So you're going to have a baby! Congrats! Babies are awesome!
What's that? You also have a tiny type 1? Okay, okay... no need to panic. You can do this. You can. I've been doing it for over 4 months now, and I'm still alive and mostly sane. Here's my little guide on how:
2. Make food ahead of time. Like, lots of food. Like, the apocalypse is coming and you need to feed your family for a year, food. There are a ton of great "freezer food" websites out there. I looked up a bunch of recipes, spent a few days making up the dishes (complete with carb counts), and stacked them in my freezer in the garage. Now, if I have a particularly hellish day, I know that at least I don't have to worry about dinner.
3. You'll need to learn how to check BG one handed. Because it will always happen that as soon as you sit down to feed your baby, your other child will need his or her BG checked. To practice this, hold your cat or small dog (or if you don't have one, a sack of potatoes will do) in one arm, while cleaning and poking your child's finger and loading the strip into the meter. Bonus points if you don't get an Er5 on the first try. Extra bonus points if you can learn to give a shot one handed.
4. I swore I never wanted a pacifier baby, but the pacifier has been an invaluable tool in keeping Mattias occupied while tending to Elise's needs. Buy pacifiers. Lots of them.
2. This one depends on your personality, but being on a schedule does make life a lot easier. But I loves me a schedule, so don't force it upon yourself if it's not how you roll.
3. When you are going to be doing anything with the baby that might take a bit of time (feeding, bathing etc.), check your child's BG to set your mind at ease. There is nothing like settling down to nurse your starving baby, only to hear your other child say, "I don't feel good" (or whatever the phrase of choice is for a low). This is where a CGM is awesome. I can not only see her BG, but make sure she's not dropping.
4. When you do sit down to nurse/feed, or bathe your baby, make sure you have everything you need within arms reach. This usually means meter, and something for a low. I started carrying smarties in my socks (if I didn't have any pockets).
5. If you don't already have one, start a blog so you can rant about how you are losing your mind. Print out all the wonderful comments the people from the DOC leave and roll around in them. Naked.
Hopefully somebody out there will find this helpful. I wish I had known what to expect before Mattias came along. But I did it. And you can too. Promise.