Rule #1 of parenting - if something is going well, don't share with the interwebs.
So yeah things have taken a turn in the baby food eating department. I mentioned that Mary threw up after a nap one day (about a month ago). Finn has literally only thrown up once (well twice, but for the same illness - the damn norovirus he got when he was 18 months), so when Mary threw up it was pretty unsettling. She had eaten butternut squash and avocado, but I wasn't sure if it was a bug or something she it, and fortunately it was very short lived. She threw up several times in a row that afternoon and then was fine by evening. She was still happy and nursing well, so I wasn't too panicky. My friend Julie is a nurse and helped alleviate and talk through my concerns.
Then we went on our trip to Wisconsin and our long road trip after and she didn't have much interest in food the whole time we were gone. I figured that may in part be due to travelling, so didn't think much of it. The other problem Mary encountered with food was how constipated it was making her. I was putting prunes in everything, but it wasn't helping much. I even tried prune juice in a bottle and she had no interest in it. Her poop was hard and painful and took a lot of effort for her to get out as it was about the size and consistency of a softened tootsie roll (you're welcome for the visual and for ruining tootsie rolls).
Mary did have a massive poop while we were in Wisconsin, but then nothing for NINE DAYS. I ended up giving her an enema which cleaned her right on out. But she still isn't interested in food with the same enthusiasm and I wonder if she has figured out that eating food = painful poops? Or maybe she just has no room for food since the girl is so backed up! I'm really not sure.
Then last week I gave Mary avocado at lunch and about three hours later we were grocery shopping (fortunately I decided to keep her in the carseat and not wear her in the Ergo) when she vomited. Like massive, projectile vomit. It soaked her, but just dripped in to the carseat which was in the shopping cart. Then it happened again. It was so much that I literally thought it was going to drip through the seat and on to the floor. Fortunately it did not, but I hustled to get out of the store. Mary was content and smiling up at me, but I was still really concerned. I called my sister-in-law on the way home as she has experience with food allergies in her kids and also called my friend Renel whose daughter has had some extremely scary reactions to food. Both agreed that it's good that Mary is still happy and nursing just fine (she hasn't had a reaction to anything I've eaten - knock on wood), but that I should be highly suspicious of the avocado. It seems like such an odd thing to have a reaction to, but I don't plan on giving her any until she's around one just to be on the safe side. My nephew had reaction to zucchini and Renel said bananas were problematic with her daughter - so sometimes the "safe" foods can still be cause for concern.
So now I'm making sure I pop fenugreek regularly to keep my supply up as she is nursing a bit more (to include back to waking up during the night - argh) and am just slowing way down with the baby food. She has been eating sweet potatoes well, but I only offer food about once a day now. I'm also giving her probiotics in the hope that it helps keep her regular, but I did have to give her another enema after she went another week with no poop!
I realize that this is one of the loveliest posts I've written and I hope that you read it just in time for dinner!
Meatball Mary seems to have met her match with avocado, but fortunately she's happy and healthy . . . and still deliciously chunky. I mean there are tan lines in her rolls for crying out loud.