I have been stressing about Mars’ eczema. The internet tells me 20% of babies get eczema—my mom had it as a baby. Depending on who you believe it either has everything to do with diet or absolutely nothing. Being a dietitian, I think everything has to do with food. I cut out dairy a few weeks ago but it has stayed about the same or gotten worse—I hadn’t noticed before a few days ago that he has a lot of it on the back of his arms and his back—maybe it’s been there the whole time or maybe it’s gotten worse, I’m not sure. I cut out eggs this morning which is tough since I eat those for breakfast every day, but dairy, gluten and eggs tend to be the major culprits and I never eat gluten and already cut out dairy. Hopefully that will help. It makes me nervous he might end up being more prone to food allergies or autoimmune conditions (eczema is related to or is an autoimmune condition depending on who you ask). My parents both have autoimmune disorders (type 1 diabetes, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and rheumatoid arthritis between them) and I worry about Mars being prone to all of those things. But all I can focus on right now is trying to figure out what I might be eating causing the rash right now. It’s frustrating because every time I cut something out, there is at least a week delay while we work our way through stored milk for work days before it’s actually out of his diet.
In other news, we chose a preschool! Max and I went on a tour of the one closest to our house last Friday while Mars stayed home with his aunt. We both really liked it and I felt good about it. It’s by far the most convenient one for ME, and once I saw that he would do well there, it seemed like the best option all around. I even cancelled a tour of another one this morning because this just feels like the right fit. We toured in the afternoon when they have the arts activities (one of the focuses of this program). I saw kids rotating between art class and dance class. It was organized and free of chaos but they all seemed to be having fun too. Max was itching to participate. In fact he sat down at one of the little tables during art time and got ahold of a glue stick and that’s all he talked about for the rest of the day was that purple thing he got on his finger. He starts in August. The other two programs were twice as far away with many lights in between to make for lots of driving. Plus this one has the same length of day regardless of age, so in a couple years when both my boys are there I only have one drop off and pick up time, and with less than two miles drive I stand a chance at keeping them from falling asleep in the car. Win.
I am just finally getting over a very unpleasant head cold. I was miserable all weekend, exacerbated by Mars going through a stage of waking up every two hours and being squirmy and not sleeping well from 4-5am everyday. Oh, and in apparently Max is prepping for the change to daylight savings because he has suddenly started waking up an hour earlier, so by the time Mars and I get back to sleep after his squirm-fest, Max is awake.
I was too tired to cook ahead for the week yesterday which is usually my Sunday task, so now I need to hurry up and cook some stuff before Max wakes up from his nap.