I am grateful for so many things lately. Motherhood is hard and I believe if I acknowledge all the wonderful things in my life it will make the tough things a little easier.
I am grateful for my healthy and happy baby. Sonya may still wake me up in the night and frustrate me sometimes but she is a wonderful baby. She is happy, laid back, and hardly cries... ever. She only really complains when she is tired or hungry and I can usually get her to smile anyway. Sonya is independent and trusting. She doesn't mind who is holding her or where we are. I am grateful she is so laid back because I hear a lot of babies only prefer Mom... or home... or constant attention. Sonya is usually happy where every we are.
I am grateful for my family and friends. Sonya's grandmothers come baby sit, her aunts come baby sit, and our wonderful neighbor Tina babysits so we don't have to pay for expensive day care. In fact, Nana has taken Sonya over night so Jake and I can have a break every once and awhile. We have decided to let Nana take Sonya at least once a month so we can have some "us" time. Sonya is so laid back and happy she doesn't mind the time away either! I miss her but it is a nice break every once in awhile.
I am grateful for my loving husband. He tells me everyday how wonderful of a mother I am and how amazing I am doing. I do the same for him. My husband switched to 2nd shift so he could take care of the baby in the morning... that way we only need a baby sitter for a few hours until I get home from work. My husband does all the dishes every morning because he knows how much I hate doing dishes and he wants to make me happy and my time with Sonya at night easier. I am grateful for our easy-going and loving relationship. A lot of times a new baby can cause tension in a marriage and we have grown closer. We try everyday to help each other out and make sacrifices for the baby equally. Being new parents is hard and I believe we are doing a pretty good job as both parents and partners.
I am grateful for my job as an art teacher. It sucks that I work over an hour away and I miss my time with Sonya but I am grateful to have a job. I wouldn't give up teaching for the world. I love my students. I am grateful for Jake's job. His job is flexible enough to let him work different hours and pays enough to cover the bills even though I took unpaid maternity leave. I am grateful Jake can work 4 - 10 hour shifts so we can enjoy long weekends together.
I am grateful for so many more things.