Quick Goat's Milk Update

Enzo was on goat's milk for a day but we decided to go back to
breastfeeding because we didn't see any change in his nose but he was
having a hard time processing and removing it from his system.
We've decided that we've seen the NAET stuff through as far as we can
and we're going to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist this coming
week. (Wed if we can't get in sooner)
I trust that God will heal him in His time and I'm praying that I will
see and communicate God's glory through all of this rather than praise
a medicine or procedure.

Bottle #2

Chuck fed Enzo his second bottle and he did much better with it. Then
we tried a different bottle that had a slower flow (Enzo was drownding
a bit) and he drank it really well. It will probably be harder to pump
than it will be to feed him tonight. Things will get really
interesting when I have to do it all myself tomorrow. Thanks for your

Enzo's Nose

Some of you have heard about our journey with Enzo's nose and others only have bits and pieces. I apologize for not updating sooner but I didn't think about it until I realized yesterday that it's actually consuming a lot of my time and energy.

When Enzo was about three weeks (Feb. 1st) old we asked our pediatrician about his "stuffy nose." Enzo has had a stuffy nose/congestion in his sinuses since birth. Our pediatrician said the most common thing is a milk allergy so I should take all dairy out of my diet for a week. I did and nothing changed.
The pediatrician then suggested that I add wheat (gluten) because that's also a major allergen. I did that along with dairy for a week and nothing changed.

I then decided that I should look into allergy testing of some kind because I could take foods out of my diet for years and never hit on the right thing. We heard about an allergy testing that a chiropractor friend of ours did that would not only test for allergies but cured them. It's called NAET and while we can't really figure out if there's any science behind it (most people agree there isn't) everyone I talked to that had experienced it agreed that it worked. The best part was there are no side effects/drugs/etc. involved so I decided it was worth a shot before we put the time/money into seeing a specialist or something else.

We had Enzo adjusted because he was misaligned after his entrance into the world (which is normal) and that seemed to help for a day but then things went back to normal. Our chiropractor then said she would test him for the major allergens like milk and gluten but she thought based on her experience that it was Vitamin C. Based on the NAET testing he was allergic to Vitamin C! I didn't know that could even happen but I was glad to have something to go on. The rest of the process involves some acupressure and then I had to eliminate Vitamin C from my diet for 24 hours while his body readjusted to accepting it rather than fighting it. I did that (ate only eggs, plain macaroni and ground beef) but there was no change.

I took him back in in the morning (the 24th) and he was still allergic to Vitamin C. Our chiropractor said she's never had an infant not recover from that allergy the first time but would do the acupressure again if I wanted her too. I said yes lets give it another day. So I avoided it for another 24 hours but again nothing changed.

This morning I took him back to our pediatrician who looked him all over and decided that we should put him on goat's milk for two days to see if there's a change. If there is a change we know it's an allergen in my milk, if not then we go see a specialist. We might see a specialist anyway but right now we just have to get through two days of goat's milk bottles. I gave him his first bottle this evening and he didn't like the taste of it at all. I'm praying that he gets used to it.

I trust that God knows what's wrong with Enzo. I trust he empathizes with my hurt and frustration. I trust that even if Enzo's nose never gets any better that God is enough. I trust that God will be glorified in this situation and I want to be a part of that.

Also, please pray with us that God will heal Enzo's nose soon.


The Journey

I've learned a lot about chiropractic, allergies, and being a wife and
mother lately - much more than I can type out with one finger while
holding a sleeping boy. Suffice it to say that I feel closer to God
and my family than I ever have and am looking forward to what he's
going to teach me next.

Hand-Knit Warmth

Thank you Aunt Jana for knitting this beautiful hat that goes so well
with his snuggle sack. I love snuggling my winter baby boy.

Already a Month

Enzo turned a month old on Saturday. Of course I can't believe time is
going so fast but it is and Enzo is growing every day!
He's still tiny and floppy-headed but I know before I know it he'll be
sitting up and laughing at Ruby's silliness.

4 weeks old

Here he is, my four week old. It simultaneously feels like he was just
born and he's always been here. He's growing so fast.