Thursday, September 3, 2009

Just say boo to moo (100 days)

All of Bryce's tests came back negative, so he's been released from quarantine, and the current theory is that he's suffering from allergic colitis. Basically, Bryce's immature digestive system can't tolerate the proteins in cow's milk (and possibly soy as well); when Christie's diet includes those proteins, they end up in her milk. So, for the next 6-12 months, cow is a dirty word in the Sonnek household: no milk, butter, cheese, soy or other dairy products, nor any food containing them!

Neither of us has spent much time reading ingredient labels in the past, and we were shocked to discover how many foods contain either milk or soy. I expected to forgo ice cream, but sherbet and sorbet too?! That's harsh. We scoured the bread aisle at Cub Foods for ten minutes before we found an acceptable loaf of bread, but I'm happy to report that rice milk is different, but not entirely unpleasant.

Oh, and if you needed any further reassurance that Bryce is doing relatively well, consider this: one hundred days ago, I was terrified that our son wouldn't survive the night. Today, I'm terrified that I might not get cookies & cream on a sugar cone until 2010. I think we're moving in the right direction. Print this post


  1. Happy News! We are eager to meet this wonder child and see you guys at Christmas time. May the good Lord watch over you guys and little Bryce.

  2. The sacrifices you make as a parent. No dairy! But, it's a small price to pay in the long run. You and Christie are such amazing parents! Thanks for keeping us all updated on your little man.

  3. I had to do the same thing for AJ (now 4!) when I was nursing him -- thought I'd die without ice cream and cheese! Rice milk is an OK substitute -- I survived on it for many months and AJ was thankful! :) Nice work, Sonneks!