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I am thankful for my boy. It's corny, but true: we finish each others' sentences, we think the same things at the same moments, we are each others' cheerleaders, we help each other through every day and through problems...I couldn't dream of anyone better.
I am thankful for my baby. He is such a joy, even when he's fussy and inconsolable. I miss him if we're apart for an hour, even if I'm just in another room working. I watch him sleep before I go to bed each night, and when I tuck myself in I'm excited to see his smiling face in the morning. He is growing in leaps and bounds, and I'm trying to savor every bit of baby-ness I can, because he's becoming a boy.
I am thankful that I get to take time off to be home with my baby. I couldn't imagine going back to work at six weeks, or even three months. Hell, I can't imagine going back now! I just feel so grateful that everything worked out as it did, and I have the freedom to stay home now.
I am thankful that I got to travel. I know having a baby doesn't totally change my life, but I'm glad I got things "out of my system" so I can have no regrets now. I traveled fairly extensively, and had money set aside to travel more, but I was just... done with it. So now I get to live on that money now, and I'm so glad. If I had used it all up before, I wouldn't be here now, and I probably would regret that. Any traveling I do from now on can include my little one, and I'm excited to show him the world.
I am thankful that I'm finally getting the degree I've always wanted. This is paving the way for me to get the career I've always wanted. It's taken over ten years and several different degrees and career paths to get here, but it was all worth it, and it's making me value grad school that much more.
I am thankful that I live close to family. I was 13 hours away from my parents for a year, and my brother was 13 hours away - in a totally different direction! Now we've both come back and get to see each other fairly often, and our kids are already so close; I never knew how happy that makes me.
I am thankful for my friends, because I have the best ones. Whether they are near or far, whether we talk all the time or check in periodically... I don't know what I'd do without them.
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