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Halfway Point.

Diabetes and Emotions, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By April 20, 2016 Tags: , 11 Comments

We’re a little over 20 weeks into this pregnancy, which means that I’m over halfway done baking (baking? brewing? percolating.) the new little Sparling.  The last twenty weeks have been busy: Doctors appointments.  There are many of these.  We started with the visits to the fertility clinic, where I had a lot of assessment visits and then, once we were…


Living at the Joslin Clinic

Infertility and Pregnancy By December 21, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Last Friday, Chris and I (and BSparl) were at Joslin all day long.  ALL DAY.  But that’s what’s required with type 1 diabetes and pregnancy, so I wanted to recap these appointment for posterity, and for anyone else who is curious about what it takes to manage this whole party.  It’s a long post, but with five different appointments to cover, I want…


Pineapple Express

Diet and Food, Infertility and Pregnancy By December 14, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Hi there.  I’m addicted to pineapple. This week, I’ll be five months pregnant, and it seems like the vitamin C cravings I had early on in my pregnancy are back with a vengeance.  Orange juice (yes, with pulp), kiwi fruit, apples, raisins (even though they’re low in it, I still want them), and pineapple.  To the point where Chris and I bought a…


Update on BSparl

Diabetes and Family, Diabetic Mommy, Infertility and Pregnancy By December 1, 2009 Tags: , , , No Comments

It’s been a long, wonderful day at Joslin, and I have a lot to say, but for now, Chris and I are going to decorate our Christmas tree, drink sugar-free hot chocolate with marshmallows, and grin about our daughter, who is due on May 4th. A little baby girl. I love her so much already. I couldn’t feel happier right…


Baby Flutters

Uncategorized By November 24, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

“Is it too early to be feeling the baby moving?”  I asked my pregnant best friend. “What are you, fifteen weeks along?  No, it’s not too early.  Does it feel like fluttering, or butterfly wings?” I remember when the NBF was at my house over the summer, about five months along in her own pregnancy, and she was convinced she had felt…


Unrealistic Expectations

Infertility and Pregnancy By November 18, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

BSparl is getting bigger.  (And so am I.) I spent a lot of time planning this pregnancy, starting from back in 2003 when I decided to go on an insulin pump.  And even though preparation didn’t begin in earnest until Chris and I were married, having a child has always been something I’ve wanted with my whole heart.  So I read up on…


Two Heartbeats on D-Blog Day

Infertility and Pregnancy By November 9, 2009 Tags: , , , No Comments

The first time we saw him (or her), it was at the emergency room back in Connecticut.  We were only seven weeks into the pregnancy and barely had caught our breath from finding out when the bleeding happened and I panicked.  We spent five hours in the emergency room, poked and prodded and with an IV line at the ready,…


Dexcom and Desperation

Dexcom, Infertility and Pregnancy By November 4, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

For a few weeks, I had a tough run with the Dexcom.  Out of the five sensors I’d used in the last three weeks, three of them had gone kaput on me.  And by “kaput,” I mean that I’d put in a new sensor after Las Vegas and it instantly gave me “???” instead of blood sugar results.  I’ve seen the triple question…


Diabetes, Lovenox, and Bathroom Jane Fonda

Infertility and Pregnancy By October 22, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

The flight to Las Vegas from Boston is a long one – six hours on the way there and five on the way back.  I talked with my doctors before taking the flight, and being pregnant, I’m dealing with an increased threat of deep vein thrombosis.  The Factor V Leiden gene in my body is also a red flag, so these longs flights…


Some Pregnancy (and Diabetes) Stuff

Infertility and Pregnancy By October 21, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Do you know how hard it was to not tell you guys I am pregnant?  Sitting on that information for three months was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done.  There were SO MANY questions I wanted to ask, and so many stories I wanted to share, but I knew it was best to keep my mouth shut until…


Dear Baby

Diabetes and Family, Infertility and Pregnancy By October 14, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Dear Baby, I’ve been thinking about you for a long time. My doctors told me it would be a challenge to have you.  They said that diabetes would be a tricky hurdle as I planned for you.  They said you might not happen.  There were so many reasons to be scared and so many reasons to doubt, but I never gave…


BSparl: 19 Weeks

Infertility and Pregnancy By January 8, 2009 Tags: , , , , No Comments

We’re at the 19 week mark with our baby, and things are starting to change again.  My belly is hard and high, completely obvious now and forcing me to rock NBF’s maternity jeans.  (She rocks, because she can provide some very useful hand-me-downs these days.  And NBF is due any day now!!  Ahem – sorry, I’m so excited!)  Pregnancy symptoms,…