Monday, March 8, 2010

What am I doing???

Okay so this could cover so many things... What am I doing with a Blog?? What am I doing up at 12:15 am when I have to test Joshua's blood sugar at 3 am? What am I doing with a virus making everyone throw up at our house??? What am I doing on the computer when all I should be doing is sleep. Well ,while no one is throwing up I have decided now is the time to start this blog my sister has been telling me to do for the last 3 weeks. The reason for this blog, is to update Family, Friends, and anyone else who stops by on our Family aka Team Davis. You see 3 short weeks ago our world changed to what I have been referring to for a while as our new normal. (hence the blog name)

You see this has happened a lot for us over the years. So much so that I am really just counting the times we have had to say okay so this is just our new normal... There was the time in 2003 when we learned our 1st baby (Matthew) who was 22 weeks gestation was not going to make it. He had sever Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. But with God's grace, friends and family we moved on to our new normal. Then there was the time in 2004 when we learned I had a tubal pregnancy and we had another angel joining Matthew in heaven. We again adjusted to the new normal. Then in 2005 when Brian (my fantastic husband of almost 10 years) was diagnosed with Type 1.5 Diabetes (yea I know you haven't heard of it either). In 2006 were excited to adjust to a new normal of being parents. We welcomed Jackson into our world and MAN anyone who has ever been married for 6 years before kids will know THIS IS A HUGE change to a new normal. WE were excited and thrilled and had waited for this day for so long. WE welcomed this change was a new normal life for us. In 2009 after a scary start we welcomed Joshua into our world. LIFE with 2 boys has been a HUGE adjustment to a new normal. Then just 3 weeks ago, 2 weeks shy of Joshua's 1st Birthday our entire world was rocked. At 11 months and 16 days he was diagnosed as a type 1 Diabetic. It is rare for the doctors to see a baby under 2 diagnosed I was told and even more rare to see someone under 1. I had no concept 12 hours prior how drastically our life was about to change but that is for another post. In an instant my husband and I found ourselves begging to understand what this new normal life would hold for us.

We are blessed to have have friends and family who love and support us and are helping us to learn and understand that is this just one more change to what normal means. This blog is for them, to keep updated on our family, hear about our successes and read about our struggles. It is meant for people who want to follow it instead of being bored with updates on facebook or emails. It is an outlet for me, my sister the great blogger says, so I can get things out. (although I'm not sure Ill get out of it what she does) and hopefully it will be inspiration for someone else out there one day to find their new normal. But for me... for now... it is just a reminder that my husband and I have adjusted before, we will adjust again and this is just our new normal life.


  1. Hi Shannon,

    I'm Elise's mom Joanne (I've been corresponding with your amazing sister). I just wanted to welcome you to the world of D-Moms. I've posted a link to your blog on mine, so hopefully a whole bunch of other Moms will be leaving you comments soon.

    If you ever have any questions, or I can help in any way, I gave my contact info to your sister. Please feel free to use it.

    You have one heck of a story, and I am amazed at everything you have been through. You sound like one tough woman! Can't wait to get to know you better.

  2. The reason I found it so quickly is because a little birdy told me about it!

    I'm impressed that you've already posted. It took me about three months to start my blog after Elise was diagnosed, even though I was thinking about it while we were still in the hospital!

  3. Hi Shannon,

    My name is Heidi. I found your blog through Joanne's blog. I'm one of the D Moms. My six-year-old son, Jack, was diagnosed with T1D two years ago. My blog is:

    I'm never happy to hear about another little one, who's been diagnosed with T1D. But since you're here... :) Welcome to the group! This is a fantastic, caring group of wonderful moms. Though I'd thought about blogging since Jack's diagnosis, it took me a full two years before I actually began writing and posting, and I just recently discovered this online group of D Moms. Their understanding and support has been terrific. I'm sure you'll find them to be just as warm, welcoming and supportive.

    If there's ever anything I can do to help, please don't hesitate to contact me at After Jack's diagnosis, my husband and I found that it was the other parents of kids with T1D, not our endo or diabetes educator, who helped us the most.

    All the best to you and your family!

  4. Welcome to the blogging world and I'm sorry to hear about your son's diagnosis. The first weeks are hard, but you'll find a lot of support! It's always nice to meet other people who really get this version of "normal" we're living. I'm over at My 3 year old was diagnosed at 23 months, and it's been a roller-coaster ride ever since.

