Week Two: Thankful

 

 

When I first discovered I was pregnant with Ellie, I cried and spent the night Googling reasons you might have a false positive on a pregnancy test.  While I was grateful that we’d be adding another little one to our family, the pregnancy was a complete surprise.  We wanted to have another baby but were hoping his or her birthday would be in the winter so I could take some time off of work during the pregnancy and postpartum period.  But life doesn’t always go according to plan.

This pregnancy wasn’t easy.  Aside from the everyday pressures of running a business, caring for a toddler, and normal pregnancy discomforts, we faced some really difficult and painful situations. It was a hard nine months.

While strapped to the operating table, moments before my doctor escorted Ellie into the world, the weight and pressure of the proceeding months hit me and I couldn’t keep it together.  Tears flooded my eyes as I realized the past few months were over and a new season was beginning in our little family.

Rich was able to work from home the week after Ellie’s birth, allowing us to spend time together as we transitioned into being a family of four.  It was a quiet, peaceful, and wonderful week, that left both of us feeling very thankful.

We are thankful to have a healthy baby.  I know there are so many couples struggling to get pregnant. and so many parents have to face the pain of having a sick child.  I never want to take my children or their health for granted.

We are thankful to live in a country with access to maternal care.   As much as I wasn’t excited about having  a second c-section, I’ve held the hands of women whose babies have died and whose health has been severely compromised because they did not have access to medical care.

We are thankful that Ellie loves to breastfeed.  After experiencing nearly every breastfeeding issue in the book with Isaac, the fact that she can latch on to my boob and eat, still feels like a miracle.

We are thankful for the kindness and generosity of others.  From helping to watch Isaac, to bringing us meals, and making sure Ellie is the best dressed girl around, we have been so moved by the love that has been shown to us.  Having so much support has been humbling and made this transition so much easier.

We are thankful for each other.  I can’t image moving through the seasons of life or parenting with anyone other than Rich.

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Baby items we are loving this week:

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper  A Rock ‘N Play is a must have for any new mom.  It’s light, portable sleeper that can be used in place of a bassinet.  The baby sleeps at a very cozy 45 degree angle and the rounded base allows you to easily rock the baby to sleep using only your foot (which is very helpful in the middle of the night).  Ellie has been sleeping in the Rock ‘N Play next to our bed at night and will likely sleep there until we transition her into a crib.  You can buy a new Rock ‘N Play for as little as $40.  It’s definitely money well spent!

Aden and Anais Swaddleplus Blankets  These soft, breathable, muslin blankets come in a four pack and are multi-functional.  They are prefect for swaddling, using as a breastfeeding or car seat cover, ab=nd are large enough to lay on the ground as a little baby mat.  The only downside is they come in SO many cute patterns and designs it’s hard to stop at one pack!

 

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