favorites” she could not live without, and most all are dairy free too! If you need some more ideas of things for Lucy to eat, please holler! However, I must say, some of the things aren’t too appetizing but hey, Lucy is still young so she probably would not even care! 🙂 Thanks also for your comment on my blog, we will need to touch base soon! Oh, so glad you are helping with one of our ward’s enrichments, I work with Denise and she just shared the good news with me! Can’t wait!

  3. Oh, I am so glad it seems to be helping! She is such a cutie and I think you will find there are so many people out there in similar situations… I bet if you google searched the blogs you would be shocked!

    I still love the photos of the kids with their glasses, I am sure (thanks to me) all my kids will end up in them…

  4. This is great news! I have several friends that are natural “doctors” if you want to talk to them. Josh has a friend, too, that is very educated in these kinds of things… Lynette Baldwin.

    Not to inundate you with a ton of information, but this website is useful too: http://www.livingahealthylifestyle.com/index.htm

    I love learning about nutrition and health and so have come across a lot of different things if you want more. Hoping this continues to be your answer!!

  5. Shawni…this is Jessie Casillas out in Va…I clicked on your blog through Nichole’s. You are such a great writer. Anyway did you ever know Camille Anderton out at BYU? For the longest time she was always always sick they thought she had Mono and could never quite figure it out. Well it ended up that she had Celiac (SP) and she did the wheat free diet and she turned around so quickly. She said she really morned food for a while but she feels so much better that it isn’t worth it to eat that cookie or piece of pizza. She said that there are so many people that have this so they are really coming out with a lot of different foods for it.
    It would be so hard with a baby but I am sure if you have already noticed the change it is worth it.
    I don’t know if it’s the same thing with your baby but I really think food makes a huge difference.
    Anyway sorry to ramble on…your probably like “What”????
    Good luck with everything! She is so dang cute.

  6. That is such great news. It proves that mothers DO know best and often we have to search to find what is right for our children. I konw that food is a very powerful thing for good or bad and allergies can really affect your health. I am so glad you are already seeing the benefits from the changes and hope they just continue until your worries are gone!

  7. Hi Shawni! I think you are a special person to be able to take care of your kids like you do. When the hubbies travel (like mine does as well) it is hard to hold it together and not yell, cry and loose it. I always worry when they travel if they will come back safe. Did you get my email? I hope so and sorry again that it took so long to get it together for you! Take care-

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