Thanksgiving is a nice holiday where people gather and enjoy one another's company. It is, in fact, a lot less commercial than Christmas, which I appreciate! But the best thing about Thanksgiving, for me, is that I get to really be thankful. I am one of the luckiest mummy's in the world. I have both my boys with me....and I almost didn't!
You know about Sammy, but Jack was no walk in the park either! He decided to come out after just 24 weeks gestation, so I fought to keep him growing inside me with Magnesium, a Terbutaline pump and months of bed-rest. We made it to 36 weeks and only a few days in the NICU after some complications from the emergency C-section! At five years old, Jack was diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis. He had an emergency lumbar puncture and, after 10 days in hospital, we administered medications via a picc line in his chest. He and Sammy both have neck and chest scars from their lines.
With our crazy battles to keep our children healthy, I really do appreciate spending today with my sons.
- I am thankful for the excess laundry I do with two boys who can always find the dirtiest place to play
- I am thankful that I get prodded awake in the wee hours of the morning to tell someone they are okay after a nightmare
- I am thankful that I have to say no to social events because my kids need me for one of their events
- I am thankful that I have been known to have a mini-meltdown as I work out how to get my kids to tidy up
- I am thankful that I can hardly type because Sammy has just sat down next to me, pinning down my right arm and chattering away as he plays his allotted time on the Wii
There are so many other things I take for granted too often these days but I am reminded just how lucky I am today. I am with my boys, I'm about to make a dish to take to the family gathering, and I am complete....not sane by any means (but that is because I'm a mom).