Our lives revolve around carbs. That is the bit of nutritional information that we have to have in order to accurately dose the correct amount of insulin so Bean's body can process her food and have her body get the fuel it needs to survive.
Sure, after awhile, you get familiar with carb counts and quantities of foods that are consumed on a regular basis and have an arsenal of information to draw from so you can SWAG carb counts instead of weighing every bite that is to be consumed.
The month after Bean was dx'd, we were scheduled to go on a camping trip with a group of friends from her school. We were new. We were on shots. We were determined NOT to let T1D get in the way of a fun new experience for our family.
So, I grabbed the calculator and started packing up food for our two nights away.
Over two years later, those masking tape labels are still on their respective containers. One for Wheat Thins and one for Goldfish. I know these numbers by heart. I know that when I give Bean Wheat Thins, it's 14g carbs for 10 crackers. It's not something I even think about anymore. She doesn't do a lot of Goldfish anymore; probably because they are the 'booster' for her before recess if her BG is under 140, so snacking on them isn't that desirable) But, that label stays because, well, I'm not taking it off.