It’s a few days before Thanksgiving, so I think it’s about time for a more insightful post than my last couple. Although I wish I could be thankful for having abdominals again, this isn’t my year for that but I do have plenty of other things to be thankful for.
- Our amazing daughter Madison Mei — We’ve been blessed with a very happy, easy-going baby. Although I’m not getting much sleep these days (she teased us with almost a week of 8 hour sleeps at night), none of it seems to matter when she gives us so many smiles and we hear all those little baby giggles. It melts our hearts.
- My amazing husband Rich — He is such a hands-on dad and husband. He helps me change diapers and gives Madison the occasional bottle in the middle of the night, even when he has to wake up at stupid o’clock for work the next day. He helps wash a sink full of dishes even after an exhausting day at work and a nightmare of a commute. And he’s even still giving me back rubs a couple of times a week before bed even though I’m not pregnant. Stay away, ladies. He’s all mine.
- My supportive family — I know people think that being on maternity leave, I must all the time in the world to do things. But the honest truth is between feeding, diaper changes, and entertaining, time passes ridiculously fast during the day. I’m lucky enough to have my parents within a 40 minute drive of us, so if I ever ask them to come over for just a couple of hours just so I can get a couple of things done around the house or run a quick errand, they’re more than willing to come watch Maddie.
- Our fur baby Tonto — Of course I can’t leave our first baby out. 😉 You can never predict how your pets will react with a new member of the family, but luckily Tonto is coping in the best way possible… by ignoring Madison most of the time. He gives her the occasional sniff, but we like to think that he’s “admiring her from afar” rather than just pretending she doesn’t exist.
- My health — Although I still have a little ways to go to get back to my pre-baby weight, I feel lucky to have had such an easy pregnancy. Although Maddie’s delivery was less than ideal, I truly believe that my healthy lifestyle prior to being pregnant sped up the recovery process and helped me bounce back from major surgery. I’m working on getting back to healthy living and, while things aren’t going perfectly, I’m getting back into the swing of things.
Hopefully next year, I can add muscles to that list! But until then, I have so much to be thankful for and won’t forget it.