As for the lupus throughout all this, it’s had its usual ‘ebbs and flows’ which have been carefully monitored by my doctors and my medications have been adjusted accordingly and although I am exhausted, I seem to have survived these turbulent times, and miraculously this pregnancy fairly unscathed so far.
Anyway, with all this behind us it is only now that we are all just beginning to accept that 'if we have a baby’ might possibly be becoming 'when we have a baby’, and the whole thing is looming on us - fast. Just four weeks to go! The ‘grandmums’ have both even dared allowed themselves to buy their first baby purchases.
So, how does it feel? Mostly we are just very excited, but in terms of Living Well with Lupus being parent raises a host of new questions (and thanks to you for some of the advice you have already passed on - it's good to feel there is a 'loopy mum' network out there!). How we will manage? Sleep deprivation is a massive problem for any new parent, but when you throw ‘lupus haze’ into the mix and I wonder how ‘loopy’ Mum’s survive?
The other question is how to explain the illness and its consequences to a child?
So, if all goes well, I am certainly going to order a copy and make sure it is on the bookshelf ready for our little one as it grows. Not only will it be a good way to help start explaining, but Meg Walsh will be donating a portion of the proceeds of book sales in May to the Lupus Foundation of America – all good stuff.