Thankful Thursday

After yesterday’s Whinefest, I decided to do a Thankful Thursday post to remind myself of all the wonderful things in my life right now. It’s easy to focus on the less than stellar things, but important to remember it’s not all doom and gloom. 

1) My sister reminded me of how just two months ago, I was struggling to shower everyday and get dressed before noon. Now I’m getting dressed every morning, commuting into San Francisco, completing a full day’s work, going home, putting some kind of dinner on the table, and am still able to dance around the house with Mabel before bedtime. 

2) I have a great partner. S has been so supportive since I went back to work. She can work crazy long days at her lab, but she always helps with Mabel without complaint. We have 4 hour shifts at night when we’re each on “Mabel Duty.” Whoever is on duty when Mabel wakes up tends to her needs. This way we each get at least 4 uninterrupted hours of sleep each night. She never grumbles about this, even when she has worked a 12 hour day and wants nothing more than to pass out in bed for 8 or so hours. She washes bottles when I oversleep and have to race out the door. She scoops the cat litter. 

3) Even though money is tight, we can afford a lovely nanny. All of our bills get paid. We have food on the table every day. We each have a retirement fund. 

4) Mabel. This girl is the light of my life. She is super smiley and has recently started chuckling. Not full belly laughs yet, but close. My favorite times each day:  her 5:30am feeding when we can snuggle. She usually nurses and then curls up with me in bed until I get up at 6. And when I get home from work in the evening, it’s usually right before she goes down for her last nap of the day. She curls her arms around my shoulders and buries her face in my neck while she “growls” herself to sleep. (That’s the only way I can describe it! She does this low growling sound as she’s drifting off, which I assume is her soothing herself to sleep.)

So things aren’t all bad. They’re pretty good actually when you look at the big picture. I just need to keep reminding myself of this when life gets stressful. 

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