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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…


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. ūüôā ) 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…


Diabetic Pregnancy: Third Trimester.

Blood Sugars, Infertility and Pregnancy By June 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Ten weeks left until the little man arrives, which means I’m in the third trimester and ready to fast forward through the summer. ¬†FAST. ¬†FORWAAAAAAAAARD!! Swelling. ¬†So far, so good. ¬†I don’t have any swelling to speak of, which is a far cry from my first pregnancy, when I was in StayPuft mode starting around 28 weeks and stayed there…


The Thin, Red Line.

Blood Sugars By May 10, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 9 Comments

For the last few days, I’ve been sick. ¬†Sicker than I’ve been in several years – a man cold morphing into a respiratory infection¬†with an agenda, evolving into nausea that rivaled all my morning sickness put together, crashing into having to visit the doctor and cancel a trip to California this week. ¬†(For the record, I’ve never had to cancel…


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…