Thursday, October 31, 2013

Type 1 Diabetes Day!

    I made a mistake in my last post about this.  I thought T1D day was November 1st, but it is actually on November 14th!  So join us November 14th on Instagram (@dayinthelifeofboaz) for a play by play of everything diabetes related that we do that day!  You will get to experience what Boaz's day is like with Type 1 Diabetes!   Also, don't forget to tag @dayinthelifeofboaz and #dayinthelifeofboaz in your T1D awareness photos that day! We will be reposting your T1D support pics!*

*Day in the Life of Boaz has the right to not repost a photo. Photos with foul language or photos that are inappropriate will not be reposted.  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ToddlerMeal: Garbanzo Beans

    Garbanzo beans (or chick peas) make a great toddler meal.  They are super easy to heat up (I just use organic canned ones right now, one day I will try making them) and are great for little ones who still use their fingers. They are also great when they are learning to use a fork, as garbanzo beans are easy to pick up.  To give the garbanzo beans some flavor, I ground a little bit of sea salt and peppercorn onto them and then sprinkled a little bit of cumin.  They tasted really good and the boys ate them up! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Toddler Meal: Pimento Cheese Recipe


    I was trying to decide what the boys were going to eat for lunch, and for some reason I thought of pimento cheese.  I started googling some recipes and learned that it is just Miracle whip, pimentos, cheese, salt and pepper.  Super easy!  I don't usually keep pimentos in my kitchen, so I just decided to omit those since the boys won't know any better.  If I were to make it for myself, I would definitely want to add the pimentos.  This turned out to be a perfect meal because it was low carb and the boys loved it!  I think it totaled to be 25g of carbs (including the animal crackers).   So give the recipe a try!  I hope your kids enjoy it as much as mine did! 

Toddler Pimento Cheese: 

A small handful of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2T of Mircle Whip
A pinch of salt and pepper 

Mix together and enjoy! 

Yields: 2 sandwiches 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pray for Emory

    Emory has what the doctor called 'the beginning of staph'. He is currently on two creams and a strong antibiotic. He is being a champ taking his medicine (which smells horrible)!  

    This started out with a simple diaper rash. We already has prescription cream, and it was definitely not the first diaper rash we have delt with.  Then after a day or two, he had a new rash on his lower back (the part still hidden by the diaper). After consulting google and a friend, we concluded that is was Diaper Burn caused by chemicals in a diaper. We started treating it like the diaper rash (that's what Dr. Sears and a few other sources recommended) and switch to chemical free diapers. After treating it for a few days, it didn't get better.  So the boys and I loaded up and trekked to the doctor, since we love and cannot part with our doctor that is now 45 minutes away from us.  She said that it was indeed Diaper Burn but she is concerned about it being the 'beginnings of staph'.  Even after one dose of his antibiotic, Emory seemed to feel better.  We are a little concerned still though, because even after a few days of the creams and antibiotics the rashes aren't going away.  So we are asking for you guys to keep Emory in your prayers. Pray that he will be healed and that it will not spread to anyone else in the family!  

Friday, October 11, 2013

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

    Ok, I know we are halfway through October and I am just now posting about this, but at least I'm doing it now!  So, to celebrate, I am going to post a lot of info from the NDSS. Ready? Here we go! 

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.

  • There are three types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21 (nondisjunction) accounts for 95% of cases, translocation accounts for about 4% and mosaicism accounts for about 1%.   
  • Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.
  • There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
  • Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
  • The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
  • People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer's disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.
  • A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.
  • Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades - from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.
  • People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.
  • All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.
  • Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.


  • People with Down syndrome should always be referred to as people first. Instead of "a Down syndrome child," it should be "a child with Down syndrome." Also avoid "Down's child" and describing the condition as "Down's," as in, "He has Down's."
  • Down syndrome is a condition or a syndrome, not a disease.
  • People "have" Down syndrome, they do not "suffer from" it and are not "afflicted by" it.
  • Down vs. Down's - NDSS uses the preferred spelling, Down syndrome, rather than Down's syndrome. While Down syndrome is listed in many dictionaries with both popular spellings (with or without an apostrophe s), the preferred usage in the United States is Down syndrome. This is because an "apostrophe s" connotes ownership or possession. Down syndrome is named for the English physician John Langdon Down, who characterized the condition, but did not have it. The AP Stylebook recommends using "Down syndrome," as well.
  • While it is still clinically acceptable to say "mental retardation," you should use the more socially acceptable "intellectual disability" or "cognitive disability." NDSS strongly condemns the use of the word "retarded" in any derogatory context. Using this word is hurtful and suggests that people with disabilities are not competent.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Buddy walk!

    We are currently in Savannah ready for the Buddy Walk tomorrow!  We are really excited to be celebrating Boaz!  We will be walking as Team Boaz! Also, this time last year Boaz was diagnoised with Type 1 Diabetes.  That makes Sunday his one year diaversary!  It's very bittersweet, but we are excited to celebrate how strong he is! He really is a little HERO!  Happy diaversary, Boaz!