Motherhood

Five truths about motherhood from my perspective.

1. It’s difficult: I know. I went there and said it. It’s a beautiful blessing but it can be stressful. When your newborn cries all night no matter what you do. When your seven year old is sick and can’t sleep. When you worry about your parenting skills and hope to the heavens you’re doing this right. It’s all so difficult. Not something I’d give up but I’m allowed to wish things were a little easier sometimes. Okay, a lot of the time.

2. You’ll fall in love: As a mother, no matter what, you’re going to fall so deep in love with these little people in your life. The sticky, crying, kissable little people you’ve created will steal your heart. After having my first and giving her every drop of love I could muster I thought for sure I’d never be able to love another person so much. And then I had my son and somehow my heart grew ten times bigger and I fell in love with him, too. My heart overflows for these two kids. It’s an amazing, incredibly breathtaking, experience. That’s the only way to explain it.

3. You’re going to be exhausted: People told me lies. I’m here to tell you the truth. Those long sleepless nights with your newborn don’t go away. They are fewer and far between but they’re still there. At 3 am when your toddler has a tummy ache, when your seven year old has a nightmare, you will be right there. Wide awake. While they sleep, toss and turn, or are puking up their guts… You’ll be there. Every cough will startle you awake. Jolt you from the deepest slumber. For the rest of your life as a parent. That’s the truth. But it’s okay because it shows you care. That’s how much you love your kids that you’re willing to go nights without sleep and then juggle the world the next day. The good part is you won’t remember how exhausted you were when you look back. You’ll just remember all the sweet moments.

4. It’s expensive: I know that’s a give in but lemme tell ya…I didn’t realize how expensive. Between diapers, formula, and everything in between you’d need quite a few bucks in the back. And they don’t get cheaper as they grow. They’ll wanna play sports or they’ll decide they want to be an artist so you’ll need all those supplies. On the other side of that coin is the pride and joy you’ll feel when you’re cheering them on after kicking the winning goal. The excitement that runs through you when you’re showing off their latest art piece. It’s what makes spending your last dime on them worth it.

5. It’s all worth it: Despite the mixture of emotions I’ve displayed here I can say with my whole heart that I wouldn’t give up a second of this crazy, beautiful, exhausting thing called motherhood. I just wouldn’t. My life wouldn’t be the same without my children. They’ve taught me so many things in just the short time they’ve been in my life. Patience, unconditional love, patience… Yeah you’ll need a lot of that, and most importantly appreciation. An appreciation of all the tiny moments. The laughs and giggles, the smiles, and all the hugs.

Kid Art

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I love when my daughter draws, paints, and colors. I’m a huge advocate of spreading ones creative wings. Discovering what you can do with a few tools and your imagination. Over the years her art has gotten better and better. This picture is of her little brother. She was very proud of it and so am I. So much so that I had to share it for todays wordless Wednesday.
Hope you’ve found a reason to smile today.

Level Foods Review

Recently I started looking into level foods, quite a few of my fellow diabetic friends love their products, so I figured I’d research them a bit. If you don’t know much about them level foods is a US based company founded by Ethan, a type one diabetic, who strives to help you take control of your life and your diabetes. Their products make living with diabetes easier by providing healthy, delicious, snacks or shakes that keep your blood sugars level and give you the boost of energy you need to get you through the day.

Sounds awesome, right? I thought so.

After following Level Foods on Facebook to see what they were all about I was lucky enough to win one of their giveaways. My prize was a box of chocolatey peanut crunch and I was very excited to give them a try.

Side note: I received my box very fast which made me even happier.

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Let’s get to the fun part. The taste and my thoughts.
I wasn’t surprised by the taste. It was what you’d expect from something that is a better choice for you. The dark chocolate and peanuts covered up a lot of that cardboard taste you get with some protein bars. I liked it. But I wasn’t in love. What I loved was that I had eaten this bar before work and my blood sugar levels were amazing. No spikes. No lows. Everything stayed in range and I had a little extra pep in my step, too. Another plus? I wasn’t completely famished by the time I got my lunch break.

I would recommend level foods to all my diabetic friends strictly for the blood sugar results. This particular product, chocolatey peanut crunch, was not my favorite but with such a variety of flavors in bars and shakes I’m sure I’ll find something that suits my taste buds.

If you are looking for products to try head on over to your local Target. They have all sorts of Level Foods products and if you have cartwheel you can find discounts on them as well.

Have you tried Level Foods before? Thoughts? Favorite flavors?

Tasty Thursday

Ladies and gentlemen this Tasty Thursday segment is brought to you by Influenster and Reese’s peanut butter chocolate spreads…

I admit that I don’t post much about foods. Being a type one diabetic I can say that my relationship with food can be a rocky one sometimes. I rarely find treats that I consider bolus worthy but when I do I hold on tight.

