As Thanksgiving is only an hour away, tonight seemed like a good night to reflect on some of the things that I am thankful for this year. I don’t have to think terribly hard to come up with a list, and that itself is something I am thankful for. Our blessings have been many and we are so very grateful for each of them.
This year, like all others, I am thankful for family. My family grew this year, we started as just a couple and now it feels like a real family. We are our own entity, we’re no longer identified as someone else’s kids or someone else’s sibling, we’re now us, a family of our own. I am thankful for my husband for helping me create and raise this beautiful boy of ours. Everyday I get to watch him be a parent is better than the last. I’m thankful for our son, who has made my heart grow about 100 sizes since coming into our lives. I feel like the best version of myself because of him.
I’m thankful for my parents, who have not just been unbelievably supportive of my husband and me, but have showered my son with endless love, with material and non-material gifts. They are the greatest grandparents and adore my son almost as much as I do and he is so lucky to get to grow up with such wonderful role models and such abundant love.
I’m thankful for my older sister, who also happens to be my best friend. We have both begun a brand new adventure in parenting, and being able to share in these experiences with her is nothing short of awesome. I’m also thankful for my younger sister, who has always maintained that she never, ever, ever wants kids, but is also just the most adorably loving aunt you could ever imagine.
I’m thankful for my friends, both in real life and online. I could not have survived the first 6 months as a parent without the incredible support system I have here and outside the computer. I’m thankful for the bags and bags of hand-me-downs that my son has received from friends like Allison, Tena and Jen, among others. I’m thankful for friends who send extra diapers and all the adorable monkey clothes because they know how obsessed I am with monkeys.
Over the past 6 months I’ve learned that parenting truly does take a village and I am so thankful for all of you for being a part of our village. I am a better parent and person for having all of you in my life.