Moms: It's the one day of the year that's all about you. And as the loving, tireless caregiver of a child with a chronic health condition, you deserve every bit of the praise and celebration coming your way. What's at the top of your Mother's Day wish list? We asked five moms to reveal the best gifts they've ever received; before you tell your family what you want this year, read on and be inspired. (Or forward this link to your special someone with the subject line "Hint, hint"!)
"I asked my family for a day at a hotel all by myself. I laid by the pool, spent some leisurely time at the spa, watched a chick-flick on TV, and ordered in room service -- all gloriously guilt-free. It was a wonderful time to recharge my batteries and focus on myself for 24 hours. Pure bliss!" -- Janice, 42, Glen Rock, N.J.
"I love it when my kids make me homemade gifts. My husband took my two boys to a local pottery shop a few weeks before Mother's Day, and they spent several hours painting mugs for me. They were so proud of their creations! Now, every time I have my morning coffee, I smile." -- Katie, 29, Dallas, Texas
"One of my friends is a recording artist, and my husband took my 5-year-old daughter to her house to record a special song just for me. She wrote the lyrics and sang the vocals. I was in tears when I heard it! I will treasure it forever." -- Andrea, 47, Eagle Rock, Calif.
The Royal Treatment
"My kids made me Queen for a Day. They served me breakfast in bed, gave me a manicure and pedicure and even created a 'spa' in the backyard where they put cucumber slices on my eyes and gave me a massage. I didn't lift a finger all day! It was so wonderful to be pampered like this!" -- Lauren, 34, Tulsa, Okla.
"I'm a single mom, but I have a great relationship with my ex. Every year, he takes our kids shopping and gives them a $40 limit to pick out whatever they want for me for Mother's Day. Because my kids are 4 and 6, I've gotten some very interesting gifts -- like a snow-cone maker and adult-sized footie pajamas! I love that they pick the gifts out all by themselves. It makes them all the more special!" -- Pamela, 38, Bentonville, Ark.
Here's wishing all your dreams come true on Sunday, May 13. You deserve it!
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.