Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada. Since I lived in America for so long, I used to celebrate both Thanksgivings, and both had different feelings for me. Canadian Thanksgiving always reminded me of home and family, and mmm sweet potato mash. American Thanksgiving was always the beginning of the holidays and I still put my tree up that weekend. Our family never did the whole going around the table and saying what we’re thankful for, but this year, there are many things I’m thankful for.
My city. I am so thankful to live in Toronto and to have free access to countless amazing hospitals, programs, and services, especially for Ella. We’re pretty much on the wait list for every service we may eventually need. I’ve never been happier to not have to decide between paying for a doctor’s appointment or buying groceries.
My parents. Buds loves his Grandma and Papa and they have helped so much during my pregnancy, hospital stay, NICU time, and even now dropping off and picking up B from school. They also are our only babysitters so our one chance to head out sans kids.
My fabulous friends. I have amazing friends here and away who have been super supportive in lots of different ways. I also have a new circle of NICU friends who get what it’s like, and can answer questions others can’t.
My three musketeers. Buds made me a mama and continues to blow my mind every day with his personality, stories, and love of books and fire trucks. Our girls are the teeniest, feistiest little ladies ever. They really are hilarious and I love watching them interact. Ella blows me away with what she has been through. She’s not even seven months old yet but handles the doctors and poking and prodding like a champ.
My partner in crime. I do not believe in fairytales, relationships take work, and ours is no exception. But, being able to talk about the day or challenge each other to a game of monopoly makes this parenting thing a bit easier.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, whether you celebrate this month or next, being thankful should be a feeling we have all year.