Well, it’s time for my annual update on little Miss Jenabella Marie Runyon. Remember when I was writing about all the doctor’s appointments and super-crazy blood sugars (yeah, I mean even crazier than normal)? Believe it or not that was 7 years ago!
Yep, my baby girl is turning 7! She is absolutely beautiful and has quite the personality. To call her a diva would not be an understatement. She is a girly girl and loves fashion which I am A-OK with. We are to the point where we can have so much fun talking about clothes and picking out outfits (I just can’t wait until I can borrow them, lol). She’s doing great in school and loves dance! Dance classes just started this week. She’s taking ballet, tumbling, and the class for the competition dance team that she had to try out for. She was over-the-moon excited when she found out she made it! For those of you unfamiliar with the dance world, it tends to kind of take over your life. I’m sure we’re in for a crazy ride, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I’m sad to report that Bella feels she is officially a big girl and is ready to leave all her “baby” ways behind. For her birthday, we’re redoing her room in zebra print because she said her room is “too babyish.” I would just like to note here that her room is absolutely adorable! It’s pink and bright green with butterflies and flowers on the walls and is not babyish! I would like for my room to look like this (Not sure how Justin would feel about that, though). But if she’s ready for a change, I get it. It has been like that since we brought her home from the hospital and she slept in that crib all swaddled up like a little angel…oh, great — now I’ve got the tears flowing.
Another big girl change she’s recently made – she wants to be called Jenabella, not Bella. What the heck! I know it’s common for grown-ups to go by their full names rather than the shorter names they went by as kids but really, a 7-year-old? She needs to slow it down, but heck I bet we’ll be back to Bella before too long. Remember how I said she’s a diva? She better not change her mind on this zebra theme though! She’s got at least another 7 years before this remodel will happen again!
Like I do every year as her birthday approaches, I want to thank all of you who were reading about my pregnancy with Bella … I mean Jenabella. I would get calls and e-mails even slips of paper letting me know that people were praying for me. I can not express how truly grateful I am for every prayer, kind word, or warm though that was sent my way!
You may remember I wrote before about how we were having Bella screened for the autoantibodies of type 1 diabetes. I wish I could include an answer in this column, but we’re still waiting for the results. If she doesn’t test positive for any of these autoantibodies, she will be re-screened yearly to be sure she doesn’t develop them. If she does, there is medicine she can take in hopes of slowing or completely stopping the progression. If I can ask for them again, some of those prayers and warm thoughts on these results (and her mama as she waits) would certainly be appreciated!
Jennifer Runyon is a freelance writer who shares her life stories living with Type 1 diabetes for 28 years and whose young son also has been diagnosed with the disease. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.