Thanks and Giving

I’m going to take a page from Susan’s book and do a Thanksgiving Top 5.  It’s a good idea to set aside everything else on a day like this and just be thankful for the wonderful things in your life.  In fact, I may have a difficult time only thinking of five things to be thankful for, but I’ll give it my best shot.

  1. I’m thankful that this baby is healthy.  Sure, I’m disappointed we didn’t get a good look but I walked out yesterday feeling happy too and I know that’s because the baby seemed to be doing so well.  Now, if there were something to worry about, I don’t think this tech would have told me.  She was a very closed-lip sort of gal.  But I saw the vital organs for myself and everything looked just fine.  The baby moves around a lot and I haven’t had to worry much this time around.  Not that I’d have time, but it’s nice to have one less thing, right?  So I’m very thankful for a healthy baby.  I can’t wait to meet him/her.
  2. I’m thankful for my family.  I have a great family.  Kile is a fantastic husband and father.  I don’t know if I can emphasize that enough.  He takes care of us without complaint and puts up with me so that’s saying something.  Harry is so smart and sweet and mellow.  I love all of that about him.  He makes a fantastic older brother since he has a very strong sense of responsibility.  I can’t wait to see what he’s like with the new baby.  Liam is just such a joy.  He’s impish and adorable and fun to interact with.  He’s not naughty, he’s just curious.  And busy.  He loves to be on the move.  But he also loves to slow down and get snuggles now and then.  I don’t know what I’d do without any of these guys.  They are my life.
  3. I’m thankful that we’re not traveling today.  I’m such a homebody, staying home makes me happier than anything else.  It’s always great to go visit with family and see people I don’t get to see every day, but I’m very happy to be staying put.  We don’t have to worry about traveling over the mountain or clear across the state.  Driving is such a drain.  I’m so incredibly grateful that we’re able to stay put in our own beds this year (I’m sure the picky Liam is grateful too).
  4. So I guess I’m also thankful that our friends invited us over for Thanksgiving today.  We’re bringing mashed potato casserole and some sparkling cider to drink but that’s it.  They’re providing the rest (including the turkey and barbecued tri-tip!) as well as their home for us to enjoy it in.  So that’s just wonderful.  We can stay home and not have to spend the dinner alone.
  5. I’m thankful I don’t have the flu this year.  When I was pregnant with Jackson, I had the flu at Thanksgiving.  That was miserable.  Of course, it didn’t stop me from doing everything I normally would have done down there (we went to San Jose that year), including a trip to the mall the day after Thanksgiving.  Insane, I tell you.  Thanks goodness I don’t have that to deal with this year.  That flu made the cold I had last week look like child’s play.  So thanks must be given that I am feeling well this year.  Pregnant and sick is a miserable combination.

I hope everyone else out there has a fantastic Thanksgiving.  Those of you who celebrate it, of course.  Don’t eat too much pumpkin pie!!