There are some very cool moms at the veggiemoms meetings. Yes, babies and kiddos are definitely welcome! I bring Jonathan (28mo) and Hannah (6mo).
Have you noticed more of a difference, now that it's been about a week or so? A friend told me that it takes 2 weeks or so before dairy is fully out of the system. I noticed a difference after about a week, and even more so after about 3 weeks.
It's getting easier. Christmas was the hardest, with all the cookies and desserts containing butter. Wasn't worth being up with a cranky Hannah half the night, but extremely tempting.
Whole Foods has Soy Dream ice cream, and my new favorite dessert is dairy-free brownies (I bought a box mix from Whole Foods, and used organic canola oil instead of butter) with the Soy Dream Butter Pecan ice cream. Yummmmmmmmmmmmy!
Also, if you do like the flavor of butter (on bread or in cooking), Earth's Balance is a "butter" spread that is 100% vegan and Non-GMO. Organic canola oil works well in cooking as a butter sub.