Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date Friday {#36}

Come join me for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee today, I’d say thanks for showing up to chat with me every Friday even though my sewing-related posting has been sparse. I was in trial last week and am working on projects for my brother’s wedding, so I haven’t gotten around to photographing anything in ages!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it appears that my sweet Baby J is lactose intolerant. As you’ve likely figured out if you’ve paid attention at all over the last couple of years, we are a mixed-race family. My husband is 100% Asian-American. Statistically about 90% of Asian-Americans are lactose intolerant and it tends to be genetic. So it was almost inevitable that one of my kids would inherit this trait. It appears that Baby J was the unlucky one.

He was breastfed for almost 12 months, so he didn’t start exhibiting symptoms until recently. But a couple of weeks ago, he started having digestive issues for no apparent reason and that weren’t resolving. When my sweet little boy was cranky all the time, pooping 5-6 times per day, and developing terrible diaper rash that we couldn’t get ahead of because of the diarrhea, I knew something was up.

Almost on a whim last weekend, we decided to take him off of lactose for a few days and see what happened. We figured there was really no downside to removing lactose from his diet since we could get lactose-free milk and he would still get all the fat and calcium that he needed. It was worth a shot.

The effects were dramatic and almost immediate! By the end of that first day, his digestive issues started to resolve. He finally slept long and soundly at naptime and nighttime for the first time in a couple of weeks and didn’t wake up from every single sleep with big, nasty, stinky poops in his diaper. By day 2 his demeanor was back to his normal, cheery self, and his diarrhea had almost completely resolved. It’s been 5 days now, and he’s completely back to normal. It seems we’ve found our answer!

Avoiding lactose will cause a slight inconvenience for us but it’s totally worth it. And I am thankful that its just an intolerance and not an allergy. The other kids’ diet can stay as it is, though they will be disappointed that we won’t eat ice cream nearly as often as we currently do 🙂

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that it’s hard for me to believe that in a week, my baby brother will be getting married! I still think of him as my “baby” brother even though he’s 32 years old and has been with his fiancee for 6 years now. And they close on their first house next week! When did he grow up?

But if we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am very much looking forward to getting out of town for a break. The wedding is in Florida and then we’re spending a few days after the wedding at the beach. With my parents, my aunt and uncle, and Obaachan is coming too. Vacation with built-in child assistance in the form of 3 grandparents and a great aunt and uncle — yeah, it’s gonna be awesome!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Baby J’s 1-year photo session is scheduled for this Sunday. A couple of days ago, I got the wild hair to make the kids new tops for these photos. I just love having the opportunity to have professional photographs of some of my makes! All that’s left on my dress and N’s dress for the wedding is hand sewing, so hopefully I will be able to whip up a few quick t-shirts for the photos. Fingers crossed!

Finally, if we were having coffee today, I would tell you that I am officially a soccer mom. J started playing soccer on Sunday evenings two weeks ago, and it has been really good for him. He’s done individual sports, like gymnastics and swimming, for awhile, but this is his first foray into team sports. The first game was pretty rough. He had a hard time dealing with the fact that he didn’t get to have the ball all the time and score every goal. He shed a few tears that game (well, maybe more than a few).

But we talked to him about the concept of teamwork all week long and his second game was vastly improved! He didn’t cry at all that game (“Mommy, when I felt tears starting to come out, I just sucked them back into my eyes!”). Whenever the other team had the ball, he would run back and guard his goal, and then even scored two goals himself! J is a quintessential first child and has always been convinced that the world revolves around him. This is very good for him.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

8 thoughts on “Coffee Date Friday {#36}

  1. I love J’s comment about tears–oh bless his bones!!! I am really looking forward to our sewing weekend. last night, Jeremy surprised me with a new quilting and embroidery machine–i had been looking at it for over a year! i can’t wait to get some lessons on it before our trip.
    i love these friday posts!! i am drinking my java house coffee right now.

    have fun at the wedding and your trip to florida. i was in florida last week and it was fabulous!

    1. Ooh, a new machine!! What a great surprise! I’m planning to take Bernice and Bonnie the Brother (my serger) in for maintenance while we’re in FL so they’re in tip top shape for our sewing weekend. For which, by the way, I am unreasonably excited. I am so looking forward to spending 4 days with you wonderful ladies and indulging all my hobbies without the kiddos underfoot. As much as I love my children, they are a lot of work and I am LONG overdue for a break!

      Java House … yummmmm.

      1. also, bummer about little J. at least it is just an intolerance. do you have an ice cream machine? i have a cuisinart ice cream maker and you can easily make lactose-free ice cream. it only takes about 20 minutes and is super yum!!

  2. I would tell you I finally finished that first tank top. After delaying the finish for a while because I didn’t want to hem, I realized I had enough excess binding tape to go around the bottom of the top, so I just did that. I might need to adjust sizing on stuff more, but I got one done!

    1. Yay! Good job! The FBA will undoubtedly become your best friend as you make more 🙂 It’s good to get that first one behind you though — I learned so much with my first adult garments!

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