I am grateful...

My plan for this shortened week has me doing a lot of things in a short amount of time. One of those things is editing this blog post.

As anyone with small children knows (I suppose anyone with children of any age knows), the “best­ laid plans of mice and men oft go astray”.

First, my son woke up 3 times throughout the night with what seemed to be growing pains in his legs, and so I ended up rubbing his legs and soothing him back to sleep ­3 times. Then of course my daughter woke up for her early morning feeding as I finally got him back to sleep. So needless to say I was quite exhausted this morning. And honestly, a bit stressed as I had these deadlines in my head of what needed to get done before the Thanksgiving holiday.

But, as I lay holding my daughter after she ate, I took a few deep breaths and took inventory of what my body really needed. To rest. To enjoy these precious moments with my children. To let go of things out of my control.

I know this time doesn’t last forever. These sleepless nights. These cuddly little babies (and a big boy ­4 and half to be exact). I also know in the moment it seems so overwhelming and everything that does not go right, seems to be heightened.

So for today, I am going to be kind to myself. To take the moments to rest if needed (and I get lucky enough that they present themselves). To not have such high expectations about what things need to look like and what needs to get done.

Because what is important is my time with my family. I am truly grateful to have this time with them. To be able to be present with them, to console them when they are crying, and laugh with them when they are happy.

I am grateful that my husband is always supportive even when he too is tired. That he reminded me this morning about what is really important. That I have his support...always.

I am grateful for my career... where I get to make my own hours doing what I LOVE to do! I am grateful to of had the opportunity this last year to work with some amazing coaches and meet some amazing colleagues to help me plan some exciting things in the new year!

I am grateful that I will be expanding my Just Between Moms group from monthly to weekly, I will have the opportunity to work with an amazing therapist in my practice so we can continue to expand how many new parents we can work with.

It is going to be a great year and I am so very grateful that you took the time to read this. Thank you for being here. I am wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!!


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