Sunday, July 5, 2009

A weekend of firsts!

On Friday Elise had ice cream for the first time, and on Saturday she got to try strawberry shortcake! You should have seen her chow down, it was so cute!

Some friends had a 4th of July barbeque, and were sweet enough to plan it around Elise's meal schedule (I LOVE people who do this for us - the husband is a PA, so her "gets" the medical stuff). I volunteered to bring the dessert so I would know exactly what was in it and Elise could have some.

She also had hamburger for the first time (we usually make turkey burgers), but she wasn't a huge fan. In fact, she liked the steamed broccoli a lot better!

It was a little sad to see her watch the other kids eat whatever they wanted, especially when she would turn to us and say, "want some?" We'd try to offer her some meat or cheese, but she'd refuse and start getting upset.

If you had a child that was dx very young, how did you deal with this? Obviously, she doesn't understand that she can't eat whatever, whenever. And she's too young for us to explain it to her. I've started to not eat in front of her at home, or only eat when she is, but out in the "real world", it doesn't work that way. Any tips on how to handle this?

And I know I forgot to say it yesterday, but Happy 4th to my American friends!


  1. When Addy was little, a little bowl of sugar free cool whip was the same as a dish of ice cream to her.

    Sugar free jello was another favorite. I'd cut it up into shapes and she loved it.

    A little popcorn makes for an easy low carb snack too.

    As she's gotten older, it's become harder and harder. I have made it a point to tell Addy that I will never deny her food. If she's hungry, I'll find something for her -- it might end up being green beans, but I'll come up with something. The same goes for carb foods...I tell her all the time that she just needs to tell me so I can give her insulin -- it's not necessary to sneak snacks...we'll figure something out.

    The last thing I want is for Addy to become resentful and develop a poor relationship with food.

    Having been on NPH/Reg, I can say that Lantus/Novolog does help this issue - to an extent. The pump has virtually eliminated it altogether. (Except when she's high and we need to wait for her numbers to come down.)

    She started pumping when she was 3. Her endo started trying to get me to consider it when she was 2. Now she's 6. Time really flies.

    I'd have to say that, these days, celiac presents more of a food challenge, but we always manage to figure it out :)

  2. Absolutely pick my brain! Ask anything you want! My daughter was diagnosed 10 days before her 3rd birthday. She is now 7. She has been on a pump for 2 years now. It is never easy. Having support is key and I am lucky to have found a supportive group of D moms in my area and now on the World Wide Web!

  3. National Headquarters:
    The American Academy of Pediatrics
    141 Northwest Point Boulevard
    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098
    847/434-8000 (Fax)
    Washington, DC Office:
    The American Academy of Pediatrics
    Department of Federal Affairs
    601 13th Street, NW
    Suite 400 North
    Washington, DC 20005 USA
    202/393-6137 (Fax)


  4. You said:
    "She also had hamburger for the first time (we usually make turkey burgers), but she wasn't a huge fan. In fact, she liked the steamed broccoli a lot better!"

    Broccoli? I hate to tell you this, but your child is an alien from another galaxy.


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