Ok, it's Thanksgiving and it's Thursday which means luckily for you, I get to vomit thankfulness all over this place. Now, in no particular order, here are a few things I'd like to offer thanks for:
- I'm thankful for feminine products. Yep. I said it. Tampons, pads and panty liners. Think of where we'd be without them? Not your ideal situation to be in once a month is it?
- I'm uber thankful for my family and all my nephews, nieces and god-children. I mean those little rascals make me happier than you can imagine. Just last night, I got a text from my niece that said, "I can't wait to see u tomorrow. I love you so much!" I mean really....no matter how bad your day is, reading that just makes it all better. My mom has been super supportive since I told her about our situation and sent her the link to this blog. She didn't know much about what was going on until recently. I'm glad I have her support and her confidence.
- I'm beyond thankful for my husband and all that he does for me. This man is one of those men that your friends don't believe in. The kind that does TONS of housework without ever being asked to do it, sends flowers for no reason, brings me presents when I'm sick or sad, knows exactly how to cheer me up when I don't wanna smile, loves having a houseful of kids that aren't ours on a regular basis, cooks a steak like nobody's business, is gorgeous, tender hearted, sensitive to others and loves me even when I've lost my mind and have no idea which way is up. He's pulled me back from a dark place on more than one occasion. I love him with every ounce of my being. I know how blessed I am.
- I'm thankful that I live in a country where I'm free to be who I want to be. I am thankful I have a job that provides me with the money to pay bills, buy food any time I'm hungry, buy clothes to keep me warm and shoes to protect my feet. Partly, because of where I live, I can have clean water, indoor plumbing, electricity and shelter. I know not everyone in the US has these things, but because of where I was born, I have a better opportunity than some.
- I'm thankful for my health. I know this IF business means I'm obviously not as healthy as I thought I was, but overall, I can't say I am UNhealthy. My brother faced cancer seven years ago and went through hell for a long time while he fought that battle. I've never had to face anything like that and I am so grateful for that. I can see, hear, run, play, carry kids around on my shoulders and do so without pain or complication. I have very little to complain about, although I do it so readily some days.
- I'm thankful for my friends. My IRL (in real life) friends are amazing. Supportive, hilarious, solid, dependable, trustworthy, loving and always a pillar of strength when I need it even when they are battling their own fight of kids, school, infertility, health issues, etc. I've had the same best friend since tenth grade and another best friend since seventh. Some of my "newer" friends I've had for a few years and because we've gone through a lot of the same things, it feels like so much longer. I really am so appreciative of all my IRL friends...I just wish I saw them more. :)
- I'm thankful for my blogger friends. I know most of you have heard this ad nauseam but because of a lot of you ladies, I have gotten great advice, learned a thing or two that have helped me in my struggle and honestly, felt less alone than I have in years just by reading the posts you've posted about your IF journey. Many of you have gone on to have little bundles of your own now or are in the process of that now. It gives me hope. Keeps me thinking this could work after all. Because of you, I haven't given up yet. :) To those of you still on this crazy ride, hoping for your little baby boy or girl (or both), you have given me comfort and let me know these feelings I have most of the time aren't as insane as I sometimes think they are!
- Last but not least, I'm thankful for living in a day and age when technology and medicine allows us to pursue something that we otherwise would not be able to pursue. Hopefully, next year we'll be able to show our gratitude for a healthy pregnancy or baby.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving regardless of what you're doing. If you're home alone, chilling out, enjoy it! If you're with your family and friends today, have a blast. I know we will!!!
Bursting with all kinds of vomitous appreciation,