So this is my stereotypical Thanksgiving post, just a few days late. But better than nothing right? I’ve been thinking the past few months about just how different our life is than a few years ago. In the last two years, we’ve gotten married, bought a house, adopted another dog, switched jobs, and had a baby. heyyo. That’s a lot. And, although it has been stressful at times (I won’t lie- it’s been really hard at some points), I can’t imagine my life being anywhere else. I’m a huge Christmas fan and love the whole feel and energy that surrounds the next month or so. It’s cheesy, but it really does put me in a better mood and make me realize just how much I have to be thankful for. I’m not very good at expressing my feelings, and I want to be better about putting things in writing. So, without further ado, here’s my list for the year.
Internet strangers: may sound like a weird one, but some of my best friends are people I’ve met through online message boards. From girls I met while planning the wedding, who I’m still friends with 3 years later… to new moms I met during pregnancy. There’s something special about friendships with people who are going through major life changes at the same time, who understand what you’re going through. It’s so great now to have a group of people I can turn to when I have questions about raising a baby; people who don’t mind talking about puke and poop and all sorts of other inane things.
Family: I am so thankful for my family who have been incredibly supportive of Jeremy and I during this new phase of life. Especially my sister Becca, who I’ve gotten so much closer to the last few years. I always worried that our age difference (7 years) would hurt out relationship, and I’m sure it did when we were younger. Let’s face it, there’s not much a 17 year-old and 11 year-old have in common 😉 But the last few years we’ve grown much closer and I really love spending time with her and watching her find herself. Plus she makes an awesome baby (and dog!) sitter. 🙂
Coworkers: I have a few coworkers who I consider friends, and for that I’m so grateful. There are some days I’m not sure how I’d survive the work day or week without them. From random stories and crazy websites to morning coffee and donut runs to introducing me to awesome playlists via Songza (1990s High School Dance!), they make the days go by quickly and less painfully.
Husband: Jeremy is probably the one person I am most thankful for, especially these last few months. He has been absolutely fantastic to me and Miss Lo. He’s helped out so much with her (I really don’t think I changed a diaper at all until he went back to work). But almost more importantly, he’s put up with me and all the crazy hormones (and sleep deprivation-induced irrational freakouts.) Ok, and just my general orneriness. He stood by me through pregnancy, picking up all the pieces around the house while I became a huge bum. He gave me unwavering support during childbirth and continues to reassure me that I’m doing good with Miss Lo. He’s an amazing father and continues to be primary caregiver for the pups. It sounds cliche, but I really don’t know where I would be without him as my partner. I can’t wait to see what fate has in store for us as we continue our life together.
Pups: oh, the devil dogs. the monsters. the douchedogs. I love them so much and they make me smile daily. Even though I want to lock them outside at least once a day, I’m so glad they’re in our family. Constant companionship- one or both would lie by my feet all night long. Something that made those up-all-night first few weeks of parenthood a little easier to bear. They’ve adjust well to having a baby in the house and I’m so excited to watch Miss Lo grow up and form her own special bond with each of them.
last but definitely not least…
Baby Girl: I don’t even know where to start. I was so nervous when we found out I was having a girl; I was 100% convinced it was a boy. I don’t like girls; I’ve never been a girly girl. But the second she was born, I just felt… calm. All those cliches came true- I felt like I’d known her forever. Like this was all meant to be, like it would just work out. Yes, of course there have been some really hard days and weeks, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. (hindsight is 20:20 and all that, right?) I truly cannot imagine life without her. I am in awe of every little thing she does- first smile, the way she watches the world around her and how much she grows and changes every single day. She’s made me more patient, more loving, and more appreciative of the little things and the big things in life. I am so thankful to be able to watch the world through her eyes.
And on that note, I’m changing gears and becoming a little less sappy. Here’s my materialistic thankful list 😉
- my smartphone that keeps me entertained at all hours of the day
- baby swings
- Christmas trees and lights
- laundry machines and dishwashers
- hair ties
There is so much more that I know I’m missing. I continue to recognize each day how blessed I am.
P.S. I know. I haven’t even introduced Miss Lo to the blog yet. I promise it’s coming soon! Along with updates on all the other big life changes. I’m slacking.