Eva and I are now three months into life and motherhood, and so far so good. Eva has learned to smile, recognise people, chatter away and be generally adorable. Mummy has also learned a lot…
Abandon any hope of pre-bolusing for meals. Just because the baby is asleep when the plate hits the table, doesn’t guarantee you’re going to get to eat the food.
When breastfeeding during a heatwave replace the majority of insulin with ice cream.
Don’t attempt to do any fancy adjustments to basal rates to compensate for breastfeeding – it is impossible to predict whether the baby will feed for 5 mins or 45 mins. Just reduce basals by 20% across the board and eat more to deal with any lows.
No baby bag is complete without at least 2 cartons of apple juice and a pack of fruit pastilles for any post breastfeeding lows whilst out and about.
Likewise no house is complete without strategically placed apple juice cartons at every spot where you might feed the baby.
Baby junk outweighs diabetes junk by a good few kilos. But carting it all around means you barely notice the diabetes junk any more
Meters that beep when you apply blood are not helpful in the middle of the night when they wake the baby you’ve just spent an hour getting off to sleep.
I was wrong when I thought waking up to treat a hypo constituted a bad nights sleep.
Insulin pumps and CGMs are programmed to alarm approximately 5 minutes into any feed. And the pump will always be on the side of your body you can’t reach without disturbing the baby.
Infusion sets worn in the stomach will be kicked and wriggled upon by the baby, stick to thighs and back to keep them out of harms way.
Baby poo does not stain insulin pumps.
Baby vomit doesn’t seem to do them much harm either.