(*note: this post is written in lower-case - and possibly has typos - as i am one-handed with fussy baby in the other arm)
mmmm... are you salivating at the sight of that photo? there is nothing better than a good iced chocolate, but it has to be made correctly. NO ice (yuck!), the cream has to be REAL and freshly whipped, not fake from a can. the top has to be sprinkled with drinking chocolate. chocolate syrup needs to be swirled up the sides of the glass and the ice cream and cream have to just meet so that the ice cream makes the bottom of the cream freeze. thats all. i am sorely disappointed when we go to a cafe/restaurant and i order an iced chocolate and it doesn't meet all of the above requirements. its just not worth the caloreis if its not made properly!!
so, what does that have to do with the next photo?
blah! as of tomorrow i am going DAIRY FREE for one week! i am bad at sticking to diets or cutting foods, but i'm determined to give it a go this time because we have one mega-cranky, fussy and in pain little boy on our hands. look at that...this is what tommy looks like most of his waking hours and every day he seems to be getting a little worse. he is only sleeping for 15 minute intervals and then wakes up in pain. we are both feeling sleep deprived as he is not getting the big stretches of sleep a newborn baby needs to be content and i usually end up sleeping propped up with tommy lying over my tummy, slightly elevated which makes for an unsettled nights sleep for me too. it is a rude shock as lil was an angellic baby and refused to sleep in our bed and would put herself to sleep from a very early age but with tommy i feel like he is constantly in my arms.
who knows if this dairy-free stint will work? i've heard of a lot of breastfeeding mums turn off dairy and then their baby suddenly settles down. i'm hoping that it doesn't because then i can go back to eating what ever i want and we can look for another cause for his grumpiness. just incase it is the cause though, i coaxed mum into coming out for lunch with me today and we drank the most dairy-ed-up drink you can think of...the good old iced chocolate!! kind of like the last supper :) if it is a dairy intolerance then i am dreading the "storm before the calm" after that huge drink kicks in!
i'll keep you posted on any developments! in the meantime, if you have any good dairy-free treat ideas (because i am a mega chocaholic and am going to be suffering big-time!) then send them my way! and if the whole dairy-free thing has worked for you before, let me know!
(P.S. Thanks for the comments and emails re pattern testing. I'm very excited! Give me a few days to get some info together and I'll be in contact with all of you with some more info. If you left a comment and no email address, would you mind sending me an email so that I know how to contact you?)