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Guest Blog: I Dream of Sleep.

Windy is has been a Type 1 diabetic for 22 years and is the wife of Justin and mother of five year old Gabe  and two year old Zoe.  Every once in a blue moon, when she’s not chasing them around, Windy blogs at The Diabetic Domestic Diva, and today she's guest posting here on Six Until Me.  (About sleep.  Sleep?  What's that?) 

Thanks, Windy!    

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Windy and her beautiful  familyI dream of more than four hours of consecutive sleep. 

I remember in college when I would sleep till noon on days I didn’t have morning classes.  I remember those sunny Florida days when I’d drive over to the beach and lay on the warm sand to my little heart’s desire.  Or those romantic weekend newlywed getaways we’d spontaneously galavant off to and lay in each other’s arms till the 11 am check out time.    

But then we had kids.    Glorious kids!!  

I wear many hats in this life... wife, daughter, sister, friend, piano teacher, chef, housekeeper, ... the list goes on and on. One of my favorites, is now "Mommy." As the mother of a 5 year old boy and 2 year old girl, I hear it often, "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!" They always need something. Milk, snacks, diaper changes, a play mate, kiss for their boo boo, and often a referee!  I LOVE being a Mom, and I am blessed that I get to spend a lot of time with my kids, despite the fact that sometimes it's exhausting, and I just want to get a friggin' nap!

Last night something incredible happened.

They both slept all night.

No one had a bad dream.
No one wet the bed.
No one needed a 3 am sippee cup.

We spent the whole day at the beach and just wore them out silly with the swimming, sandcastle building, and burying each other in the sand.

But alas... I was still awoken.

Ah, diabetes.

The third red-headed step child I never wanted. Like a pre-schooler whose been locked in their car seat a little too long and is relentless with a high-pitched whiny voice, "Feed me. Change your infusion set. Charge your Dexcom. BEEEEEEEEEEP!!! Test! Pick up your prescription. Schedule your check up. Ketones? Drink water! BEEEEEEEEP!!"   

Get the picture?

People with diabetes are warriors.  
Members of the Diabetes OC are well aware of this.   
But diabetic moms and dads with young children?
They are Super Warrior Samurai Ninjas.  (You’d agree, Ninjabetic?)   

Kerri, congratulations on entering the amazing world of parenthood!   May your red-headed step child behave so you can enjoy your beautiful BSparl in all her glory!  :0) 

Comments

I totally love the red headed step child analogy! It's so very true.

I consider myself fortunate to have had 3 sleep-through-the-nighters before D entered our house. It does seem like a fourth child sometimes. Those who juggle the nightly interruptions of young children with D have my utmost respect.

Fantastic post and a great picture! Your kids are adorable! One quetion though, what is the "Diabetes OC"??? Thanks for sharing! :)

Hi Lindsey! Sorry, that was my lazy way of referring to the "diabetes online community" of folks! Thanks!

Love, love, love this post!
I am a Type 1 diabetic, and a mom and yes I AM a ninja!!

Super Warrior Samurai Ninjas indeed!

You all who have kids have my utmost respect. It's hard enough to manage my diabetes alone... I couldn't imagine doing it with kids!

LOL I have actual red headed step children LOL

As the mom of a CWD, sleep seems to elude me.

Between the routine demands of children and managing a growing CWD - or a CWD who swam all day - or a CWD who is getting sick - or whatever variable it is....sleep just seems like something I often hear about, but don't believe is a true state of being.

Breastfeeding and managing a young CWD was probably the worst in terms of sleep. Baby up every 2 hours -- sugar checks in between.

It's crazy. This crazy life of raising diabetes.

Wendy, I pray against my children ever having to deal with the D almost every day!!! It's my biggest scariest fear!!!

My husband is a youth pastor, we have a few kids in the youth group with T1 diabetes and each time a parents talks to me about raising their CWD, I just have so much compassion and respect for their dedication to keeping their kids healthy, while trying to make sure they have as "normal" a life as possible!! Stay strong! You rock!

lol Children are wonderful but come with a lot of responsibilities. You will get so use to it that when she is not around you start missing.

Hi Windy -- great to read your post and check out your own blog. I'm a RD,CDE and also mom of a 5 yr old boy and 2 yr old girl (today is her birthday, in fact). Small world. You blog at a pace I can keep up with, btw! lol.

ahhhh...sleep...i remember it well! what a great post! you're right, diabetes does feel like a 4th child of mine...but will it ever grow up?!!

I have often referred to diabetes as the baby of the family...diaper bag=diabetes kit, baby bottle=glucose bottle, etc....except diabetes never grows up and moves away from home!

Thanks for your post! I love reading your blog. Keep up the great work.

"People with diabetes are warriors."

True story. :)

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