Thankful & Grateful this Holiday Season

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I feel like better late than never is perfect for this post about the things and people I’m thankful for. Sure, Thanksgiving was a week ago, but in my new mom/first-time mom world, it’s acceptable to do things late.

Unless there’s a deadline, but there’s no deadline on this.

This Thanksgiving Holiday I had a lot to be thankful for as life changes and evolves. It’s definitely been a year for the books. So many changes and the year flew by really fast if I do say so. I really enjoyed 2018, though. To be honest, I enjoy all that it brought me and all that it taught me.

You know it’s wild to look back on this year, but I wouldn’t change anything because my heart is swelling with love. I’m a mom now and it’s weird to even think that but I am. I have this little bundle of joy that screams and poops all the time but I love him. There are some wonderful people in my life, too. I’m just more obsessed with my kid and talking about him 24/7 but I love all my other people.

First — Cannon Alexzander

I’m completely obsessed with my child. It’s weird to think of myself as a mom now but I’m one, and I love this kid. Cannon marched his way in early, and he’s a feisty little thing. It’s only been three weeks but I’m obsessed. I don’t know how I’m supposed to not hang with this kid every day when I go back to work. He keeps me on my toes and awake. Cutest kid ever. End of story.

Most people see the sleeping Cannon. But, I get all hours of him from waking up to tummy time to sleep. I get it all. I see all of Cannon and who he is right now, and I get to help him develop into a good human. He has so much personality, and he’s feisty. I absolutely love him and everything about him. I’m beyond grateful that I delivered a healthy baby boy despite the complications on his day of delivery.

Cannon’s dad — Chase

Cannon’s dad and my boyfriend. I’ve always been beyond grateful to have Chase in my life. For the past few years, we’ve been doing this relationship thing, and he’s helped me grow as a person. I’m so happy I slid into his direct messages because who knows where I would be right now?!

We’ve been through long-distance, injuries, arguments, and more. Somehow, we’ve been able to get through it all. I don’t think there’s a better person in this world than Chase. It’s actually really cute how obsessed he is with Cannon — he’ll dance with him in the store and already has a nickname for him. He’s the best, and that’s a fact.

My original support system — parents.

To be honest, my parents have done SO SO much for Cannon, Chase, and I. When I need a break or a shower; my mom will come over and watch Cannon. If I need some help with something, my dad or mom will show up. I can call my dad about anything concerning my car or bills and he’ll have some idea or answer. They’re always there, and that’s a blessing. I know a lot of people don’t have a support system that is right down the street and I’m so grateful for it.

I don’t think anyone can top my parents. From the baby shower to picking me up at 5 AM to take me to the hospital when I was in labor. They do it all. Plus, they still feed me a lot and put up with my dog so that’s a lot to be thankful for. They are next-level. Best parents and grandparents.

Family aka Ohana.

Chase and I are very blessed to be surrounded by family that want to help and be involved. Chase’s mom would see me every other weekend while I was pregnant just to get me out of the house. My sisters came over the weekend after I gave birth to give me a break and my brother has helped me out, too. Obviously, everyone is over the moon about the baby but it’s nice that they want to help. I appreciate it a lot because you never realize you need help until it’s offered.

So very happy to have all these wonderful people in my life. I think a lot of people forget how helpful family can be but utilize their time if they are offering it. Not going to lie, I’m one of those people that don’t want to ask for help or accept the offer. But, I’m learning to take it because there are moments when I need a twenty-minute break. If the family is offering their time, why not take it?

The friends that check-in.

Last but not least, I can’t let the friends that check in go unnoticed. A lot of my friends don’t have kids, so I know their path is different than mine, but they didn’t make me feel that way. I had Sam sending weekly texts to check-in even when I couldn’t get back to her. Julia sent me a postpartum gift which is highly appreciated it.

A handful of my friend group has checked in, and it makes me feel loved. Grateful for their caring hearts.

Thankful for all that read the blog.

Last but not least, I’m thankful to those that take the time to read or subscribe to my blog. It means the world to me that you care about the things I’m writing about. I’m grateful for the support and being able to interact with you all. I know I slack off every now and then but you loyal people stick around!

Here’s to a great holiday season and I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Who or what are you grateful for?

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