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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m having a rough time living a dairy-free life for the benefit of my son. Don’t get me wrong, I’m gladly doing it because it means providing my son with the best possible nutrition. But it hasn’t been easy, and there are so many dairy foods that I miss on a daily basis. I seriously ate cheese every.single.day. I ate ice cream and chocolate at least once a week, and I indulged in cheesecake when we went out to eat. Not to mention that my favourite pasta sauces have dairy in them and pizza is one of my favourite foods. So it has been a rough three months, and will continue to be rough for about nine more.

Recently, at a holiday gathering, I met a woman who had been diagnosed with a beef protein allergy (including dairy!) as an adult. She suggested that I try rice “cheese”. Her recommendation came with a disclaimer that it’s nowhere near as good as cheese and you certainly wouldn’t eat it on its own, but that it could be acceptable when used in cooking, like on pizza or nachos.

So I decided to give it a try!

I bought cheddar-flavored rice cheese, and decided to make nachos. I went into it with an open mind and low expectations.

The first thing I noticed when taking it out of the package was the difference in texture. The rice cheese feels very slimy and slightly gritty compared to regular cheese. The color is also slightly off. It has a greenish-grey tinge to it. It’s not all that noticeable if you’re just looking at the rice cheese on its own. But when compared to real cheese, there’s definitely a difference in color.

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See? The rice cheese is on the right.

You can also see from the picture that it did grate very nicely. It didn’t crumble or mush up. It grated just like cheese would. So that was a point in its favour.

It did not, however, melt like real cheese. I had these nachos in the oven for a little longer than hubby’s real cheese nachos, but it wasn’t nearly as melted.

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It did soften up a little. But, as you can see, I nearly burnt up the chips trying to get the cheese to melt. And the cheese itself dried up and got crunchy in some places instead of going gooey and melty.

Overall, it wasn’t bad. It wasn’t gooey and creamy like cheese, and it didn’t melt as well. But, for what it is, it wasn’t bad. I certainly wouldn’t eat it often, and I definitely wouldn’t eat it on its own. But it’s acceptable enough to use on pizza or nachos occasionally to help satisfy a craving and get me through my dairy-free year.

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Here we are – one week away from Christmas. As I look back over the last year, I can’t help but think about how much has changed…

Last December, my husband and I decorated our house and put up our tree during the time we had off together while grieving our miscarriage. Merriment was the furthest thing from my mind. We opted not to visit our extended families during the holidays because we knew we’d be asked about when we planned to have children, and the idea of that was too much to bear. It was a somber time in our lives.

This year is anything but somber. We are celebrating our son’s first Christmas. It’s going to be hectic and crazy, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Decorating the tree was a fantastic memory. We have tons of photos incorporating our son into our traditions. We will be visiting lots of family. We will get to play Santa for the first time ever.

This holiday season will be truly amazing.

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Don’t call me ‘mom’!

A little vent.

I’m sick of being called ‘mom’ by people who did not make their entrance to the world through my vagina. Apparently my name no longer exists.

“How are you today, mom?”

“How’s the little man, mom?”

“Looking good, mom!”

If you are not my child, do not call me mom. Please and thank you. I have a name. I am a person.

End rant.

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It’s hard to believe, but my baby boy had his two month checkup yesterday! I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone!

My husband had to work (and was completely heartbroken that he couldn’t attend the appointment) so I brought my sister along for moral support. I was seriously expecting to cry when Alexander cried during the immunizations. But I was brave and didn’t shed a tear. 😉

Alexander handled it quite well too. He only gave a few little cries just as the needle was given, and behaved marvelously for the rest of the appointment. He now weighs 11 pounds exactly and is 58 cm long.

I seriously can’t believe how fast time is going… 😦

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I’m not even sure how I discovered Baby Rabies – maybe it was through something I googled or maybe it was mentioned on a forum I participate in – but I am soooo glad I did. It has quickly become my new obsession and I find myself spending too much time reading her backlog of posts dating all the way back to 2007. I absolutely love honest, uncensored accounts of motherhood, and Baby Rabies is definitely that!

I bet you’re wondering how exactly a new mom with a needy baby manages to spend hours a day reading mommy blogs. I do it when I’m breastfeeding. Now before you get all judgmental, I don’t spend every minute of my breastfeeding experience attached to my phone or iPad. There are times when my sweet little man looks up at me with his big bluer than blue eyes and he’s feeding so gently and calmly that my heart melts and I spend the entire time just soaking up every ounce of cuteness I can get. Those are the times when I snuggle him just a bit closer and gush to him about how loved he is. But there are also times when he’s screeching like a howler monkey and coming at my breast like a rabid dog for the ninth time in as many hours, and the idea of feeding him again is enough to make me want to throw in the towel and hand both baby and a bottle of formula to my husband and call it quits. Those are the times when a refreshingly honest mommy blog is just what I need to distract me through a feeding.

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Yup, cheeseless pizza sucks.

I write this while choking down my crappy cheeseless pizza and watching my husband chow down on gooey delicious pizza covered in mozzarella goodness.

Have I mentioned that I’m a little bitter about breastfeeding a baby who likely has a cows milk protein sensitivity?! Don’t get me wrong, I’ll do whatever I have to do to give my baby the best possible nutrition during those ever-important early months – including give up all of my favorite foods. (And I do mean ALL of my favorite foods!) But it really does suck. Pizza, for instance, will never be quite the same. It’s dry and not at all appetizing.

Even with extra sauce.

Even with lots of extra herbs and spices.

Even with bacon crumbled over the top.

Conclusion? Cheeseless pizza sucks!

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