A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 14 – Mis padres

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Mis padres means “my parents” in Spanish. Oh, how I love my parents. I grew up in a house where my parents weren’t friends. They were parents. It wasn’t always easy talking to them. Or understanding why they did certain things but the older I get, the more I understand their lessons. Being a parent is flipping hard. And nothing can prepare you for it.

My parents did the best they could and for that, I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the sacrifices that they made for me. I am thankful for their pushes, their understanding and their encouragement. It was crazy embarrassing but I am thankful that my Dad, who was a speaker at my college graduation, made me stand up in a sea of hundreds of fellow graduates so that he could have everyone clap for me. I am thankful that when I was in a bind and had no car to get around my Mom simply gave me hers and got another one for herself. I moved away at 18 but I am thankful that I have two 2 houses that I can still call home.

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I am my parents’ favorite child. I am the oldest and therefore the best. Obvs. :cool:

 

Both pictures were taken at my baby shower last year.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 12 – Caretakers

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I am so grateful for Elle’s in-home daycare provider. I am thankful that she loves my baby as if she were her own grandchild. She cuddles her and knowing that my child is being watched by someone that I can trust makes being away from her so much easier.

It’s SO hard to find good caretakers. I get sad wishing that I had an Aunt or cousin nearby who could watch Elle. But we live in this big city by ourselves and I’m just ever so thankful that we have caretakers that we can trust.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 10 (Breast pumps) and Day 11 (Esposo)

You  like how I combined days 10 and 11, huh? I just knew I would fall behind on the daily posts. I knew it! I’m proud that I’m not too far behind though so yeahhhh.

Day 10: Breast pumps

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The whole “Elle not effectively latching despite my attempting every day for 3 months thing) devastated me and made those first new months of motherhood so so hard. But thanks to the modern conveniences of electric breast pumps, I’ve been able to exclusively pump for Elle for 10 months now. I’ve pumped in hotel rooms, cars, airports, conference rooms, restaurants…the list is endless. I hate it. Pumping sucks. But at least I’m able to give my baby that nourishing breast milk. And I’ve been able to give milk to a total of 9 babies. That includes 3 friends, 2 foster babies, a family who adopted a baby and 2 babies in NICU. I am beyond thankful to thee ole breast pump.

Day 11: Esposo

Today Epsoso and I celebrate 2 years of marriage! I’m a bit bummed out that we didn’t get to spend it together since he’s out of town working but I know he has big plans for when he returns. :wink: Marriage is crazy hard. There are some days where I can to punch my darling husband in the throat. But he’s my best friend. My #1 fan. My biggest supporter. My lifelong partner. I love him, will continue to love him and I am thankful to him and our marriage.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 9 – The Chance

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I took the above picture in my car last Friday before a job interview. I wasn’t nervous. In fact, I felt confident and powerful. I knew I would rock the interview. I do very good in them. I was just grateful to GET an interview. I feel like I look good on paper but securing an interview is always a challenge.

But today I am thankful because I landed that job. It was offered to me the following day. I get to work for a company that I actually like. I get to be creative. I get to be in control. I get to be independent. I get to work away from a desk from time to time.

I couldn’t be more thankful for this financial burst that our family so needs. And I am so thankful that someone gave me a chance.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 7 –Sunsets

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I could have easily done a super long post on how thankful I am for my baby girl (since today she’s 10 months old) but I remembered that I already wrote about her. Ha! I have no problems with being obsessed with my child. She’s awesome.

But today I found myself being so thankful for sunsets. There is something is magical about them. I’m not a fan of it getting darker earlier but the sunsets I’ve been able to catch this week have been breathtaking.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 6 – Greeeeens!

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I didn’t always like salad. And then I met Esposo who has turned me into a salad snob. I won’t touch iceberg and romaine. Oh noooo. I need my arugula, spinach and red cabbage. I LOVE greens so so much. I can eat spinach raw. I can eat it in a smoothie, for breakfast, steamed, on a train, on a plane…you get where I’m goin’.

I am so thankful for greens and how nourishing they are. How diverse they are. And how good they are.

 

 

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 5 – That feeling I get when I run.

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I’m not an athlete. Far from it. I didn’t really get into an active lifestyle until college. And it was post-college where I met running. I’m not the running “type”. I’m an amazon woman with big boobage and I don’t fit the running model. But honey, I love to run. I am so thankful for it. When I run I’m not thinking of the calories that I’m burning. I have no stresses. I just run. I don’t care about speed. I have my own mini goals and try to reach them. I feel like an Olympian at the end of a run. My body feels wrecked but mentally I am on a high. I love that feeling. I love how strong I feel.

Wish me luck! I’m running (will probably be doing a great mix of walk-jog but whatever…) a 5K next week!