This weekend, we celebrated our youngest daughter’s first birthday, and fun was had by all! We had pizza, cupcakes, and a kick ball game.
Of course, our type 1 friendly menu was strategically planned by design, but our guests didn’t know any different. We had a thin crust pizza option, a meat and cheese tray, and mini cupcakes.
My plan isn’t for Piet to have a special diet, but I have learned that the unknown is terrifying, especially in a situation where I can’t be monitoring him with 100% focus. So, a birthday party, where he is running around(lowers blood sugar) and eating a lot of carbs(skyrockets blood sugar), is a recipe for unpredictable blood sugar.
Why thin crust pizza? Pizza has a way of spiking blood sugar long after it’s eaten. You’re coasting along, thinking, “Wow! I really nailed that insulin amount and timing! I am mom of the year!” Then BAM! You’re in the 300s.
Why mini cupcakes? The last thing I want is to limit my little man, but if his blood sugar is already high, I’m not going to throw another 35-40 carbs on that fire. But mini cupcakes are only 10g of carbs, and, BONUS, they can double as a low treatment.
What about the meat and cheese tray? Meat and cheese are free foods, or zero carbs, which means they require no insulin. WIN!
This is all fine and good when I’m the one in charge of party plans, but what about when we’re attending a birthday party in the wild? Well, that’s a totally different scenario.
First of all, I am completely focused on the humans I created. No hostess pressure, we’re just there for the fun. This means we can take some chances with food and fun activities!
BUT, understand that I will still pack a full blown meal just in case, and we might have to turn down some food options. Don’t feel bad for us or be offended, it’s just what we gotta do, ya know?
Also understand that if there is a bounce house or play ground, we might have to sit out for a little if the blood sugar is low. Don’t worry! We’ll get right back out there as soon as we’re at a safe number.
As of now, we have not been excluded from any parties or events because of diabetes, but I have heard an alarming number of stories about children left out simply because of type 1.
As a T1D parent, I get it. Being in charge of managing T1 can be scary. Believe me, I understand. But, don’t leave us out. I will gladly come along and help chaperone, or teach you whatever you need to know, or help in any way! It melts our hearts when people are willing to learn about caring for our kids, and wanting to include them.
Birthday parties can be tricky because of all the unknowns. There’s a lot of SWAG-ging and dosage guessing, but they’re also really fun and we LOVE celebrating all of our loved one’s birthdays!
In closing, remember these things:
1. Bare with us if diabetes is drunk. We might be low or high or perfect, but each of those things means a different treatment plan.
2. We like to party. We like to, we like to party. Just like the Vengaboys, so don’t exclude us!
3. If you want a present fit for a king, ask us how to manage diabetes. We will be so moved, you will jump straight to the top of our favorite people list, between Nick Jonas and Jesus.