Besides the usual things (family, health, shelter), here are some other things I am particularly thankful for this year as the mom of a newborn and toddler:
An amazing partner and grandparents -There is no way I would survive all the chaotic, sleepless days of having a newborn combined with recovering from surgery and entertaining a very active toddler without my wonderful husband. We are also lucky enough to have both sets of grandparents living relatively close and willing to entertain our 2.5 year old once a week. Not everyone is this fortunate and I don’t take it for granted. I bow down to any of those single moms or moms with husbands overseas or travelling who must do this on their own. As they say, it truly does take a village.
4 straight hours of sleep – Sleep takes on a whole new dimension those first few months with a newborn. A dimension where you find yourself thanking your newborn for letting you sleep 4 straight hours – as if that’s a miracle (and, trust me, it is.) And with a toddler around there’s no more napping during the day when the baby is sleeping which equals constant exhaustion. So, yes, I’m grateful for any sleep I can get, as broken up as it may be.
A smartphone – As a nursing mother of a newborn, I spend a lot of time on my smartphone. A LOT. So much in fact that my thumbs and other fingers have started feeling stiff. So if you receive a poorly spelled blathering email from me at 4 am, you know why. I actually wrote this post on my phone! So thank you, Apple.
Witnessing the start of a (hopefully) beautiful sibling relationship – Yes, my youngest is only 5 weeks old and hardly interacting with her older sister besides staring at her, but just seeing the love and adoration my oldest has for “her” baby melts my heart. The way she races to check on her at the tiniest cry, or pushes her in the swing or says “I missed you” while showering her with kisses. I’m thankful for it all – however long it may last.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?