This Thanksgiving weekend marks a huge reminder for me on how far I have come since last year and for that I am feeling very grateful and reminiscent of this past year. And what a year it has been.
A year ago this weekend, I had officially finished work and was starting my maternity leave. That weekend I also started having my first real contractions, braxton hicks, but they started early in the morning and were quite regular. So regular that we though this was it. I remember thinking that if if the baby decided to come that I was ready. That calmed me down. We were in Vermont and I really didn’t want to rush home… I wanted to go shopping and take some outdoor maternity shots! I mean, I had just stopped work the day before and my joke was watch this guy come early (I was 38 weeks). I wanted my three weeks off so that I could get some stuff done before my life changed (for the better) and got really busy. Anyways, we waited the contractions out and sure enough they stopped. So we got to stay in Vermont, we got to have our maternity shoot and of course, go shopping for more baby clothes!
When I think back to that one year ago version of myself, I feel like I had no idea what was about to happen. In those last few weeks leading up to Ethan’s birth, I got to really enjoy myself. I got a lot of small projects done that I just never got around to doing while I was at work (including making Ethan a baby blanket). I also spent a lot of time being with friends, hanging out with my parents and buying stuff for baby. And of course many, many doctor appointments. At that point, I think you need to be off just for all the time spent at the doctor’s office!
As you know, Ethan arrived on November 9 and yesterday marked his eleven months. This little guy is nearly one year old. More observations on that in another post. And though it seems like time has flown by since last Thanksgiving, in all honestly, it really hasn’t. When I look back at this time last year and where I am today, I feel like it has been a year. A whole year of growing, learning, discovering and taking in the changes of our new lives with a new human being to take care of and grow into an awesome person.
So I am feeling very grateful for my little family and everything that we have experienced this past year. This weekend is also Ethan’s first Thanksgiving! We will be celebrating tonight with my extended family. Happy Thanksgiving my (Canadian) Friends! Enjoy your loved one and your full bellies!