Saturday, December 24, 2011

"And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?"...

Well John Lennon, I had a baby.  And it has been the most exciting, scariest, wonderful, terrifying, exhausting, happiest, challenging time in my life.  As most of you know I have Type 1 Diabetes.  What most of you don't know is how challenging being pregnant with Type 1 diabetes was for me.  And I don't mean challenging because of complications or anything like that.  I mean I truly challenged myself over the past two years to get my A1C results down to a near perfect number.  I  restricted my diet and accounted for nearly every morsel of food that I put in my mouth.  I couldn't have done this without the support of my husband Justin.  At times I could have hurt him, like when he asked during my first trimester of severe blood sugar lows "Why are you doing this to yourself?' (side note- blood sugars run extremely low in 1st trimester for T1 diabetics)  Other times I could have hugged him when he would talk me down from the ledge when I was convinced an out of range sugar was killing the baby.  Or when he drove me in the middle of the night to Beth Israel because I was convinced I had a blood clot only to find out it was water retention.  I also could not have had this baby without the support of my parents especially my mother.  She drove me to countless appointments, held my hand at my EMG, and cried out of excitement the first time she saw Rhea on the ultrasound screen.  My parents let me stay with them when Justin was busy with work and could not make it to my appointments.  They cooked me food and took care of Duke when I was restricted from walking.  And now that she is here it has made all the sacrifice worth it.  They say it takes a village to raise a child and I truly understand that now.   I am so thankful for my family and feel truly blessed this holiday season

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