Last night I took Avery to Wal-Mart to help shop for lunches and snacks. I taught her how to read the labels, reinforced that we could no longer have anything that contained wheat. She really liked finding packaging that had Gluten Free written on the front of the packages and I'm sure that is why I now have 3 bags of Quaker Rice Cakes.
Giving Avery that control over being able to pick which cereal we have (chocolate chex and pebbles) and letting her read the back of the Cheerios box to see that it "really does contain wheat", completely changed her outlook. She seemed lighter, almost excited (wants to learn how to bake English Muffins).
First you have to understand my daughter... She is the happiest person I have ever met. Really, that's not just mom bragging, she is a happy go lucky girl. She looks at the bright side of everything. She loves everybody, even the mean boy in her room (who I just want to put in the corner or have an extremely harsh talk w/ his mom).
But, this last week she has been sad, she has been whiny and just not herself. It has weighed heavy on my heart. So to see her dancing and singing around the aisles of Wal-Mart, I knew that together we could do this. YES, it would be a really long time of adjustment, but eventually we would have it down.
As a treat for a crappy week I let her get a chocolate milk. She read all of the labels. I read all of the labels. She picked CHUG Milk Shake in the Cookies and Cream flavor. I read the label again.
We live 10 minutes from Wal-Mart. She began drinking it while I was loading the car. By the time we got home she was complaining that her stomach hurt.
Did we miss something? Is there gluten in this?
No other dairy has ever given her issues so I do not think it is the cassin. She has never tested being allergic to whey or cassin (not sure if that is the same now). Could it have just been too rich, she has had a very light and fairly bland diet this week. Should I start documenting her milk reactions too?
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