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Thanks to the good within the bad December 5, 2016

Thanksgiving is a great yearly reminder to take the time to reflect on your life and count all the blessings in it. At times, the routine or rush of the day doesn't even give us time to think, or worse, we only notice everything that is not going according to plan. It's important to turn around our way of thinking and perspective on everyday trivial matters and focus on the good. 

  • I am thankful that my baby has healthy lungs. You probably know where this is going. The other night, we spent about two hours trying to get Olivia to fall asleep. She wasn't having it, she was uncomfortable, there was something bothering her, but we didn't know what. She definitely let us know by her crying. Non-stop, sometimes even when we held her. It's easy to get frustrated, but at this time, I am thankful that my baby is able to cry and let us know she's not happy.
  • I am thankful for family visits. I would love it if my family was all nearby, but the circumstances are different, we're all over the place. On normal years, we maybe see each other once a year and if we're lucky, we can even get the whole gang together. This year, since Olivia's birth, I've been blessed with many family visits and just this past weekend we were all able to meet up and spend the weekend together. Even if it's on rare occasions, I'm incredibly thankful that we're still able to travel, spend time with family and remember how much we love each other. 
  • I am thankful for the roof over my head and food on our table. There's sometimes when you have to stretch every single dollar you own and make some cuts here and there. I might not be able to go on a shopping spree whenever I want, but we can buy groceries, we have a safe home and we have stable jobs. We're not millionaires, but we have an income we can spend on necessities. 
  • I am thankful for my body and my health. Looking back at this year, I'm truly amazed at what my body has done. From developing a tiny little baby, to giving birth, to the recovery and to the continued nurturing of my baby, our bodies are incredible. Yes, it might not be the same body I had before getting pregnant, but it's so much stronger. I had a pretty slow recovery, but I did bring to life one of the biggest blessings in my life. I might have some struggles with milk production, but I've fought for it and have been able to nurse for far longer than I thought. 
  • I am thankful for a great daycare center. I don't love having to go to work everyday, but it a necessary evil, so to speak. Thankfully, we found a great daycare center for Olivia. They treat her with love, listen to my worries and questions, keep her health in mind and I truly feel they want the best for her. In the meantime, Olivia gets to socialize with other kids, she's exposed to other people who teach her different things, and quite frankly she's developing quite the immune system. Even though it still hurts to drop her off every morning, I know she's loved there and getting and experience I wouldn't be able to replicate at home. 

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The list can go on and on. For one seemingly negative thing, you have to pause and reflect on the million positives attached to it. On the days when you feel that everything is slipping through your fingers, take a moment and five deep breaths. Let's change our way of thinking and find the good, the blessings and the value in our everyday lives.