Pregnancy & Motherhood

Pregnancy & Motherhood

Focusing on Mommy

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I know that in order to take the best care of my daughter I have to first take care of myself, but it is so hard.  Time flies by and before I know it five hours have passed and I have not tested my blood sugar.  Instead, I was feeding, bathing, diapering, playing, etc…

Worry

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My husband took our daughter to her 1-year checkup.  During the visit, she had to get the iron in her blood tested.  The doctor did this by pricking her finger to draw blood.  My husband came home from the appointment and marveled at how well she did with the finger prick.  Apparently, she watched very intently as the nurse pricked her finger and squeezed enough blood out of her finger, but did not flinch or cry. 

High-Tech Toy

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What is small, colorful, lights up, has twisty tubes, and goes with me everywhere?  The best toy ever?  Nope…but my daughter thinks so.  She thinks it is great that Mommy always has a really cool high-tech toy clipped to her pants.  She loves to play hide and seek the insulin pump.  She gets bonus points if she follows the tubing to my insertion site.

NICU

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When my daughter Elliot was born I saw her for a minute before she was whisked away to the NICU.  I did not see her again until 24 hours later.  My husband brought me pictures and videos, which was nice, but a poor substitute for holding her.  I did not get to count her fingers and toes or touch her hair. 

My Delivery

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It quickly became very clear at the beginning of my pregnancy that I had a ton of doctor’s appointments in my future.  The good thing about being high risk is that I had every test under the sun and felt very comfortable that my baby was healthy and well taken care of. Another bonus was the sheer amount of sonograms I had.  I have a lot more pictures of my daughter still in my belly than my non-high risk friends do of their children.

Planning for Pregnancy

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I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May of 2009 when I was 25 years old.  I was diabetes free for many of my life’s major milestones: prom, dating, college, and my first job.  In fact, my wedding was the first of my life’s “big events” I experienced with diabetes.  The second one, when I decided to have a baby.

The Sisterhood brings new moms together

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Sheri Barnes, Audrey Moore, and Kelli Turner have a few things in common: they live in the Raleigh, NC area, have recently become first-time mothers, and live wtih diabetes. They met at DiabetesSisters' PODS Meetups and the Weekend for Women Conference. They recently visited the DiabetesSisters' office and sat down to discuss their experiences while preparing to become pregnant, during their journey, and now, as mothers living with diabetes and taking care of their small children.

Diabetes 101

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After finding out at my 28 week appointment that I had gestational diabetes, my next thought was "OK.  Now what?"  I was signed up for an informational class the following week to educate me on all things diabetes(well, as much as you can find out in 2 hours).  Once again my husband came along to the class to offer support.  I am so new to the world of diabetes, but I have already learned how important it is to have a support system when faced with a health issue.  I hope you all have someone to lean on during your diabetes journey.  

Introduction (Jennifer)

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Hello there, beautiful diabetes Sisters!  I am so excited to write my first blog EVER, and the fact that it is for diabetessisters.com is awesome!  I have been a longtime follower and fan of this site (and its founder), but I honestly never thought I’d be able to share a meaningful viewpoint on diabetes.  Until now…

What Now?

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This past week, I had my 6-week follow-up appointment with my OB.  Everything with me checked out, so I have been released to begin physical activity again.  Now I can begin to lose that baby weight, which should be an interesting challenge with having a little one in the house.  We also discussed my plans for any future pregnancies and how long I plan on waiting.  But for now, I'm enjoying my life as a new mom and learning about my daughter.  Keeping up with her and diabetes will always be a balancing act because I want to spend all my time taking care of her but I need to take care of myself first.