Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter already got a Thanksgiving message from me on Tuesday in which I thank you all for your support and loyalty and spirited discussions. DW turns two in January and it’s been a thrill to watch as the site, and more specifically, this community, grows into something even bigger than I hoped. Thank you for being part of it.
In addition to you, I am thankful this year for so much, including:
1. A healthy family (including Miles and Simone!). There have been a rocky moments in the last year, but everyone is still kicking and doing relatively well. I’m lucky to spend today with loving in-laws (including a lively 6-year-old nephew and a spirited almost-five-year-old niece who are sweet cousins to Jackson), and Christmas next month with my parents, sister, and extended family (including both my maternal grandparents who are thrilled to have lived long enough to spend time with their first great-grandchild) in Missouri.
2. Friends, old and new. This was a great year for friendship despite having less child-free time than ever to hang with pals. There are a handful of people I now consider good friends that I barely even knew a year ago. I consider that a success. And my older friends are still just as awesome as ever. I’m grateful that at some point this year, I got to see just about every single person I consider a close friend.
3. Thyroid medication and a great endocrinologist. Back in February I thought I had developed PPD. I was depressed, anxious, angry, and exhausted. My endocrinologist ordered some more blood work and it turned out that my thyroid levels were way out of whack. She increased my meds and within weeks, I was feeling like myself again. I even managed to finally drop the 15 pounds that hadn’t budged since giving birth.
4. Jackson’s babysitter. Back in February, when I was feeling overwhelmed, I hired a woman to help me with Jackson a few hours a week. Since then, I’ve tripled the hours she spends with him, allowing me to invest time in running this site. More than giving me the time I need, she gives me peace of mind. Jackson lights up when he sees her, and friends in the neighborhood who see them out together comment on how engaged and loving she is with him.
5. Karaoke. Always.
What about you?