Rain, Rain, Go Away!

For the first time since we’ve been here in the Duluth, Minnesota area, we are rained out. I mean really, really rained out this time. It’s supposed to rain every… single… day this week. In another life, this would be my ideal weather. Nowadays, I’ve got an active toddler to keep occupied. All that sun spoiled us!

See what I mean?
See what I mean?

Mealtimes are a lot easier to clean up outside, that’s for sure.

(I can’t complain about that much — I’ve got a seventy-pound, four-legged, furry Hoover that keeps the floors pretty clean for me!)

Even naptimes are better outside!
Even naptimes are better outside. (He’s way too big for that stroller, but it works for touring the neighborhood. And it was only $4!)

In other news, we’ve made some pretty big changes around here the last few weeks.

You may already know, nursing that kid was the only way we could EVER get him to go to sleep the last thirty-plus months.

Not anymore! Mr. Big Kid here is no longer nursing. Not even to go to sleep!

It’s been a big adjustment for all of us.

Not sure if it's related, or maybe just a coincidental development, but this guy takes FOREVER to get out of bed these days. Mornings or naps, doesn't matter. He will lay about for a solid thirty minutes after waking up if I let him!
Not sure if it’s related, or maybe just a coincidental development, but this guy takes FOREVER to get out of bed these days. Mornings or naps, doesn’t matter. He will lay around like this all day after waking up if I let him!

This guy has also gone gluten-free and dairy-free (or GFDF). It wasn’t a major dietary overhaul for him since he’s always been big on meats and fruits, but it has been another adjustment.

GFDF is sometimes recommended for autistic children as it can help diminish some of the more noticeable related behaviors. It’s not a ‘treatment’, and the studies are split on whether it’s a useful course of action in helping to manage autism. However there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence (and a statistically significant portion of evidence in those studies supports this) claiming that going GFDF or GFCF (or even Paleo, which eliminates all grains and dairy from the diet) can make a difference for some people. Our little guy has not been diagnosed as having autism or as falling on the spectrum, but if this small change might help him at all with his milestones and language acquisition, we figured we’d better give it a shot.

Jeez, mom. Are you done yet?
Jeez, mom. Are you done yet?

Needless to say, this much change in so short a time means we’ve pushed back potty training a bit. We’ll give things a couple more weeks to level off and gear up for the next big change!

Hope you all had a marvelous Mother’s Day weekend. Enjoy your Monday!

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