I'm sorry I haven't come back to post our story. I was distracted by the birth of my niece!
I am doing the GAPS diet for DD as she has had tons of constipation/withholding issues since starting solids, and other random problems like spotty eczema, cradle cap, and itchy dry skin. She also got a string of colds/flus/stomach bugs at the end of last year and had gotten much skinnier, with dark circles under her eyes.
She's been on the intro diet, without excluding butter, for a couple of months now. At first, I was making almond & coconut flour pancakes around the clock for her (is maple syrup allowed, btw?). After about a week, it seemed like her cravings had completely subsided, and she hasn't asked for pancakes since. She began accepting new foods and eating a ton more fat and protein (and solids in general) than before.
She also started having 1-2 soft stools per day - easily, and without prompting or coercion by me. This in itself is a MIRACLE!! And I don't feel I am overstating that. She was straining to have huge poops every 4-7 days, usually with the help of supositories, prior to the diet.
We have had some slip-ups, and I'm terribly frustrated with DH for basically sabotaging us at every opportunity. This morning, for example, I was sick in bed while he made DD pancakes w/wheat flour, then took her to Chick-fil-A for lunch. He knows she likes turkey bacon and shakes for breakfast, and that there were hot dogs in the fridge for lunch.
We go through a lot of crispy almonds (a la NT), Jennie's coconut macaroons, and bananas to keep DD fed while we're out and about. She also loves the banana "ice cream" and I feel like she is going to turn into a banana! I am a nanny/babysitter, so sometimes it's hard to explain why other kids are eating chips and crackers. But all in all DD is very understanding. My friend gave her an animal cracker inadvertently the other day, which she dutifully brought over to me as soon as I knew what was going on.
I know I need to do more though. I've gotten her on a fish oil supplement, but haven't been consistent with probiotics, or figured out how to get her to take CLO. Her skin is still dry and itchy periodically. And I have no clue how to get DH on board with all this. He is really the GAPS person in the household, with dyslexia, IBS, dermatitis and anxiety issues. We did really well on the South Beach Diet prior to our wedding, and he knows carbs are his enemy (he is about 25 lbs overweight), but it's like pounding my head against a brick wall to take that extra step to get us 100%. A lot of it IS me, too. I am addicted to Chick-fil-A, and try to grab it whenever DD is asleep and I have the opportunity. DH says I'm a hypocrite and depriving DD of "treats". I say I'm trying to keep her healthy and prevent her from the same addictions he and I have. I really need to take the next step myself. I know I'll feel better, and I'd be setting the example DH needs to see.
So that's where we're at. I'm glad to see we have company!!