I think this last month has been the longest one of my life. The days and nights seem to last for ages, like one continuous cylce that is always the same. Feed and settle the baby, tend to Lani, feed the baby some more, tend to Lani, resettle the baby, binge on double coated chocolate tim tams ;) tend to the other kids...look at all the mess and convince myself that it doesn't bother me, feed the baby again...and again.
I wouldn't change my life, I love my chunky baby and I would do anything for Lani. It's just that life is a little different at the moment than I thought it would be. The hardest part of this last month has been the times when Lani has been angry at me. I try not to take it personally and I know most of the emotion she is experiencing is beyond her control, but it is still disheartening when she throws mega tantrums. They are nearly always directed at me. I am hoping that when we have her diet and blood glucose levels more stablised that her moods wont swing so intensly.
I just want her to be a happy little girl.
A couple of weeks ago, Lani had a check up with Sam, her diabetes educator. Sam checked her fingers (where she does her pricks)
And had a look at her tummy to make sure we have been giving the injections correctly. Lani laughed when she drew a 'no-go' zone over her belly button.
While Sam spoke with Job and I, Lani kept herself busy. She doesn't mind having diabetes, but she is hoping not to have needles forever and she is tired of finger pricking already!
We were fortunate that the day of our appointment the Prime Minister was in town. She was here to officially open the wellness building which includes the diabetes centre (I think!) Sam arranged for Lani to meet her. We sat upstairs for a few minutes in the foyer before it started getting busy.
..And then she arrived. She shook Lanis hand and then asked Lani about her baby brother (who decided he wanted to have a feed right then in front of all the cameras)
The Premier and Health Minister were there too.
Job and I have no idea who the man in the middle is?!
After our brief but exciting encounter, we headed back downstairs to finish chatting.
Sam - always a professional :)
We even bumped into a weird podiatrist!
Once we'd finshed at the hospital, I was eager to get to the Clarks to pick up Sisi. I told Nettie that we wouldn't be too long, but we were held up a little by Julia Gillard (sheesh!) When I arrived, I found Nettie and Sisi outside in the hammock. Sisi was feeling tired by that stage so they lay outside together in the sun. Sisi absolutely adores Nettie and wont go to Primary on Sundays without her.
Nettie told me they had lots of fun together, baking cookies and playing. I dont think Sisi wanted to come home. I can see why:)
It was funny when the boys arrived home from school that afternoon. They didn't believe Lani when she told them who she had met that day. After we showed them the photos, they kept saying "I wish I had diabetes so I could meet the Prime Minister." At school the next day, some of Lani friends told her they'd seen her on the news.
During the appointment that morning, Sam gave Lani some skins to put on her injection pens.
She loves the new look (and showed her friends the next day at school)
Today we received a suprise package from my dear friend Kristy who posted a present for Teancum. Inside the package was a small gift for Lani. She was so excited to open it and loves her new clips, tatoos and pretend nails. I wanted to include a picture of the little note that was attached but the camera we're borrowing (ours suffered a tumble out of the car) needs a charger. I just got these two photos of Lani before the battery ran out. The cute note reads: 'For Lani....because she's so brave and strong! Lots of Love, the Pitmans.' - Thanks Kristy xx
I love this photo taken a few days ago, I can see that she has put the weight back on over this last month. I love her cute little chunky face :)
Now that we have featured in the paper (a story about blogs) met the Prime Minister and been on National Television, we are feeling pretty famous :) We may even be able to spare you a signature.....if you ask nicely ;)