Happy Thanksgiving to all of my DTT readers! Well, it looks like I’ll be getting this week’s installment of DTT, aptly renamed Thankful Thoughts Thursday, in just under the wire. Hopefully, you are nestled all snug in your beds and drifting away into a tryptophanic-induced sleep. While Clara sleeps peacefully (many thanks to my nephew Brody for wearing her out today) and Taylor rests upstairs, I’ve decided to take this time to whip up a rather short list of the things that I am thankful for on this my favorite of holidays. In no particular order, I am thankful for the following:
1. My beautiful daughter, Clara, who will be turning two in just under an hour. She has brought so much joy into my life over the past 24 months. While she rocked out to a performance during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade this morning, I couldn’t help but smile at the little girl who has changed me in so many wonderful ways. Because of her, I’ve learned the power of patience and that love has no limits.
2. My husband, Taylor, who works very hard to give Clara and I the life that I always dreamed of. Although we drive each other nuts at times, I am eternally grateful to him for putting a very nice roof over our heads, enabling us to travel and enjoy the fruits of his labor and giving me the gift of motherhood — one that cannot be purchased at any Black Friday sale or returned the day after Christmas.
3. My wonderfully supportive family and friends, who have been just an incredible source of strength for as long as I can remember. Knowing that so many people love and care for us has made it easier to get through some of the rough terrain that we’ve encountered over the last few years. My two favorite times of the year are the summer and the holidays, as they provide us with ample opportunities to celebrate with and thank those we love the most.
4. Those anonymous blood donors whose selflessness saved Clara’s life and is currently working to save the life of our unborn daughter. Two years ago this week, we would have lost our little Clara if it hadn’t been for the two platelet transfusions (made up of donor platelets) that she received while in the NICU at Women & Infants Hospital. It is also important to note that the IVIG treatments I’m currently receiving wouldn’t be possible without all of donors who have given of their time and blood. It literally takes thousands of donors to make just one bag of IVIG. During the course of this pregnancy, I will be infused with at least 32 bags. I cannot express the amount of gratitude that I feel each day knowing that my babies’ lives have been spared due to the kindness and generosity of thousands of people who I’ve never even met.
Hence, another installment of DTT comes to an end. I’m feeling pretty tired myself and am looking forward to snuggling up in my warm bed on this rather chilly night. Tomorrow promises to be another busy day, with Clara’s birthday party preparations and another infusion. I wanted to post a belly shot this week, but didn’t get a chance to take a recent picture. However, I promise to get one up by next week. As far as upcoming pregnancy milestones are concerned, I have another Level II ultrasound a week from today, so will, hopefully, have some good pictures to share of that as well. For now, I’ll leave you with a quote from JFK that sums up today’s reflection and will preview next week’s:
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them…”