Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cutest Kid

HI! I am hoping you all can help me out! I have entered the boys in a cute kid contest with our photographer.  My boys are numbers 2 (Jackson) and Joshua is number 29.  I would love it if you could take a min and vote one of them.  We are in need of a new family photo and this would be a great way to win one.  THANKS so much!! The contest is only a few days long so if you think about going back and doing it again Id appriciate it!!

THANKS so much!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

2 months in

Wow so life has been crazy since I posted 2 weeks ago. Every chance I get (which isn’t much time) I’ve been reading blogs from other D moms. See that is what we are called "D Moms" the moms of children with Diabetes. (by the way my 4 year old calls it diabebes. It is so cute). Well these moms have given me so much inspiration and have truly let me know I’m not alone. I just have to say thank you and give them a huge shout out. I have been sending their blogs out to people because there is no way I could put into words what I’m thinking right now and their words are so true!

I can’t explain how horrific these last few weeks have been, adjusting to Joshua's diabetes, Jackson having pneumonia (the day we came home from the hospital he was rushed to the dr and then to chest x rays) and then Joshua came down with a breathing issues and having to go on oral steroids which led to out of control Blood Sugars. Then came Jackson having to have allergy testing to try and help both boys with breathing. No allergies for Jackson~ Joshua is to young to test. More chest x-rays on Jackson found he has not healed from his pneumonia, and so they have sent blood work in for more tests. They say that a portion of his lung is still deflated/collapsed and they hope in another month it will be better. In the mean time he is on a daily inhaler and then we have an emergency one too. UGHHHH

So Joshua's numbers have been crazy which I know we are only in month 2 of the dx so of course they aren’t going to be normal but really 42 and a 572 in the same day! Give me a break. Our numbers are supposed to be between 100-200. I didn’t give juice to Jackson until he was almost 2 and even now at 4 it is almost always cut in 1/2. Not that I have any issue with juice but really I’d rather my kids get their fruit by eating it not drinking it. Well Joshua has had so many lows that he probably has had more juice in 2 months then Jackson had all year long. 2 months... WOW how long it has seemed... One of the D moms wrote a great blog about how she couldn't remember life before Diabetes. (I’ll try to find and give credit when I can) I am quickly thinking that those memories are far behind us... I really thought by now we would be getting into the swing of things... instead we have been living in crisis mode the entire time.  I am hoping things calm down around me so we can focus on just the D. 

Diabetes changes everything, even down to how I parent. With Jackson I decide we were done using the bottle and in one weekend we made the switch. I knew if he missed a drink he wasn’t going to "die" this was the saying I used to say. Now with Joshua, his numbers are so unpredictable that if I give him a cup and he refuses, I can’t wait him out for fear that his numbers will go down. At dinner with Jackson I used to give him dinner and if he refused the meal I would say well... he will eat it at the next meal. Not with Joshua... and man he knows it... he will spit it out and then just scream... let me say I think he might be well spoiled at the moment. So D-moms tell me how have you fixed this... I am not able to be nor would I like to be a short order cook. Joshua is only 13 months old, I can’t reason with him, nor can I let him not eat... how do I make sure he is eating healthy and what the family is eating without letting him be a yogurt and applesauce only eater.

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.