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I'm a mom, a wife, a best friend. Sick with CFIDS/ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia since 1975 as a result of a nasty flu while still in grad school, it wasn't until the late '80's that I received a diagnosis. Until that flu I'd never really been ill before. With each year I get progressively worse and add to the bucket load of symptoms I'm living with. I've been blessed with an incredible family and best friend who've stayed with me through my struggles as we continue to find a way out of this monstrous illness and its complications. We've tried seemingly every approach to find my way back to health. Often I think our best weapon in this undesirable and unasked-for adventure has been laughter.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Babushka! Baby Update...

For those who haven't heard: I became a first-time grandmother about twenty four hours ago.  It's a club I've long wanted to join and now I'm in.  Yippee!

My BFF - who recently also became a grandmother herself, of course! - told me it would be like nothing ever felt before and she is so right.  It's fantastic when BFF's go through the same experiences at about the same time, joys and tears to be shared.  We've done so now for well over 40 years.  (Thanks, L!)

Thanks, also, to all who have kept up with this evolving story, your comments and encouragement here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.  Most especially, I thank you for all your prayers.  We had some mighty big scares and I'm convinced all the prayers helped.  

My sweet daughter-in-law was a real trooper as she held that baby in for as long as possible with her complications, all the while the parents-to-be and doctor having to weigh the pros and cons of the health issues for both mother and child.  The sweet babe came early via C-section but mum (they do British English out there and I love it!) is resting and sleeping - that is, between feedings - and the baby is gaining weight quickly already.  

Yesterday was a bit tense.  However, the Skype'ing, Facebook'ing, emails, cell phone calls from literally halfway around the world (the little family lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) started to go at seemingly lightning speed once everything suddenly started to happen. 

We, on this side of the world, have been watching video sent and seeing pictures since, loving every minute of it.  Thank heavens for such wonderful communications via all those handy electronic gadgets out there! Seeing and hearing the tiny babe hiccuping was just so very sweet.  As you can imagine, we're "over the moon."  What bliss! 

Welcome to the world, Baby Aiden!  We love you.  We can't wait to meet you and hold you for real.  Until then, Skype'ing will have to do. 

And just for the record, I'll be going by the title/name of "Babushka" - I've waited for ages to be called that. That's with the accent on the first syllable, please!

Stay safe, my friends, especially those in the US, most especially in the southern states where you're not used to this weather we're having.  Strange to think that it's in the 90's in KL.  That's what you get when you live too-few miles from the equator.  From Wiki I quote about the summer when the new dad was born: 
"[It] was a period of intense heat and drought that wrecked havoc on much of the Midwestern United States and Southern Plains throughout the summer of 1980... the most devastating natural disaster... destruction in U.S. history... The heat wave began in June...the central and southern Unites States allowing temperature to soar to 90 F (32 C) almost every day from June to September."
Ahhh yes!  The new dad was three weeks late and had to be induced.  He arriving on a balmy (!) 112 degree day and I suppose he fell in love with really hot weather.  And yes, I know, we who've given birth tell our stories, almost obnoxiously - and to anyone who'll listen, ad nauseum!  Welcome to the club, new young mum!   

As always, I hope everyone is doing their very best, only better.  Ciao and paka!   


  1. Congratulations! How fabulous!!! My first grandchild is due in June and I know how excited I am, so can easily relate to how eager you've been to become a grandmother! Did you say it's a boy? We found out last Saturday that the baby still brewing is a boy! I'm wishing all the very best for you and yours!!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Maschelle!

      It's been so fun getting all the congrats and good wishes from twitter, Facebook, now here. It's been even better seeing all the pictures come in as everything was progressing. The baby and mum came home today and hubs and I were contacted via Skype and had a wonderful visit. It's fun seeing my son worry about the very things we worried about with our babies: the wonderful sign of pooping in a diaper, an example. Seeing that things are working! You'll have to keep me posted. Maybe we should have a ME/CFS/fibro club - and allow ANY grannies to join! The more the merrier! Thanks for the smiles you put on my face! xx

  2. Rest in Peace old friend. So sorry you had to leave us so soon. You'll be missed!!

  3. Soar with the angels, Irene, my dear friend. Will treasure your memory and will miss you very much. Love, Sharon