Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Celiac Baby Turns Four! Thank You!

Today is a special day. Four years ago I was a struggling mom trying to wrap my head around my son's new gluten free life. He was not yet two years old, and had been sick and suffering for so long that when removing gluten from his diet started making him better, I felt as though we had been handed a miracle. Parents who have watched their kids battle constant illness, who are underweight no matter what you try, who always in pain and suffering, will understand the relief I felt when the doctor was able to rule out things like Cystic Fibrosis and instead confirmed that by changing his diet we could change his health. Although I was grateful to have found the cause of his troubles, I was also overwhelmed at just how difficult it really is to eliminate ALL sources of gluten.

I started Celiac Baby as a bit of a cry for help, and four years on I'm proud to say that others who are where I used to be now turn to me for advice. It feels great to know that I can help someone turn gluten free into their new normal. I now offer free 30 minute phone consultations to those who are brand new to gluten free, as well as paid follow up consultations and an S.O.S. package to get you started on your journey. My newsletter is ready to be ramped up for 2015, with freebies, sneak peeks, and exclusive content just for subscribers, so if you haven't already, be sure to sign up to the right of this article. Like always, I love connecting with readers, so be sure to connect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, or by leaving me a comment below.

I'm not going to lie. It's not always easy to be gluten free, just as it's not always easy to care for a gluten free child. Everything takes extra preparation, from ordering take-out to attending gatherings or going on vacation. Even something as simple as Halloween or school celebrations cause concern.
But it's worth it to know that my son is thriving thanks to the efforts my husband and I make to feed him food that will nourish his little body instead of damage it.

Our happy and healthy son, four years after going gluten free

This year has been a year of huge changes for me, and next year is looking to be full of new adventures as well. We sold our house in August in preparation for moving to Europe in 2015, and as a result the posting frequency on the blog dropped considerably the second half of the year. Instead of posting 4-5 times a week like usual, I was lucky to be posting once every two weeks. I stopped writing some of my regular features, and generally took some much needed time to get things organized with my family.

Now that our plans are set for Europe in 2015, I'm ready to get focused once again. I will be moving Celiac Baby to a new host shortly, and giving the blog a major makeover. I will be reevaluating which features to keep and which to switch out for something new. My posting frequency should go back to normal in the new year, since I have so much to catch you all up on! I will also start offering some great new products and services that will help make gluten free your new normal.

In fact, I've also started a new travel blog and resource site specifically for families who travel gluten free, called Gluten Free Family Travel. That's where I'll be sharing most of my travel related stories, tips, and resources to help make gluten free travel a breeze.

With the family, in Monaco. September 2014.

I'm so grateful for each and every person who reads Celiac Baby!, who interacts with me on social media, and who encourages me to keep writing, keep improving my content, and keep finding new and interesting things to say. You keep me grounded and remind me that although gluten free is a bit of a fad for some, for the rest of us it will continue to be our daily reality long after the attention of the masses has turned to the next great thing. I'll still be here, and I hope you will be too.

Happy Birthday Celiac Baby!

I would also like to note that a much more important birthday is also today. Happy Birthday Mom!

1 comment :

  1. Happy Birthday to Celiac Baby and to your Mom! Looking forward to the makeover and wishing you a smooth transition to a new host. You have done a lot here in four years and you should be quite proud of Celiac Baby.