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Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Vacation Birthday Present

Seriously.


I mean...she's EIGHT now.  All grown up, you know.  


When she was itty bitty, her head was covered with soft curls.  These days her mane is much longer.  She usually wears it pulled back with tendrils that frame her face.


She likes to walk with a little swagger, and I catch her talking to herself now and then.  I don't know if she's pretending to be a model or what, but it's pretty funny.


She got an iPod for her birthday.  (Please Note:  Her mother does NOT have an iPod...just sayin'.)  She puts those ear buds in and then tries to talk to us...except she's yelling...and it's hilariously frustrating.  Or she'll start singing, but I don't think she's figured out that we can hear her.


Okay.  When she dances, it kind of reminds me of Elaine.  Yeah.  It's comical.  I'm pretty sure her coordination will catch up to her brain eventually, but for now...well, it is what it is.


Anyway, while on vacation, she's been wearing her pump site on her arm.  After seeing Alivia's arm site, she decided to give it a whirl.  She's not really opposed to the arm, except that she was a little sensitive about wearing Dexcom on her arm.


This evening, she was twirling her way through a hotel lobby.  Twirling round and round with her head held high.  In that moment, she was a princess -- or maybe she was pretending to be a bride (we're on our way home from a family wedding.)  I'm really not sure.


What I do know is that the pink site on her arm was obvious.  I watched the gal at the front desk follow it with her eyes.  I've answered questions about it for the past 2 weeks.  She's proudly displayed it for inquisitive outsiders.


The funny thing is, though...that diabetes was really nothing more than a minor inconvenience on this trip.  We've had good numbers (okay GREAT numbers), no equipment issues (well, except for that unexpected site change on the first day of our drive home -- more on that later.), and the pump kept on pumping despite falling flat on her face in the surf when we went to the beach.


Had her site been hidden under her clothes as usual, I'm not sure anyone would have noticed that diabetes was a part of our lives. 


As I type this, Jason told me that she's high...which has been the case for most of today.


Vacation is over.  


I guess all good things really do come to an end.
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7 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're back and doing well - and now that you're back of course she's high, right some sort of Murphy's Law. I find the strangers watching to be interesting, somewhat annoying at times, but even so it's usually the adults that stare not the kids.
    So...welcome home and can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip ;)

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  2. Hehee I need a video of her dancing. Asap.

    I just wrote a post about the visible gadgets. Funny.

    Hope she comes down smoothly!

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  3. Girls are so fun that way :)
    Leighanna now shuts herself in her room so no one can see her dance. But we CAN hear her sing... through the walls. Sing/scream... same thing right? :)

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  4. wonderful post and so happy to hear diabetes has behaved for our girl during your trip.

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  5. I cannot wait to hear about your wonderful vacation and all of your D peeps meetings - how absolutely wonderful! Breakfast with Meri --- really?? Not jealous --- nope not at all --- all those other moms --- yep totally not jealous. Rocking bgs ---- so not jealous!

    Have I convinced you yet? Cause I haven't convinced myself! Totally jealous!!!!!!!

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  6. That's the thing about arm sites, EVERYONE notices!
    So proud of her for trying it! And I'd love to see a video of her singing and dancing around without a care in the world! :)
    PS: Alivia misses her friend...

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  7. So glad D behaved for your vacation, that is AWESOME! Also glad she's rockin' her arm pump site, her singing and the Elaine dancing (love that!)...GO GIRL!!! :)

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