What I am really thankful for this month…
My Facebook news feed is full of a daily dose of all of the amazing heartfelt gifts that my friends are thankful for this November. But, as I think about my life and all of the chaos and craziness, my list looks very different. Here are 10* brutally honest things that I am thankful for this year.
1. I am thankful that my inappropriate and really mean thoughts about some of the people I encounter are not out loud… especially now that Noah has started repeating my comments over and over again.
2. I am thankful that I have a functioning washing machine that has access to all of the water I need to wash load after load of laundry since Noah’s recent “stomach bug” has caused a need to wash multiple loads of laundry throughout the day and night. I mean, seriously. I think we may have been able to empty a very small ocean with the amount of water we have used and I think we are single-handedly keeping Tide Laundry Detergent in business.
3. I am thankful that we have found an amazing daycare for Noah. Yeah, they do things that get on my nerves sometimes but, I trust them to look after my son for 9 hours a day. They have taught him so much that, frankly, I would have lost patience with after about 2 attempts.
4. I am thankful that my amazing husband looked at Noah the other day and said, “Son, you are going to make some woman or some man incredibly frustrated one day.”
5. I am thankful that this same incredible husband doesn’t care that it takes over 2 hours to get my hair cut and straightened on a Saturday because he knows it makes me feel good about myself.
6. I am thankful to whoever invented the Video Monitor. I am still confused at how parenting even existed before we were able to stare for hours on end at the tiny black and white screen when he was an infant, squinting to make sure he is breathing. And now I use the amazing ability to see into his room without waking him to determine if the “Mommy, come get me” is because he just doesn’t want to sleep or because he is covered in poop.
7. I am thankful that Noah loves to take baths. He plays and swims and sings and kicks. He has more toys in the tub than he has in his room. He loves baths with or without bubbles. He drinks the water and thinks it is so cool that the world sounds different when he sticks his ears beneath the surface. He hasn’t fallen in love with having his hair washed yet but we are working on it.
8. I am thankful for Facebook so that I can share pictures and stories about Noah with his grandparents and family that are not so lucky to live nearby. I never thought when I signed up for my Facebook account that I would be that person who posted way too many pictures of my kid but, apparently that’s me now.
9. I am thankful that Noah understands and (most of the time) adheres to my “Play-Doh stays on the placemat” rule. While there are occasional slip-ups and every now and then a Play-Doh football is hurled across the room, Noah understands rules and boundaries. He tests them regularly but usually, with a sound and logical explanation, he agrees.
10. And most of all, as simple and trite as it may sound, I am thankful for Dum Dum Pops. Yes, it sounds silly and yes, it is a terrible parenting strategy. But, the truth is, my kid will do anything for a sucker. I am fully aware that there will be ramifications later but, for now, I am more than happy to bribe and negotiate in order to get him to school with pants on, finish a shopping trip, or get him to take his medicine. If it only costs me a sucker, I’ll take it.
*11. Oh— and I am thankful for family and friends and health and all of that other stuff too.