Recently I was given the opportunity to try a new product compliments of influenster:

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Reese’s peanut butter chocolate spreads. That’s fun to say ten times fast. Now, I’ve tried other spreads before and thought they were decent. This one however combines my love of chocolate and peanut butter. How could a girl resist. Especially since it’s only 21 carbs for 2 tablespoons. That ratio might seem a bit outrageous but for just a little tasty snack before or after dinner it is actually plenty. On one piece of toast I only used maybe one tablespoon. Same goes for everything else I’ve enjoyed with this spread. Truly, a little goes a long way.

Enough about the numbers. Let’s talk taste. Yum. It’s everything you could hope for in one 13 ounce jar. (Sorry, I did say no more numbers, right!?) It’s like eating Reese’s peanut butter cups. Only not? I’ve tried it on apples, pretzels, and toast. All amazing. Of course my husband loves it too. In fact he’s the one who suggested it be a morning treat on toast.

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I have to say that overall it’s worth the cost, around the three dollar mark, and worth the carb intake. I can’t get enough. It’s delicious. Don’t take my word for it though try it yourself. I bet you’d agree.

If you’ve tried it before what have you paired with it?

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own and I was paid in no way for them.

Raising girls and boys.

For a very long time I only had to worry about raising one kiddo. My daughter. I wasn’t intimidated by raising a girl, I know all about them, because I happen to be one.

I knew from the word go that I wanted to teach her independence because support from others is wonderful but sometimes you have to dig deep within and pull yourself up by the bootstraps. I wanted to teach her strength because there will be days where you will feel defeated, for whatever reason, and just want to give up but with strength you’ll be able to find a little extra something inside of you that will keep you moving forward. I wanted to show her through my example that sometimes life doesn’t always turn out the way you’d think or hope but that shouldn’t stop you from following your dreams and achieving goals. You can be whatever or whoever you want despite obstacles with so much hard work. And speaking of hard work, I wanted to teach her that you will feel such pride when you accomplish something with hard work and a positive attitude.

Overall I want to teach her through our everyday life that people, as well as yourself, deserve love and respect. It’s okay to trust people so long as you are alert and aware that not everyone is nice. Be you and don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. Don’t ever, ever, change who you are for someone because anyone that doesn’t accept the beautiful person you are doesn’t deserve to be in your life. The same goes for how we treat others.

These, and so many more, are lessons I want to be instilled in her soul.

When I found out I was having a boy I wondered what I would teach him. What lessons am I supposed to instill in him? But other than the obvious differences between the two nothing changes. I want them both to be helpful, honest, wonderful people. Beams of light in a sometimes murky world.

I won’t know how I’ve done until they’re a bit older but I can see such potential in my oldest. Her heart is filled with so much love. I hope my son follows suit.

What are some important lessons you’re instilling in your children?

New year, new me.

I’ve never been much of a resolutions girl. I thought it seemed silly to willingly set myself up for failure. Every year I would set these incredibly ambitious and somewhat impossible goals and every year I’d find myself with a list of unfinished tasks, ideas, hopes and dreams.

Instead I just live.

I go through the year living life. Remembering to laugh and smile. Reminding myself to relax more and not be so obsessed with the cleaning. I go through each day thankful and ready for anything. Then, at the end of the year I see what I’ve accomplished. Because if you’re living your life to the fullest and never missing an opportunity to learn and grow then I bet you have quite a few things to be proud of at the end of the year.

After some careful thought here’s what I came up with for my 2014.

At the beginning of 2014 I was tired of my diabetes making me feel icky and I was tired of ignoring my health. I was managing here and there but I wasn’t taking charge. So I sought out an endocrinologist and began using a dexcom (CGM or Continuous Glucose Monitor) I also took a scary jump into the world of insulin pumping. I knew that if I was going to take my life and health seriously I’d need the right tools for me. I’m happy to report that my diabetes has become a tamed, somewhat annoying, but tamed beast. My A1c hasn’t been higher than a 6.2 (that’s with pregnancy) and my everyday numbers have been better than I could ever have imagined. I’m proud of myself and can now say that if I can do it so can you.

Another exciting adventure was work. I was officially hired on in January after the Christmas season was over with and it thrills me that a year later I am still working hard and showing what a team player I am. I thought juggling work with diabetes management and home life would end my sanity but it hasn’t been bad at all. (My husband gets a shout out for all his help)

In March of 2014 I found out I was expecting baby number two. This excited and scared the heck out of me. Pregnancy with my first was far from prefect and I felt like I’d be tempting fate. I had just started on the pump and wasn’t sure how things would go. I worried constantly about my blood sugars and how my numbers affected him. I couldn’t wait for delivery day because it meant he was free from the complications my disease could cause him. I’m excited to say that my little man is now two months old and bringing my little family so much joy.

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There were truly so many beautiful events that took place last year that I felt overwhelmed with love when the ball dropped welcoming 2015. I know that if this new year is half as good as 2014 was then I’ll still have so much to be thankful for at the end of the year.

I hope to continuing kicking diabetes butt and just enjoying life with my wonderful family and friends.

Continue wearing those smiles everyone. :)