Our Summer So Far – Part 1 of 3

And we’re back!

After a six week intermission we’re finally getting the Rudy circus back to on track.

There’s been a lot going on the last few weeks — just consider this Episode One!

Sudden-If-Semi-Scheduled Trip to Indiana

We’d planned an excursion back to our hometown in late spring/early summer, but a death in the family impelled us to move a couple weeks ahead of schedule.

We split the drive over two days, and this guy was a trooper about it. But man, was he happy to be out of the car!
We split the drive over two days, and this guy was a trooper about it. But man, was he happy to be out of the car!

Going from ~40F weather to ~85F every day was an… experience. Kiddo here loved it, though, and the grownups enjoyed being able to finally, thoroughly thaw.

Accordingly, we spent nearly every free minute outdoors. (I can tell you that we have NOT missed the humidity!)
Accordingly, we spent nearly every free minute outdoors. (I can tell you that we have NOT missed the humidity!)

Fortunately John was able to take some time off to visit family with us — probably the last chance we’ll have for a visit until next winter.

(More on the reasons for that in Episode Three!)

It took a few minutes, but little man here finally recognized where he was. He had a blast visiting with friends and family!
It took a few minutes, but little man here finally recognized where he was. He had a blast visiting with friends and family!

Properly Planned Trip to North Carolina

We knew John would have to head back to work after that short visit so Nolan and I hopped a plane to visit some more family, this time out in North Carolina.

Have I mentioned what a great traveler this kid is? As long as I pack his favorite snacks and keep the stroller nearby, he's game to go anywhere!
Snoozing on the plane.

Have I mentioned what a great traveler this kid is? As long as I pack his favorite snacks and keep the stroller nearby, he’s game to go anywhere!

Out on the farm. (It was almost too dark out, but it's the only photo of me we managed  to take during this trip.)
Out on the farm. (It was almost too dark out, but it’s the only photo of me we managed to take during this trip.)

We got to see almost everybody, and though it never seems like we get enough time with them, it was a great visit all around.

He certainly loved Grandpa C's tablet. But considering it was either this or letting him climb the banisters, YouTube won the day!
He certainly loved Grandpa C’s tablet. Considering it was either this or chasing him off the banisters, YouTube won the day!

The End of GFDF

A few days before our trek back to Wisconsin, we hit the 28-day mark on what I’ve been calling our “Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Experiment”. As you may remember from our last post, we’d decided to put Nolan on a gluten-free/dairy-free diet as a possible palliative attempt to help speed his speech and development.

Thanks to the variety of gluten-free options available these days, we barely had to change what he ate — there were almost always easy gluten-free (and often dairy-free) options in reach.

Having discussed it with his specialists, we went into the experiment with two things in mind. First: Nolan has not been diagnosed with any food allergies or sensitivities. Second: unless he showed significant physical or behavioral changes, we would likely end the experiment after four weeks. There simply was not a compelling reason to continue past that point, considering that the studies I referenced showed that in children who DID have food sensitivities or allergies, the greatest gains tended to appear in the first few weeks.

After four weeks, Nolan had definitely experienced some changes but nothing drastic enough for us to continue the experiment. Saying all this to say, as of our trip, he is back to eating pretty much anything!

(The biggest change we did keep — he no longer gets milk right before bed. It never appeared to make him ill or uncomfortable, but as soon as we stopped giving him milk at dinner, he started sleeping more soundly. It may not be a huge change, but I’ll take it!)

Happy kid.
Happy kid.

And while our trip may have ended, we got to bring back a souvenir… Auntie M has come to stay awhile!

But more on that in Episode Two, coming at you Monday.

Happy weekend, everybody!

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4 thoughts on “Our Summer So Far – Part 1 of 3

    1. Thanks Kelly! Hopefully we’ll be able to catch up with you guys the next time we’re down that way. Or maybe we’ll just take a road trip further south when the weather gets cold again! :)

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