  5. I am so glad you are here in the blogging world. Let it out...let it all out! Our D-mom community can take anything you can dish out. :) We have SO been there. And having your little guy diagnosed so young...I remember the worry and the many sleepless nights. I have 3 diabetic boys, my 12 year old was diagnosed at 8 months. But with family, faith and friends we were able to find our new normal, and you will too.

    Like all of my pals, we are happy to help in any way we can. Bounce questions off us! I look forward to getting to know your family. Welcome to the club! Sorry you were forced to join, but it helps that the members are amazing!

  6. Hi Shannon, My name is Lora. My son Justin was dx on 10-21-08 at the age of 7.

    As a few others mention... this IS an awesome group. Lots of supportive and uplifting ladies (and a dad too). I know the reason sucks, but were glad your here :)

    You can visit me at

  7. Welcome to the wonderful world of D-moms! You'll find a lot of support here! These women are my life line! We've been where you are and understand all that you're feeling.
    My daughter Jada, was diagnosed just one month shy of her 3rd birthday on March 23, we're almost two years in. Like Meri said...sorry you were forced to join...but you will meet some amazing women and their families! Excited to get to know you and your sweet family!

  8. Hi Shannon - I know it seems overwhelming now but you sound amazing and I know you will adjust to your new normal.

    The D-mom community is amazing. I honestly do not know what I would do without all of these lovely ladies.

    I am so sorry for you son's diagnosis but so glad that you are here so that we can support you.

    My son, Nate was dx at 14-months just six months ago. Lean on us - - - we are here for you.

  9. WOW!! Thank you all so much!! You are wonderful ladies for sure!! It is funny this wasnt even supposed to go live today as my sister made a goof on her blog but Im THANKFUL she did as Im not sure it would have ever been ready!! Im not happy to join the club but happy for the company... make sense?? Look forward to getting to know you all better:)

  10. Hi welcome to the blogging world and the crazy d mom world LOL !!! not really . I found your blog through Joannes blog welcome aboard .

  11. Shannon,

    I am so happy that you have started a blog and have found such wonderful support network! Sorry I let the blog outa the bag before you had planned but I think it looks great and am looking forward to reading more!

    I love you!

    (sooo much)

  12. Hi Shannon!

    My daughter is 9 and we just passed the 8 year mark with Type 1.....she was 19 months when diagnosed. It sucks BIG TIME, but it really will be ok. I didn't believe that at first either, but I didn't have all these great gals at that time either, so you're in a good place with this blog!!

    visit me at

    hang in there....we're here for ya!

  13. Hi Shannon! Welcome!!
    I am fairly new to the blogging world as well. =)
    My son Jacob was diagnosed in Nov 2008 at 26 months. He is now 3.
    I love your blog name. My husband and I have often referred to our life with T1D as our "new normal".
    I look forward to getting to know you and your family!
    Again, Welcome!!

  14. Shannon: Like others, it breaks my heart to read of a little one like yours diagnosed. But what the rest of the D-Moms and Parents say: it's manageable. I'm not a dad, but am myself a Type 1 for 26 years since the age of 5. I'm also the only son of a D-Mom, who was herself diagnosed at the same young age. We are both grateful to be part of a huge adult D-Community full of people who've been living great successful lives despite being diagnosed at young ages. With the online support world, it's an incredible tool to help your family and child Live With Diabetes. Good luck! Look forward to reading your posts and keeping in touch.

  15. I left a comment on your sister's blog the other day ... I'm Joanne's husband and if your husband wants to talk, give him my email address ( and we'll go from there ... you're in good hands with these amazing women (and Michael).

  16. Hi Shannon,

    I'm Jessica, and my son Liam was diagnosed this past September at 3 years old. This stuff is hard, but feeling the support of other moms who know exactly what you mean, even when you can't quite explain it- it's amazing. Good for you for getting out here so soon. I wish I had found these moms sooner- it's made SUCH a difference in the way I am handling things. I look forward to getting to know more about you and your family.

  17. It's a perfect start! Love you...


  18. Hey there!! Welcome to the blogging world!! There is a lot of support and other moms out here who have had babies dx w/ T1 too! My daughter was 4 at dx and is 6 now. You will have to pop over and visit us sometime!

  19. Good luck! My Emma was diagnosed just after her 4th birthday in 2009. I still feel like we're trying to figure it all out, but it does get easier!

  20. My daughter was dx with T1 3 weeks after her 2nd birthday in 2005. She's 6 now :)

    She and I were also dx with celiac a year or so ago.

    This really is a great community! Welcome :)