Friday, August 24, 2012

Dairy is our Friend

How sweet! Billy left us a smoothie in the fridge sans the dairy. It looked like my Little Man would get to have some, too.

You see, Little Man hadn't had dairy for over a year. Whenever he had dairy, he was irritable and had some serious meltdowns. On top of that, he was gluten intolerant, so he couldn't have that, either.

Little did I know that the note was just that and not a list of ingredients.It was a fruit smoothie, but with a little vanilla ice cream thrown in for good measure. 

Little Man scarfed that baby down with lips puckered, sucking the straw with all his might. He drank it up like there was no tomorrow. 

But, afterward, he was fine. No adverse affects.

Later, he let Daddy know how much he loved that smoothie. He gasped and looked at me like I had committed some heinous crime.

"What?" I shrugged.

"There was dairy in that smoothie!"

"But, it didn't say so in your note, and he seems fine."

We both looked at each other, with wheels turning, and it's as if a light bulb went on for both us at the same time.

"Let's try something else," I suggested.

So, we did some dairy experimentation with our son, and he was in heaven. Milk chocolate, strawberry banana yogurt, cheddar cheese, milkshakes and smoothies--he didn't realize what he was missing until he got to have it again.

It's been several months now and dairy is now a part of Little Man's diet, and he is loving it-- especially the smoothies.  Here he is mimicking slurping down his favorite smoothie--Peach, Pear, Banana, OJ (with vanilla icecream).

Next on the drawing board--gluten. I think I'll wait until Billy accidently makes us some not so gluten-free sandwitches and leaves us a cute little note.

For the most part, he is a good sport about being gluten-free.  He gets excited about the snacks that only he is allowed to have. 

Little Man has prayed that when Jesus returns and restores all the things in the world that have been broken, he'll be able to eat gluten.   

It's all perspective.  

He could have chosen to be bitter about it or accept it, find things to be thankful for, and look forward to restoration.

The same could be said of my own suffering, disappointments, and brokeness. It may not be gluten that I am longing for but cannot have but there are other things that appear to satisfy, but God in His Sovereignty has chosen to withhold them from me.

And for that, I look forward to the restoration. 

"It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4: 4)

Update: After a few months, it was clear that dairy tolerance for Little Man was only temporary...another thing to look forward to in heaven...