30 Days of Thankfulness – November 8th & 9th

Well…I did it again. I skipped a day and will end up posting two days in one. In my defense, yesterday was an absolutely hectic day. Noah has been a bit grouchy the past couple of days, and Wednesday night, he woke up 3-4 times during the night. That all usually means one thing…ear infection. We quickly got ready Thursday morning, and I called the doctor’s office as soon as they opened to get him an appointment. About 30 minutes later we were headed to our pediatrician’s office and were able to confirm that my suspicion was correct. After that, we ran a few errands, met Brian for lunch, and headed home to quickly get ready for a nap. I used the hour and a half I had before teaching to clean house and pack for our weekend away. (And if you have packed for a toddler…or any age of child…for a 4 hour car ride and 3 days in a hotel, you know it takes a little time to get things ready…snacks, clothes, diapers, entertainment for the car, things to play with in the hotel, etc.) Noah woke up early from his nap and just cried and cried. I held him and he drifted back to sleep. I am always more than grateful to hold my sweet, sleeping boy, but I still was not completely packed or dressed to teach! Our wonderful nanny showed up soon after and took the unhappy little boy (bless her for her patience!!) from me so I could finish getting ready. I taught for almost 3 hours and then we loaded the car and left town. We got in around 11:15 and got to work setting up our hotel room to make it sort of feel like home. This gave Noah a little time to run off some energy from sleeping in the car, and he was ready for bed about midnight. Needless to say, I didn’t feel like writing anything at that point!

All that being said, I am grateful for a mother’s intuition. What an awesome gift God has given us as mothers! I’m absolutely not trying to brag, but I think I have only been wrong once in regards to Noah being sick. (And he doesn’t ever run fever with an ear infection…) I am thankful that God has blessed mommies with the gift to sense when something is wrong with our children so we can get the care they need quickly. I’m grateful that Brian and I both sensed he was sick so we could get him started on medicine to help him get back to feeling like himself quicker. It’s no fun traveling with a sick child! Fortunately, he doesn’t act too sick during the days, just first thing in the morning and around bed time!

It’s a mommy post sort of day. Today I watched my son run and play in leaves. I am so grateful for the carefree spirit of a toddler. He doesn’t care if he looks silly. He doesn’t care if people are looking…actually, sometimes it is so people will look! He laid down in a pile of leaves in the middle of a sidewalk today. I just had to laugh. Some days I wish I could be that way too…just carefree and silly. Fortunately, I have a 2 year old who helps bring that out in me! (…although I didn’t lay down in the leaves on the sidewalk. However, I might have if it was in my own backyard!) I’m thankful also for the gift of lightheartedness. I’m thankful that I’m not a mom who immediately made their child “get up off the ground and out of those leaves…now!” I wasn’t sure what kind of a mom I would be. I am typically kind of an uptight person, so I have been surprised that I am a little bit of a laid back mom…but not too laid back of course! I am thankful that I am able to allow my child just to have fun, even if he is laying in a pile of leaves in the middle of the sidewalk!

Pure Joy!!

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