Connie Burns knew one thing for sure: she never wanted kids. After 15 years of marriage, though, lots of things have changed. Her best friend moved out of state, remarried and is having a new baby. Connie is also dealing with the realities of life with lupus. All the changes make her rethink having a baby, but her husband and her doctor are against it. Both encourage her to test the waters by being a foster parent first to see how it goes, since stress is the worst thing for her lupus. Not only is Connie a typical "type A" personality, but she has a high-powered career, a bedroom-sized closet full of shoes, a penchant for perfection and a compact sports car. Though she's not exactly primed for motherhood, she agrees they should foster to boost her chances at motherhood.
When four-year-old Desi is placed with them Connie's life turns upside down and her heart is quickly lost. But parenting isn't for sissies and this little girl comes with more baggage than most: Desi's mother is in hospice dying of cancer. Not only does Connie face traumas like hosting a birthday party for a 5-year-old, she also has to learn on the fly how to help Desi deal with a new school, a new family and the devastating death of her mother. As they take Baby Steps toward building a life together, Connie has to learn that life is messy, shoes aren't mission critical, and an imperfect life can be full of perfectly wonderful surprises.
I enjoyed this read it felt a little different for me. Connie Burns never wanted children. Married forever, she suddenly wants a child. Her husband is not so keen, they've always agreed no children. More so since Connie was diagnosed with Lupus.
When 4 year old Desi comes into Connies life, her life is upturned and changed beyond recognition. Connie has a lot to learn. While parts of the book are fun some parts are heart breaking. A great mix her for his book.
We certainly go on a journey here through this book.
The book did see to progress quickly, but it was easy to just go along with it.
The info and descriptions regarding the Lupus were interesting and done very well.
The risks around pregnancy at 39 and having Lupus were done very well. Although none of it was what Connie wanted to hear.
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