HI folks, we're just getting ready for our trip to Florida! We fly out of Portland in the early hours and we'll be there a week. It's very exciting. We've not been to Florida before, and, in fact, this is our first vacation in around 9 years. Visiting family in the UK doesn't count as a holiday :)
I didn't get a chance to post yesterday about it but I saw the periontologist for a consult about the effects of lupus on the baby. Fortunately I'm on no meds so that isn't a concern, and the pregnancy won't make the lupus worse (though I should be prepared for a flare-up of symptoms on delivery... apparently the baby might exhibit symptoms, too, though they won't have lupus). The biggest concern is what my antibodies might do to the baby. One of the biggest worries is that something will happen to the placenta and thus the baby will not thrive... and the other potential issue is the electrical circuitry system around the heart. However, I feel confident that things will be a-ok.
It does mean, though, that I have to monthly ultrasounds. So much for the idea of going through pregnancy with few ultrasounds! Jeepers, I've already had 4... I think it's probably worth it, though.
The Dr. was a really lovely fella, and seemed not to think that my plans for a natural birth at Mercy would be an issue. As long as everything looks good on the scans it'll be fine. From 24 weeks on, then, I'll be heading to the high-risk OB for my checkup. These will be in addition to my appointments with Deb.
I'm more than half way through the pregnancy. It's really glaringly obvious now - although I did have to gently point it out to a couple of people today. I feared they thought I was just getting quite rotund.
Oh, we think we've decided - at least for now - on the name Rafael (Raffi, Rafa, etc). My parents are not shy in offering their opinion on names, and I was quite certain they wouldn't like it, but they seem to. I said 'raffi' with a Scottish accent to my Dad (who would love us to use a Scottish name) and that seemed to help!
Thanks for reading this blog, readers.