Hi, B. I was wondering about your appointment with E and am sorry to hear about her intolerance. That can be really hard.
HOWEVER. Speaking as one who comes from a family who has horrible allergies to everything -- and as one who has horrible allergies to everything -- I agree with everyone above! The absence of milk in a little one's diet isn't going to hurt her. My brother has been allergic to milk since he was very little, and my dad and I are both lactose intolerant. I was wondering, though, if there is something that you can supplement your nursing with? Are there any milk protein-free formulas at health food stores you can get to help while you're waiting for the dairy to pass out of your system? It may help E be a little calmer at night and help the both of you get some more sleep.
I use, in the summer, those filmy, long-sleeved chiffon shirts if I feel the need to cover up my scars. I have pretty much gotten to the point where I have some clever excuses for what they are ("I was in a fire when I was little and NO, I don't like to talk about it," etc) or I just simply display them and most people just stare and they don't say anything about them.
I have several chiffon shirts (purple leopard-print, mint green, a black stripey one) or else I use those cover-ups used for bathing suits. Those are also light and filmy. They let the breeze in.
1,) Things to calm down: petting Savannah and hearing her purr (that is, when she wants to be petted), lighting some candles or sitting by a crackling fire, or using relaxation breathing.
2.) I used to do meditation on a fairly frequent basis. I guess I've gotten out of practice, but I do use it to help me fall asleep. I also used to do yoga, but with my frequently injured and vulnerable ankle, it seems like just when I'm going to take it back up, something happens to it.
3.) I don't really do anything on a daily basis, no. I do a lot of self-talk, though, to soothe myself. It's along the lines of "It's okay, just here and now. Here and now. Here and now. Breathe. In and out. And breathe. And breathe."
4.) I think I would choose a cool night in the country for a calm place. I would have Savvy at my side, and I would be able to look up at the stars for hours on end. It would be beautiful and quiet and I would occasionally see a glimpse of the aurora or a meteor. (There would also be magically no bugs.) I could smell the wind and the pine trees, and the soft crackle of a camp fire.View Thread
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