When I'm dress shopping for my girls, I do have to consider each one individually. Jessi has certain requirements, something of the Fancy Nancy nature. The frillier the better!
Ally likes something cute and hip. Being the oldest, she also tends to get more new clothes than the other girls. It only stands to reason, because she doesn't have any older sisters passing clothes down to her. Recently, we went shopping for a nice Christmas dress.
When buying a Christmas dress for your little girl, what do you look for? Frills or ruffles? Bows or lace? Special colors or patterns?
Those things are all important, but there is something else that we have to consider when buying a special outfit.
Ally wears an insulin pump.
I know, if you are reading this, you already know that she has type 1 diabetes and most likely also know that she wears an insulin pump. But that is an important factor that we have to consider when making our holiday dress selection.
Ally's insulin pump is connected to her with a site, which we rotate every 3 days between her arms and hips or bum area. The pump is usually worn in a pump pouch around her waist. When Ally needs to give herself insulin, or check her CGM reading, she needs to look at her pump. Easy enough.
Now picture this seemingly simple task, while wearing a dress. She would have to pull up her dress in order to do this. Not so easy!
It is not so pleasant, in the middle of class or church, to have to pull up your dress because your pump is alarming. Nor is it fun, in the middle of a party or a restaurant, because you want to bolus for your food. This is when the remote feature would really come in handy. But her MiniMed Revel pump does not have a remote.
So we adjust. She still looks really cute (and don't forget hip) in her sweet little bubble skirt, sweater and leggins with bows :)