Fin and Harley
Life,  Parenting

Proud Mum Moment

I will probably be told off by Finley in future years for this post, but I couldn’t resist writing about my proud Mum moment today.

Today my handsome boy has started secondary school for the first time, and I was awake most of the night panicking and stressing and mentally making a list of the things I might have forgotten to pack.

I sound like a neurotic over protective Mum don’t I?

However if you are the parent of a child with health concerns, like Fin with his Type 1 Diabetes, or if you are a regular reader of my blog, then you’ll likely understand.

When Fin was 5 and he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, he almost died. Him starting secondary school and all the other milestones that have come before almost didn’t happen. I am grateful everyday (even the days when he drives me mad!) that the bravest person I know is still here. I’m sure you can imagine how emotional today was for me!

Type 1 Diabetes can really complicate things at times.

Along with the usual stresses for a child starting secondary school, such as whether he will like his new teachers, whether he will make new friends and finding his way around a huge new building, Fin has more to worry about.

Fin has to remember where the nurse’s office is to pop there to do his injection (he does this himself) at lunchtime, he worries that after doing his injection he won’t be able to find his friends. He has to remember to test his finger at the right times, and he worries about people staring at him while he does it, or getting told off by a teacher who doesn’t know what he’s doing or why.

He needs to treat himself with glucose tablets if he goes low and he needs to remember and look after a whole host of other things that most children don’t need to worry about.

I’m not telling you all this to make you pity him, but I am telling you it so you can realise why I am quite so proud of my son – both of my sons obviously before Harley tells me off.

Fin hated primary school at times, he sometimes refused to go and it was a very stressful time. This is another reason why Fin walking in to that building today with a smile and not even looking back has made me so very proud of him.

He doesn’t let Type 1 Diabetes hold him back, and we as a family wouldn’t let him either. I am so very very proud of my handsome young man today, and I do have a gorgeous photo of him in his new school uniform, but that’s just for us.

Here he is though on his first ever day of primary school – and a rare photo of the boys hugging!

Fin and Harley

Stevie x


  • Vickie

    You have every reason to be a proud mum! Starting secondary school is a scary enough experience without the added extra of diabetes. Fin sounds like a very lovely lad and I hope he continues to enjoy his new school.

  • acornishmum

    Thanks lovely, he really enjoyed it there today and looked after his Type 1 Diabetes perfectly which was a relief and I am much more relaxed about him doing a full week next week now!

    Stevie x

  • Hannah

    I’m so pleased his first day went well (both of their first days!) I hope Fin continues to do well and doesn’t have any of the issues you mentioned above such as teachers telling him off etc x

  • Lisa@intotheglade

    Oh I’m so glad it went ok. We worry enough our children going to Secondary school when they don’t have any health concerns, I can’t imagine what it must be like when they do! Well done Fin you are a star and your mum is quite right to be super proud of you! Xx

  • Mrs H

    Your boy sounds amazing. I think most adults would worry about having to do all those things in a new environment, so it is only natural for Fin to worry too. I can completely understand why you are so proud of him and I hope that his first few days went well. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  • admin

    Aw thanks lovely, I was a bit of a wreck the night before and so relieved he was okay going in and had a great day! First full week from tomorrow…I may still be a little nervous ;)

    Stevie xx

  • admin

    Thanks sweetheart, luckily he loves his new school so far! He’s done one day and first full week starts tomorrow and he’s even decided he wants to walk with his friends to school – eek! Think he’s enjoying feeling grown up :)

    Stevie xxx

  • acornishmum

    Thank you lovely, he does make me very proud and luckily is loving his new school! I won’t be including so many photos of him online any more now though, as with him being at secondary I don’t want to give anyone an excuse to tease him!

    Stevie x

  • Laura @ Dot Makes 4

    I can definitely understand why you are so proud of him. I’m so pleased that Fin had a great first day and I hope that it’s still going well.
    I love the photo too!

    Laura :)

  • Chloe

    Ohhh you must be feeling so proud. He’s going to have a great time at secondary school and I’m sure after the first week it’ll feel like he’s been there forever. It must be so worrying for hoping he’s ok and not being able to be there. It’s such an adjustment for any parent when their child goes to secondary school let alone when they have such a big responsibility with their own health. I hope he loves it and settles in ok! x

  • acornishmum

    He’s doing amazingly at looking after himself there, so I’m a lot more relaxed now and he’s even walking home on his own with a friend a lot of the time! Luckily he seems to be enjoying it, and he gets a school iPad to bring home soon, so he’s excited about that!

    Stevie x

  • Mrs Puddleducky

    Such a gorgeous photo of your boys. How scary for you in those early days and what a grown up boy now! Wow, secondary school, it’s been bad enough having my oldest move to class 1. They grow up too quick x

  • ali

    You are so right to be proud, most mums (me included) were nervous even without the underlying health worry you had. I’d be shouting from the rafters too if I were you! #picknmix

  • Helen Porter

    you are aloud to be proud! im so glad they both had great first days I hope the rest of the week went well? you are both so brave it must be really hard but glad things are alright xx

  • acornishmum

    Way too quickly in my opinion! Harley will be 10 in February and it’s only 2 years til he starts secondary as well! I’m not feeling old….honest… ;)

    Stevie x

  • acornishmum

    I love that photo, it always makes me smile as I can remember that morning so well and how excited Harley was for his big brother – he wanted to go to school with him! ;)

    Stevie x

  • Su

    Proud mama moment! I have a friend in London who has a boy, age as Finley, who is going through the same thing. I have learnt about so much about D1 through her. It is so hard not to worry, Finley is such a fighter and yes, so you should be proud of him. Hope he is liking his first day at school so far. xx

  • acornishmum

    It’s definitely not easy and I’m still not that relaxed when he’s at school, but we’ll get used to it eventually ha! He’s been a type 1 for more than 6 years so he knows what he’s doing, I just need to learn to remember that ;)

    Stevie x

  • Jenny

    Aww, such a gorgeous photo of his first day at school and amazing that he did so well going into high school. He’s very brave at being able to cope so well with all that, you should definitely be proud! :) x

  • A Moment with Franca

    Awww what a lovely post!! I know because of my dad how difficult is to have diabetes. He has to inject insulin and check his sugar levels all the time. For you must be even worst as you have to take care of your boy. I’m so glad to hear that his first day at secondary school went well. Wish him all the best!! :-) x

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