If the Tin Foil Hat Fits

So it’s been about two weeks that I’ve had August on a completely gluten-free diet. These weeks have been mostly glorious. Not perfect, but very, very good. I’m seeing less and less of the spinny stuff–in fact, I didn’t see one flap or spin. Even more important, I think, is that he is making progress. Before, he was kind of stuck. Stuck on the same toys, the same actions, etc. Now, he’s moving forward. He’s picking up new things, moving old things around in new ways, and is just generally comfortable with new. Other things I’ve noticed that are random: he looks when you point and say “look.” He’s making eye contact with his brothers and playing with them. It’s not organized play or anything, but he likes running around with them or pretending that the baby is going to “get” him, which he isn’t because the baby can only crawl backwards at this point.

Removing gluten has suddenly made him understand English. You call him to come eat and he comes, you ask him if he wants a bottle (yes, the twins are still total bottle addicts), and he smiles. He can still be a space cadet, but you can usually see what has him distracted. Today I was trying to teach him how to give kisses, and he started shouting “muh! muh! muh!”

These are all good things, right? I think a lot of people would be satisfied and call it a day.

I’m not most people, though. I can’t leave well-enough alone. Some days are still better than others. There are days when the dark circles re-appear under his eyes. I KNOW that there are other foods that bother him.

Someone on my FB page recommended the GAPS diet for kids with neurological issues. I bought the book, read it, and it made a lot of sense to me. So now I’m trying to get August closer and closer to that diet, which is extremely restrictive–basically, you can have meats, eggs, vegetables, and fruits. No grains. Some cheeses, but not all. The kicker, though, is that you have to make a LOT of your food from scratch because even tiny additives are believed to be problematic.

So here I am: making my own yogurt, my own grain-free-bread, nutrigrain bars with no grains, preserves, etc. It’s a lot of work. Crazy amounts of work. I do think it’s having an effect, though. I messed up and let August have sweet potatoes, which are not allowed–guess what? He didn’t do as well. A quick tweak and he was back to fabulous.

I’ve gotten really suspicious of food and the food industry. I spend way too much time reading labels and researching my purchases. Basically, I’m only of those crazy nutrition people that I used to make fun of.

Good times.

This was my attempt to capture what life is like at my house--Charlie is bogarting the TV, Louis is on the move, and August and Rex are calm and collected.

This was my attempt to capture what life is like at my house–Charlie is bogarting the TV, Louis is on the move, and August and Rex are calm and collected.

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