There were some issues with her 504 Plan, and her insulin pump created a ton of questions for the nurse. As a result, I packed a lunch for Tiara, strapped my littles in a double stroller, and sat in the front office...day after day...for about 2 months. Tiara would fall asleep after she ate, and I was able to nurse Tink down for a nap.
Then I'd stare at a wall, and wonder if this is how our life would be forever.
I remember sitting there, watching all the smiling moms bouncing in and out of the office. Oh, they were volunteering, bringing cupcakes, and talking about the Book Fair. I distinctly remember sitting there during Spirit Week, watching them all dressed for the day and laughing with each other while their children wandered the hallways all dressed up too. They were cute, and fresh, and well manicured.
And there I sat. With my wall, my anxious thoughts, and my 2 babes napping in a stroller.
I know it sounds silly, but I silently vowed that, one day, my girls would have a smiling mother who dressed them up for Spirit Week too.
The years have passed. I still have children who don't always sleep through the night, a growing child with diabetes, which can wreak havoc after bedtime, and I still work 3 late evenings a week. Most mornings, I'm still making it to the 1st bell in the nick of time. Spirit Week has come and gone, and we've participated randomly on an easy day here and there.
But, this year, we did it.
|We only had 4 days of school this week due to a holiday. Since Tink is in preschool, she didn't have class each day, but each Rose Girl going to school (and who wanted to participate) was ready for |
Fall Spirit Week 2011.
Now, I'm not a crafty gal. Sometimes I wonder how I'll successfully raise 3 daughters when I could care less about craft projects, but we're getting by.
That being said, I did pull out some scissors and a hot glue gun this week. Since it's such a rare occurrence, I thought I'd share...
1) I decorated Tshirts.
Cupcakes are a popular treat in the Diabetes Online Community, so I couldn't resist.
And, check out the ribbon for their hair :)
2) I made "Poodle Skirts".
Well, I made the poodles, anyway.
And, since we wouldn't want to repeat this crafty chaos unnecessarily,
I even made the poodles removable, so we can attach them to different skirts as they grow.
(Feel free to applause.)
PLUS I made three of them.
Thinking ahead, because Tink will be in Kindergarten next year.
Just call me a brainiac.
Sometimes I still feel like that mom who used to stare at the wall. Sometimes I look around, and wonder if I'd be a better mother without diabetes in our lives. Sometimes I worry that my children have been robbed of precious memories with their mother, because she was too overwhelmed to enjoy the days together.
But then I remind myself that we're doing it.
We're making this life work.
Over the years, our spirits have been stomped on, broken, and challenged. They've been pushed to their limits, hidden by anger, and forced to face a harsh reality.
But our spirits haven't been defeated.
Now drop the glue gun, because things could get dangerous around here if this keeps up.