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Welcome to the world!

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Over the weekend, my best friend and her partner welcomed their beautiful baby daughter (and my goddaughter) – Hanna into the world at 5.25pm on the 16th of June 2012. Weighing in at 2.8kg and measuring 45cm, she finally arrived after 8 hours of hard labour. I am so proud of my best friend and in awe of her bravery – from what I heard it wasn’t as easy birth. Both mum and bub are doing very well. And I’m so happy for the new happy family! Can’t wait to make the trip to see them this weekend! From the photos I’ve seen, she’s as cute as a button!

Hanna having a snooze on her daddy

I remember the afternoon she rang me about 5 times before I answered to scream in my ears that she’s pregnant. Seems like it was only yesterday! Amazing how fast 9 months go past. Going through the ups and downs of pregnancy with her really opened my eyes to the reality of pregnancy. I’ve always thought I’d be able to handle it as it comes along. But now, I’m thinking twice about it. Especially with the potential complications diabetes may bring about, I will need to be extra diligent and extra cautious during my pregnancy. Funnily enough I came across a blog the other day that followed a Type 1’s journey through pregnancy. It made me feel better that there is a lot of support out there and speaking with fellow diabetes mums about their experiences and seeing their beautiful healthy child gives me a lot of faith and makes me feel so much more at ease.

Over the weekend though, I walked past a fairly pregnant mother having a smoke on the street and it just made my blood boil. Some people have it so easy and so good but they just take advantage of everything they have! It wasn’t easy for my bestie to fall pregnant and she treasured her little bubba like she’s the most precious thing in the world (which I’m not denying she isn’t!). Whereas you have people who abuse and neglect their children. It’s so sad and infuriating to see these things happen.

Be appreciative of what you have!!! It’s the most important thing I’ve come to learn and hold close to my heart. People whinge about what they don’t have but fail to see the amazing things they have, no matter how simple it may be. For me, I am so so grateful for many things in my life. And now I have a beautiful goddaughter and a bestie who is well on the road to recovery with a new family to add to that list!

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Pancreatically challenged, diabetes advocate, PhD student and dietitian - working to positive changes within the diabetes community and healthcare setting. Although diagnosed at age of 19 with T2DM, the type of diabetes I have is under constant debate. Finally pumping as of March 2014.

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