I am SO thankful to everyone who responded to what I wrote about Lucy a while ago. Seriously, people came out of the woodwork with phone calls or e-mails...some of them were people I didn't even really know that well, a friend of a friend, a girl I knew when I was a freshman at Boston University and hadn't talked to since, etc. All people who have had such similar experiences with their kids. And I can't even describe how comforting that is. I never realized how common it is to have a child who is a little bit delayed.
One friend from one of my old wards has helped me even more than very kind words and reassurance. Her story is so interesting. You'll find it here (she has so many great ideas on her blog too). She has done so much research and has been able to help her little boy so much through his diet. I know, some of you (like my old self from two weeks ago) are thinking hmm...like what a child eats could make that big of a difference?? But quite honestly I think it already has for Lucy. My friend met me at Sprouts and helped me pick out all the good stuff she feeds her son to take him off dairy and gluten. Let me tell you, this is not me. It's only been a week and a half, but I have to say I'm still amazed at myself every time I try to pry a piece of frozen "rice bread" out for Lucy or make her her own special "gluten free" pancakes. But for the first week her constant runny nose and goopy eyes were completely gone. This week she's a little congested again but I think that has to do more with the change of seasons than food. Who knows? It's such a tricky thing to figure out. But I'm so excited to at least feel like I can do something. The hope is that things that may be causing continual stuffiness and congestion will help clear up any fluid in her ears which may be causing hearing problems which in turn would help her with communication things. We're crossing our fingers.