It is finished. Lil' Wingnut is completely potty trained AND weaned! Potty training was an absolute cinch. It helps that he is a pretty smart little cookie and loves any kind of praise, what-so-ever. Weaning turned out to be a cinch, too. I just sat the little guy down and let him know that he is now three and too big to nurse any more. He did try to charm me. He did try to cajole me. He did try to guilt me. But I stood firm. He really is remarkably reasonable for a three year old.
We have concluded that Lil' Wingnut is indeed allergic to dairy, not just lactose intolerant. So far it has not been that difficult to remedy. Thanks to the wisdom of those that have tread before me (Tonya), I am substituting rice milk in all our baked goods, pancakes, waffles and whatnot. Rice milk is a terrific substitute and actually makes cakes and brownies more moist than if I had used cow's milk. The little guy isn't too keen on drinking it straight, but I can't really blame him. It does taste a bit strange.
Ice cream is an easy fix, as well. He likes the So Delicious soy ice cream as long as we make it "special" by adding sprinkles. I've tried it and it isn't too bad. Sorbet is also an excellent option, especially chocolate.
Cheese seems to be the real problem. He really likes his cheese and this has been a real sacrifice for him. Lil' Wingnut loves pizza and lasagna and mac-n- cheese. I've been peeling the cheese off of his pizza, but I'm still at a loss as to what to do about all the wonderful fall and winter dishes I make that feature cheese. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!