Where have I been?
I have been holding a screaming baby every night since I wrote last — nursing him to sleep, and then having to hold him to KEEP him asleep.
He has not been an easy child.
Still, I have good news and bad news on this front:
THE GOOD NEWS: I have found (I think) the cause of all his screaming, and it’s easily treatable.
THE BAD NEWS: It requires me to (gulp) give up chocolate.
CHOCOLATE! Why did it have to be chocolate???
With Christopher, I had to give up homemade salsa. It was a sacrifice, to be sure, but I did it for a year. (Of course, he is now my “salsa king,” and comes running whenever I make it. Figures!)
With Grace, I had to give up mocha frappucinos. Again, that was rough, but I was able to substitute a vanilla one instead with no ill effects. It was my weekly treat, but I dealt with it.
Around here, that’s “Mommy’s little helper.” I grab a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips out of the pantry usually twice a day. I look forward to my afternoon break of hot tea and chocolate as my “reward” for a job well done (whatever that is.)
Sigh. And now it’s gone.
He has been a completely different kid today (since I’ve detoxed). He actually slept all morning long, which enabled us to homeschool without the added fuss factor. It was amazing! The added plus was that he slept IN HIS CRIB, so I wasn’t carrying him around the whole time. After almost 6 weeks of constant holding, THAT is a major breakthrough!
If I am correct and it was the chocolate that was causing all the problems, then there’s no doubt that I’ll just have to suck it up like a brave little soldier and deal with it…. and try to forget that I’ve got the most amazing chocolate cheesecake in the freezer that I’d be willing to tackle someone for.
I realize that this is not really “suffering” and truly, I’m thankful he’s healthy… but dang… it had to be chocolate…