I invite you to read about Amy and her daughter Emma, and then visit her blog Way Too Sweet. If you are in the market for a pump pouch, you’ve got to check out her adorable creations at Too Sweet Boutique.
I’d like to introduce you to Amy of Way Too Sweet.
Tell me something about your child.
My little girl views life through sassy, fuchsia colored glasses! She is the happiest child I have ever known! She amazes me with her strength and bubbly, positive attitude every day. I have no idea where she came from… lol.
What is your child’s favorite 15 gram carb (or less) snack
Emma’s favorite snack is strawberries dipped in whipped cream! Delicious, healthy and minimal impact on blood sugar. Sweet!
How do you manage diabetes?
Emma has been pumping since she was 13 months-old. We added a CGMS when she was about 2 and have been using both, very happily, ever since. We use a Minimed pump/cgms combo primarily, (love it), but also use an Omnipod in the summer for some extra swimming freedom.
We carb count and test about 6 times a day on top of sensor readings which update every 5 minutes 24 hours a day.
What do you know now that you wish you had known at diagnosis
That we would survive, and even thrive!
The first year after her diagnosis… I wasn’t so sure. It was the most difficult year of my life. She was so little, and so sick with other issues at the same time. Ugh. It was so scary and I never slept at all and I lived in a constant state of fear and sadness.
Thank goodness we made it through and can now live full, happy lives in spite of the chaos.
What has been the biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenge has been adding other auto-immune problems on top of her diabetes. Emma has systemic auto-immune problems including kidney disease, hypothyroidism and asthma, to name a few. It’s been a lot to deal with and she takes a lot of meds that interact with her insulin and affect her blood sugar control.
Overall she is doing well, and most of the time life goes on as “normal,” but when she gets sick things get serious very quickly. It’s all good, until it’s not. We definitely live on the edge around here and that is a challenge.
How do you and your husband maintain your relationship?
My husband and try our best to make time for date nights and overnight getaways when we can. It’s not often, but we do know how important it is to keep some fun and romance in our marriage.
My husband also has type 1, so he is great with Emma’s care. I know many mom’s feel like they carry 100% of the burden of their child’s diabetes, and that is hard on a marriage. It helps so much that I have backup and that I can getaway for short amounts of time without worrying about her. He is amazing!
How do you find time for yourself?
I’d love to tell you that I get up at 5 am to do yoga or run 10 miles… but honestly, my me time is probably not ideal, and there is not much of it!
I do occasionally grab a Starbucks and walk around the outlet mall for a few hours, or have drinks with a girlfriend. I do make time to dye my gray roots and get a pedicure once a month, so that’s pretty good for a D mama!
How do you deal with tough diabetes-related questions from your child?
We are just now starting to get tough questions from Emma about her diabetes and health. I try to be honest, and incredibly optimistic, but it can be a hard balance. There are things she has to know, for her own safety, but I don’t want her to stress about things that are beyond her control either.
It is my goal to shelter her from as much of the brutal reality and future concerns as I possibly can.
Tell me why you started your own diabetes-related company.
I actually started sewing after Emma was diagnosed with diabetes. I had been a successful realtor, but suddeny had an insulin dependent infant, and going back to work was out. I needed a creative outlet, and she needed a better way to wear her insulin pump! Sewing became a passion right away, and the fact that I could create something that made life with D a little easier was a great reward.
I honestly never intended to have a “company”, I just planned to sew in my spare time and sell some cute things on Esty. When I started selling my handmade pump pouches I was blown away by the responses from D mamas, and the demand! Within a few months I had outgrown my Etsy shop and was moving to my own site, simply trying to keep up with demand and stay organized. That trend continues!
Too Sweet Boutique’s growth is completely driven by my customers. I am humbled and blown away by the feedback I find in my in box every day. I love knowing that what I do really makes a difference for other little pumpers and their mamas too! It really is Too Sweet!
Anything else you’d like to say?
I think it’s important to keep things in perspective. Diabetes is tough and relentless, but you can still live a full happy life and it’s important to embrace it and live it to the fullest. Even with diabetes, life really is sweet.
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