Infertility and Pregnancy

Legend of SUM: Melasma’s Mask

Infertility and Pregnancy, No Diabetes By August 14, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , 10 Comments

Weird skin week continues, with this post centered on something entirely un-diabetes related: melasma. After Birdy was born in 2010, I noticed that my skin had some new freckle-looking things.  Only they were like dalamation-esque dots of too much pigment and not-enough-pigment, and they made my face look dirty in the summer with the sun bringing out these rotten spots….

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The One About Steel Magnolias

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By April 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

I remember sitting down to watch this movie, not knowing how it ended. “How scary can it be?  Julia Roberts has such a big laugh.  Mom likes Sally Field.  Diabetes in it, too?  That’s cool.  Let’s make some popcorn.” record scratch Narrator’s voice:  Yeah, that was me, around the age of 10.  I didn’t know anything about the movie Steel…

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Guest Post: Giving Birth to Violet as a Woman with Type 1 Diabetes (Part 2)

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Infertility and Pregnancy By July 21, 2017 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Today is part two of Ginger’s guest blog about the birth of her second little bird (part 1 is here). While this post takes a bit of a dangerous turn, things did work out okay!  (And if you’re a woman with type 1 diabetes who has had babies, is curious about having babies, or wants to read about other people…

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Returning to diaTribe.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, SUM in Other Places By June 28, 2017 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

After a long hiatus, I’m back at diaTribe and explaining where the hell I disappeared to: “Diabetes is the dog I don’t like but I still have to be kind to. It barks and occasionally pees on the floor (or worse), it has chewed up at least ten of my shoes, and it jumps up and freaks out whenever the…

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Diabetes Pregnancy: Now and Then, Part Two.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Memories, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By June 15, 2017 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Welcome to the continuation of Laddie’s pregnancy story, showing what pregnancy with type 1 diabetes was like back in 1979 and 1982.  Today is a continuation of her story, with details about her sons’ births, the cost of care, and how diabetes did, and didn’t, play a role in bringing her sons into the world. For more about Laddie’s life…

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Diabetes Pregnancy: Now and Then.

Diabetes Memories, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By June 14, 2017 Tags: , , , , 6 Comments

Managing diabetes and pregnancy in 2010 and then again in 2016 was a lot of hard work, and my story is similar to so many moms in the diabetes community:  a heavy focus on blood sugars, piles of doctor appointments, and dozens of tests for mom and baby.  Today’s management of diabetes and pregnancy is very different than what was…

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The One About the Gym.

Exercise & Fitness, Infertility and Pregnancy By April 26, 2017 Tags: , , 11 Comments

UUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHH the one about the gym. Dude, I wanted to start this post with a story about how hard it’s been to regain traction with losing the baby weight and then end with a BAM I NO LONGER WANT TO BURN MY SHAPEWEAR IN A BONFIRE.  But no.  That is sadly not the case. The road to my last pregnancy…

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From NOPE to Yes.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By February 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

My friend Susan is a huge part of the Postpartum Progress group, and on her Facebook feed I saw an article that she had shared.  I like to see what my friends are working in and sharing in and out of the diabetes space, so I clicked. Reading through the postpartum depression list had me nodding a little bit.  But…

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On the Other Side.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By September 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

The first time I was pregnant, the physical journey was the hardest part for me.  Building a baby, watching blood sugars, dealing with body changes … the list was long but included mostly body changes, and also a boatload of excitement about crossing the threshold into “parenting.”  Back in 2009/2010, it was inconceivable to me that something “bad” would happen during…

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C-Section Party Time, Hey Hey.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By September 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 12 Comments

There’s another kid in my house now, and he’s two weeks old as of this afternoon.  But how did he escape, you ask?  Sunroof exit!  Here is some of the how and why my son came a bit earlier than expected. That Tuesday morning two weeks ago came with the promise of another long drive to Beth Israel hospital in Boston,…

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Four Chairs.

Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy, Real Life Diabetes By August 29, 2016 Tags: , , , 39 Comments

Our kitchen table has four chairs, and for several years, we had our family of three at the table for four.  But three chairs filled felt right at the time. Except when it didn’t.  A few years ago, that fourth chair became this thing for me, like it should have A Person for it.  There was a feeling that someone was…

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Month 8,455 of Pregnancy.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By August 22, 2016 Tags: , , , , 12 Comments

It’s been very quiet here on my blog, and this is because my body and mind entirely are being slowly devoured by the baby.  I’m nine days away from my scheduled c-section (but past 38 weeks, so could go into labor on my own any time) and my body hasn’t ever been this pregnant before. The baby apparently likes being…

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This is every day.

Infertility and Pregnancy By August 15, 2016 3 Comments

No matter what I’m attempting to do, it’s all mapping out this way at the moment: Week 37. Officially the most pregnant I’ve ever been. At least it’s not 834 degrees outside. You might also like: Guest Post: Peer Support, and Mending a Broken Heart. Diabetes Blog Week (Late): Mantra Me. Diabetic Pregnancy: Third Trimester.

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Being a Rotten Patient.

Healthcare, Infertility and Pregnancy By August 10, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 15 Comments

Yesterday, I was a rotten patient. At this point in my previous pregnancy, I had already been in hospital on bedrest for two weeks, so this whole rolling around on the “outside” while a few days shy of 37 weeks pregnant is new to me.  The emotions I felt on bedrest were really volatile and I cried a lot and…

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Spring-Loaded Navel Gazing.

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By August 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 12 Comments

(Edit: I had originally written “naval gazing” instead of “navel gazing.” Thus illustrating the point of this post, which is that my mind is quickly becoming mush. Thanks, Bobby, for the edit. 🙂 ) It’s week 35 of this fetus party.  All I have left to give are bullet points. My stomach moves.  Often.  To be more precise, it’s my…

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