If you’ve ever read Kerri Sparling’s Six Until Me blog or interacted with her on Twitter, you know that she’s incredibly genuine and heartfelt when it comes to writing about her life with diabetes. Two years ago, a little “bird” entered the picture and that life experience has resulted in an even more passionate subject matter often shared on her blog – yes, I am referring to her adorable daughter.
Kerri has become one of the most read voices in the diabetes online community (DOC), in part because she has spent more than seven years chronicling her life online. But as the mother of a young child myself, I really enjoy reading her more recent posts about motherhood (she published the cutest post to her daughter last month that is enough to make any parent smile).
With that said, I think you’ll appreciate how Kerri describes a few special moments and some aspects of motherhood that she particularly enjoys, in the third post of our Mother’s Day Tribute series (read Wendy’s and Jacquie’s posts from earlier this week).
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
I love how she absently pets my hair when we’re watching cartoons together. I love how she smells like marshmallows and sunscreen and pigtails. I love watching her try to hug the cats. I love how she says, “fries” instead of “five” and how she “smells flowers” by blowing out as hard as she can.
She’s what I dreamt about more than my wedding day, and more than my career goals. She’s my strange little warrior, my best buddy, my whole heart.
I love how my diabetes isn’t something she fears or worries about, but is just something her mama does every day, and doesn’t come between us. She sees me test my blood sugar, she can feel my pump between us when I pick her up and hug her against my hip, but it’s okay. As far as she’s concerned, everyone’s mama has “robot parts” and calls juice “medicine.” And that’s just fine.
I love that little bird of mine.
I’m still smiling ear to ear. Kerri has this beautiful ability to describe the unique bond she has with her daughter in a way that’s relatable for most any parent. And the look in Kerri’s eyes – you know it must be love! Thanks to Kerri for sharing her favorite things about motherhood with us. Kerri also shared that today happens to be her mother’s birthday! So, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Debbe a very happy birthday and a wonderful Mother’s Day as well!
All the best,
Disclosure: Kerri Sparling received no compensation for this post. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewee, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.