While watching TV after our girls had gone to bed, we heard a thunk thunk, thunk thunk. It sounded just like the noise your washing machine makes when you fill it too full and it has too many clothes on one side during the spin cycle. I pretended not to hear it until he turned to me and said, “Do you have a load in the washing machine?” Apparently, I overload the machine too much. With a sigh, I said no.
I knew exactly what the noise was…tomatoes! I got up and peaked into my oldest daughter’s bedroom. There she was banging her legs against the wall. Yup, tomatoes! We had just re-introduced them into our diet a few days prior. Within days, she was having troubles sleeping, the wiggles were back and her outdoor voice welcomed itself back indoors. TOMATOES!
How could such a healthy fruit (we will debate whether it is truly a fruit or vegetable later) have such a big impact on my little girl? I was not ready to give up on them quite yet. How could I know if it really was the tomatoes? Maybe it was just a delayed reaction to daylight savings time? Yes, I know that was several weeks ago. But a girl can dream, can’t she?
Well, there was only one way to find out. We would have to bid them adieu and that is just what we did. This probably would have answered our question, except for one teensy weensy problem. I decided to re-introduce the grape in the meantime. I know, “What are you thinking Susan!”
In my defense, hindsight is always 20/20. Yes, knowing she was having a reaction to salicylates in one fruit, probably meant we should not have reintroduced any new foods for awhile. Okay, that is exactly what it meant, but we just wanted to eat something other than a pear, banana or pineapple. Can you honestly blame me?
Needless to say this decision wiped out almost two months of hard work in one short week. I had to come to grips with my own denial and quickly. It was then I was reminded of something a friend always says, “No one said this was going to be easy , but they also didn’t say it would be this hard!” And with that, we said our farewells to stage two foods. It will not be easy, but in the end it will be worth all the hard work.