On december 14, 2007 a tiny little 5 pound baby girl named Taylor Shae made her debut. She was 4 weeks early but perfect in every way. Ten little fingers and ten little toes and the biggest brown eyes that could melt your soul. She was incredible, but I had no idea how amazing she was about to become. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months, and pretty soon that sweet this girl was turning one. She loved Mickey Mouse and held on to her eye lashes when she slept.
On Mother's Day 2009 she woke up with croup, which progressively got worse throughout the day. We were admitted to our local hospital for treatment, but the next morning this sweet baby was barely alive. She was dehydrated, lethargic and clinging to life. We were transported to another hospital about 30 minutes away, where they diagnosed her with type one diabetes and then dropped the bomb that she was DKA and would need life flighted to a children's hospital 3 1/2 hours away. My heart broke into a million tiny pieces that day. As I watched the life flight crew strap my baby down and board the plane. The next week is kind of a blur. Days spent awake watching your child in the PICU struggling to live. Days spent in class learning about our "new normal" and yet slowly she came around and we took our little sugar baby home!!! Home Sweet Home!!
How could needles and shots and finger sticks and counting carbs and weighing food ever be normal. This would never be normal!! And boom....here we are almost 7 years later. Living our "normal". Out normal includes 10 daily finger sticks. 2am and 5 am blood sugar checks, lots of pokes and lots of fruit snacks. If you've ever wondered what a hero looks like, She's almost 8 years old and has gorgeous dark brown hair down to her waist, the darkest brown eyes and olive skin and a toothless smile. She's a rockstar. This girl has no idea what she's been through and how truly amazing she is. This has been her entire life, she knows nothing different. Most people see a girl with diabetes, but I see a beautiful, smart, brave , amazingly strong daughter who is my world.
She loves to dance and has music running through her soul. She was born to move! She never slows down. She loves Taylor Swift and littlest pet shops, is the bestest of friends with her little sister. She loves to be outside, making forts, painting, loves to mix and make anything and everything. She just does it with a touch of diabetes. She will never know how amazing she is and that she is a hero, my hero. Because for her this is her everyday ordinary life. I pray every night for her to live a long healthy happy life, to fall in love, get married, have a family and be whatever her little heart desires. But to me.... She will always be my baby!