All I could think about today as I drove home from work (early) today was what an incredible life I have. Don't get me wrong, there are days when I complain and get incredibly frustrated but when I really take a step back and look at the big picture, I love my life.
And maybe it's just all of the crazy hormones talking but for some reason I am so much more appreciative of the little and big things right now than I have been before and hopefully that feeling doesn't go away when the hormones do.
So here are some of my favorite things right now starting with the most obvious - baby boy. Everyone told me it would be fun to feel him kick but honestly it really is an amazing feeling and just seems like he's sitting there saying, "Hey mom, I'm in here. Just wanted to remind you in case you forgot." The whole thing still doesn't feel real but it's getting there. Oh and while we're on the whole being pregnant thing, I know I am huge thanks to being five foot and having nowhere to put baby, but for the first time in my life I'm not self-conscious about every bump and curve because they have a purpose - there's a baby in there!
Number two is our new house. I come down the stairs every morning and tell Richie, "I love our house." Seriously, love it. I could come up with an entire list of things that I love about it but I'll just stick to the biggies - we have an island in our kitchen. An island that is just daring me to start cooking and baking again because well islands are made to be cooked on. And we have a garage, no more going up and down the elevator to get groceries out of the car for this girl. This has been a huge bonus lately since I can't carry more than two bags of groceries. Oh and did I mention that we bought a new king-sized bed. I have no idea how we stayed in a queen-sized bed for so long but there is no turning back now. And the mattress we bought is an individual coil one so Richie comes to bed three hours later and I have absolutely no idea because I can't feel a thing coming from his side of the world (or so it feels).
So enough about the house (which I hope you all come see someday). Next up is my job. It's probably one of the things I'm the most up and down about - I think that's part of any job - but right now it's pretty perfect. My benefits are AWESOME, my boss is fantastic and flexible with my schedule, and I really feel like I'm doing a good job. I can't say I'm not excited to be taking on a different kind of responsibility in a couple of months and taking the summer off from the office but I will say that the past few months have shown me what a blessing my job, and especially my boss, really are.
And finally, I'd be ungrateful if I didn't mention what amazing friends and family I have. I am so excited for Briel to go on her mission and so glad that I was there when she got her call. And that her and my mom are coming out to throw me a baby shower in a few weeks. And I'm excited to spend time with and finally join the ranks of all of my friends who are moms in the area and have already taken me in as a part of the group. Oh and then there's my new calling as the YCL specialist for young women's camp this summer. Not sure how I'm going to pull it off with a new baby but I'll find a way and I'm already getting excited just thinking about it and planning all of the fun things I'm going to do with the girls.
Alright, I'm done rambling. I just felt the need to say something, especially because I'm sure there will come a day when I need to remember how blessed I am.