Tuesday, May 31, 2011

4 Months

Wow! How Time FLIES! Ryder is 4 months old today. He is growing so fast and changing and developing right before our eyes. Here's what he's up to:

He grabs and holds objects

He loves bath time with mom or dad in the tub. He kicks like crazy in the water!

He smiles and giggles a lot

He has baby conversations in the mirror, with other babies or with his toys

Height: 2' 2" (26 inches) and 85%

Weight: 15 lbs 7oz and 50%

Long and lean little guy!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

MSPI and eating out

Cooking at home is ultimately the best option. But if you do need to get away or are on the road there are resources out there. most chains have an allergy listing online. Her are a few:

MSPI Mama on facebook has a great list. Go to the "discussion" icon on the left, then to "restaurants"

Red Rodin emailed me their current allergy menu (14 pages!) but it changes monthly. They said the restaurant can print you one when you come in to eat.

Zest Bakery - San Carlos - www.zestbakery.com

BJ's Pizza - I was told they also have an allergy menu upon request

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Baby Talk

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hump Day

He's still cute blurry, right?

I think we are finally on the other side of the hump. It sure was and uphill battle. We still have bumps in the road but I think we are on our way down to a happy Ryder. I have been incredibly strict with what I eat and it has made a world of difference. I've learned a lot about the many words that mean milk and soy in ingredients. I've also learned that foods you never thought could have milk still can. Salami has milk in it...who knew?

So many mommy friends are going back to work. I met up with Rina and Odin this week before she went back to work. Both boys love putting things in their mouth...even eachother! I don't thing either realized what was going on.

Ryder is really using his hands now. He used to just knock things off his bumbo tray. But this week he really started to pick things up and play with them. He does the same in his carseat with his plastic rings. He even fell asleep with his hand around the rings on Monday.

Ryder and I enjoyed a movie last Saturday. We went to see Rio along with many other families with kids. The movie showing was designed for families. They turned down the music a bit and turned up the lights a bit. Ryder and I got to see and hear the whole movie even with that many kids. It was quite a treat!

Jason, Ryder and Raster enjoying their bath. Ryder loves to kick and splash so the sink is totally out of the question now. Last time I bathed him in the sink we had water on the counters, cupboards, floor and on all of my cloths. But Ryder was giggling the whole time!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MSPI and Tader Joes

Trader Joes:
-Rice, Almond or Hemp milk
-Crackers - Pita crackers
-Snacks - Dried Fruit and nuts
-Cereal - Joe's Honey O's
-Pasta - TJ's Italian brand
-TJ's Reduced Guilt Brownie Mix
-Bread - TJ Sprouted Barley and TJ Look Pa! No Flour! Sprouted Wheat Berry
-Buns - Miltons Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns
-Truly Homemade Flour Tortillas
-Corn Tortillas
-Middle Eastern Flat Bread

Pre-made Items:
-Antipasto Bruschetta
-Vegetable and Grain Country Salad
-Chicken Sausage Ravioli
-Corn and Chile Tomato-Less Salsa
-Vegetable Root Chips
-Chicken Egg Rolls

Things I was surprised Soy/Dairy were in:
-Pasta Sauce
- Bread

Monday, May 16, 2011

MSPI and Whole Foods

So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer
Earth Balance Soy Free butter (red label)
large almond milk (1/2 gallon)
Applegate makes a salami that is soy/milk free - look for "starter culture (not from milk)"
Rubis hot dog buns and hamburger buns
Carrs water crackers and another brands Saltine crackers
Guittard and Enjoy Life semi-Sweet choc chips
SO Delicious cultured coconut milk yogurt
Luna & Larry's Organic Coconut Bliss Bar (ice cream)
Strawberry Fields Kashi Cereal

Amy's Roasted Vegetable pizza
Amy's Bean and Rice dairy free burrito
Pure pantry cookie mixes
Cherrybrook Kitchen pancake mix (gluten, peanut, dairy, egg and nut free)
Supplements ( magnesium, calcium, fiber, pro-biotic, fish oil )
Rice Dream and Double Rainbow have soy/dairy free Ice cream
Whole Grain Natural Bread Co. - Old Fashion Whole Wheat Bread



Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Yes, It has an acronym and everything!

MSPI stands for Milk Soy Protein Intolerance

After seeing a nutritionist last week we started all over again with our diet. She recommended me eliminate all animal milks. So, goat cheese and milk were outa there! That was the only cheese I had been able to eat. She also helped me understand some of the many soy ingredients out there. The only one that she is allowing me to eat is soy lecithin, which is an emulsifier and does not have the protein.

Things we can do for Ryder to help with the uncomfortableness of passing gas:
Chamomile Tea - brewed strong so that you can drop some in his mouth
Cocyntal - homeopathic colic relief
Tummy time
Bath time
Gas drops (Mylicon and/or GasX Baby) - must be burped up
Gripe water - goes through their system

What I am doing for Ryder:
Fish oil

No animal milks (cow, sheep, goat)
No soy - only soy lecithin is ok because it has no protein in it

Great websites:
kellymom.com (http://kellymom.com/momblog/professional-handouts-set-2/)

I had to search for:
-soy/dairy free mayo since i love sandwiches
-soy/dairy free bread
-soy/dairy free crackers - trader joes pita crackers are my fave!
-soy/dairy free coffee creamer - there is a great coconut milk creamer
-soy/milk free butter - earth balance red

Monday, May 9, 2011

First Mothers Day

Mothers day:

Jason took Ryder so I could sleep more

We all watched Sunday morning cartoons

Jason made breakfast and mimosas and delivered them to me

I went with Selah to get a pedicure with no baby

I ran out quick to Target fir some gifts and wrapped them up for Jason's clepsydra that just had babies

Ryder and I enjoyed lots of time listening to Jason play guitar

I napped while Ryder napped

Ryder and I shared a splashfest in the bathtub

I got to try out making milk free and soy free cookies...yummmmm

Ryder went down early and I hot to chill and listen to Jason play acoustic guitar

Ryder slept 9 hours !

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Look at those Baby Blues!

This is just a quick post of a few of my favorite recent pictures of Ryder. I have been much busier lately learning about how to eat differently for Ryder. And I've been dealing with more unhappy time from him. It just kills me to see him in pain! We saw a nutritionist last Tuesday that I really like. So, we are almost 1 week into eating no animal milks and no soy.

Ryder and his beautiful Baby Blues!