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5 likes and dislikes about being a diabetic mom!

A fellow blogger suggested I make this post after the 5 likes and dislikes about being a mom. Great idea! And I’m sure other diabetic moms out there will be able to relate! If you’re diabetic and don’t have kids, here’s what you can be expecting later in life about being a mommy!

5 likes:

  1. Healthy lifestyle! Having a baby gave me a great reason to take (better) care of my diabetes. I need to be as healthy as I can to be there for him later in life!;
  2. Are you a couch potato? Not anymore! Running after your toddler will have your BG drop often! At least in -my- case…;
  3. Healthy foods! Watch those carbs, eat more vegetables! Before being diabetic, I would eat anything, really. And Probably would give Aaden a “HappyMeal” much more often. Now that I know what foods can actually do to him, because of what I’ve learned as a diabetic, Aaden has a healthy lifestyle!;
  4. Amazing snacks! Seriously. When I’m low, I tend to look for anything high in carbs. Now, I tend to grab snacks I buy for Aaden, which in turn are pretty delicious and healthier!;
  5. A reason -never- to give up. Sometimes, as most diabetics will feel, I get really bummed out. Angry at life for giving me this disease. Not getting up in the morning sounds like a great idea… But when you hear your child babbling in his crib in the morning, laugh with you during the day and fall asleep in your arms at night, you’ve truly have found a reason to never, ever give up.

5 dislikes:

  1. Hypoglycemias. On their own, they are manageable. With a screaming kid clamped to your leg, it’s extremely infuriating;
  2. Pump users, warning! Aaden thinks the transparent tube that sometimes is dangling out of my pants is an amazing toy and tends to yank on it often;
  3. Dangerous wandering test strips. Sometimes I don’t realize it but I’ve dropped a used test strip on the floor. Aaden likes to taste everything that’s on the floor. Yeah, you know where I’m going with that;
  4. The fear that he might become diabetic. Sure, anyone could become type 1 or type 2. But being diabetic, your child has even more chances. I really wish Aaden to stay healthy, always.
  5. Pregnancy. I hated my pregnancy. The whole thing. Gaining 62 lbs, having to take 50 units for breakfast instead of 6, constantly having to readjust my insulin intake because of continuously raging hormones… Not cool!

What about you? If your a diabetic mom, I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you’re not a mom yet, what are your fears and expectations?

Raspberries on the cheek!

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3 thoughts on “5 likes and dislikes about being a diabetic mom!

  1. Well, I’m not a mom, but #1 on your list is also #1 for me. I decided to switch from MDI to a pump at the same time I decided to become a dad. #5 is along the same lines. I want to be able to enjoy my kids now, and I want to make sure my kids can still enjoy me later on.

    I don’t agree with your #3, though. While I do try to be somewhat healthy with my older son’s meals (my younger one hasn’t graduated to solid foods yet), I don’t want to restrict what he can eat either. If it’s hot out and the ice-cream truck pulls up to the playground, I’ll let him have that Spongebob Squarepants ice pop. He’s a good kid, it makes him happy, and he can eat it. We know that it won’t CAUSE type-1 diabetes or anything! (As for what we eat at home, I think “not unhealthy” is more accurate than “healthy”).

    Dislike #4 is a big concern of mine. Any time one of my kids acts a little different, or isn’t feeling quite right, I wonder. Maybe after they reach their eighth birthday (I was diagnosed at 7), I’ll breathe a sigh of relief, but until then I just hope they don’t have to deal with the same thing as me.

    • Haha yeah. I know what you mean about the healthy part! I think I should use your term “Not unhealthy” instead haha! What I mean is that before being diabetic and having Aaden, I would go out for dinner at least 3 times a week and would rather go have a Big Mac than have to cook anything for myself.

      Once in a while He has his treats, especially if he sees his grandpa who feeds him approximately everything he’s not allowed to eat LOL

  2. cafesatsunset on said:

    I’m not a mom and I’m not diabetic, but having educated myself about diabetes (my friend Carlos is T2 at The Sugar Files) I’ve read stories about hypoglycemia – your #1 dislike. These stories are so scary! I’ve read stories of people crashing — losing consiousness while doing something like driving. It’s such a scary thought to think that this can happen at anytime. I guess you just have to keep positive and stay on top of your insulin?

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