And here we are at yet another holiday celebrating with... wait for it...YEP! You guessed it! CANDY! I know that we all have a sweet tooth and I am guilty of it as much as the next person but you never realize just how much we dive into the sweet stuff until you have a diabetic child in the house. Then you try to avoid it as much as possible.
Now, before everyone starts jumping all over me, please note, I said "as much as possible." My sweet little D girl wears an insulin pump so we can, from time to time, indulge in the goodies that we all enjoy. But living the "diabetic lifestyle," we have become accustomed to searching for the healthier snacks on the shelves. It is not like our lives are devoid of candy or ice cream. We just choose to enjoy them on special occasions.
And one could argue that a holiday such as Halloween, Valentines or Easter would be a special occasion. Although, I have found that we tend to get too many sweets and they just go to waste. So, here we are staring down Easter and I am searching for the coolest ideas for small toys, spring/summer toys, outside fun-type stuff to replace the candy (which we have done since her diagnosis 4 years ago). It is almost a mini-Christmas, only with that annoying plastic Easter basket grass :-)
Do the kids mind? NOPE! We even swiped the idea from my sister-in-law to tie a ribbon around each little gift (choosing each of their favorite colors) and then hiding all of the gifts throughout the house and making it a hunt on Easter morning, which they thoroughly enjoy!
A little more expensive? Yep! But we have tried to go out of our way to avoid making her feel "bad" about or "singled out" because of her diabetes and simply telling her that they both can't have candy because she has diabetes just doesn't work for me. And it isn't only about her - her sister as well. She shouldn't feel as though she "missed out" on anything because of a medical diagnosis in the family. So, we replace it with some other small trinkets. (And they don't miss the candy one bit.)
So, off to shop, shop, shop... because Easter Bunny Claus is comin' to town!