Every year, time seems to pass even faster than the year before. I've felt the need to cherish this time, try to hold on to it and just savor it. At the end of this month we will be holding our little piece of heaven on earth. I'm stuck somewhere between wanting to hold her, meet her, kiss her...and wanting to just be still in these moments I am in because I know they will never be the same. Any mom who has ever had more than one child can probably relate to what I am feeling. It's a feeling that your life and heart couldn't possibly be made any larger with even more love...but it can. It's an amazing thing that happens the first time you lay eyes on your new baby.
Not only am I counting the days till we meet Mia, but this time of year is my absolute favorite. I love everything that comes with it, all of the memories of the year before and new ones to make.
So in an effort to savor and cherish each day, I am going to post one thing that I am thankful for that day. It could be related to the kids, to my husband, finding a glazed croissant in the bakery....whatever it is, I'll write about it here for the next 30 days. I'm hoping this will make me slow down a little, to acknowledge and notice the little blessings around me everyday (because there are so many!)...and to just be thankful for how good God is...every day in every moment, in every new phase, new life, new memory, new accomplishment and just in the little things that make us happy- He's in all of them.
Today, I am thankful for a new phase to be shared with my Bella girl. Daddy took Asher to play golf for the day, so me and Bella had the whole day to ourselves. I decided it was a good day to focus on her potty training. I started by showing her that there are no more diapers left (there really aren't- daddy is going to buy overnight pull ups instead) and then we went up to Mia's room and I showed her Mia's little newborn diapers and that she is going to be a big sister and can't help me change Mia's diapers if she is still in them herself. Then I sat her on her potty with a yogurt stick and within 30 minutes, she went! We've just been hanging out in the living room today with her shows on, reading books, playing with play-doh and she's already gone 2 more times!
So, yes although there are many things to be thankful for today, I am most thankful for pee-pee in the potty, a little girl in Hello Kitty underwear and the time I get to spend with her.
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!