So I have another sister-in-law who has earned the badge. It’s a very special badge — one that is only earned by someone who has successfully spent an entire night on their own with Kaitlyn. Very few can boast that they are part of this elite club. In fact … the list is only 5 names long — Grandma, Grandma, Aunt Jen, Aunt Jenny, and now … Aunt Christy!

Christy is my husband’s twin sister, and she and her family have been visiting from Texas this past month. It has been a dream come true for my kids! They have been able to spend so much time with these cousins that they hardly ever get to see. Kaitlyn in particular is best buds with her cousin Malia, and if it were their choice, they would spend every waking moment with each other. I’ve never seen two little girls more excited than when we told them that it would be O.K. to have a few cousin sleepovers.

We first had the girls over to our house, and they had an awesome time! They stayed up way too late giggling and playing, but I knew they were making fun memories. The next weekend, Christy said that she would have the girls over there … which meant that she would be doing the nighttime routine.

The nighttime routine is very different from the daytime, for one very important reason — Kaitlyn is asleep! We’ve gotten to the point where the daytime hours are not that big a deal anymore. I’ve gotten used to leaving Kaitlyn with lots of people, because she pretty much knows how to take care of herself, with supervision. She still needs help counting carbs, but if I arrange that ahead of time, she does just fine. At night, however, it gets a little bit tricky, because she can go low or high in her sleep, and she’s not awake to make adjustments … and let me tell you — she is a deep sleeper!

Before leaving the girls, I gave Christy the rundown of what to do if Kaitlyn’s continuous glucose monitor alarms were to go off during the night … juice for lows, dose for highs … blah, blah, blah. I feel like I could explain it in my sleep now. Asking her later, she said that the best piece of advice I gave her was just to give me a call if she needed anything.

Here’s the problem though … I didn’t hear my phone! My phone had slipped off my nightstand, and when she called and texted during the night, I didn’t hear it! Kaitlyn ran low for a good part of the night, and the juice didn’t seem to be bringing her up enough. Christy was up until about 2 in the morning — worrying and waking all the other cousins in the process — until she called the house phone and I finally picked up. I felt terrible!! I was able to walk her through what to do and then promised her I would sleep the rest of the night with my phone in my hand!

The upside was that Kaitlyn had no idea what drama her low had caused. Christy was a hero that night. What an awesome aunt! We love you Christy!


Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.


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