10 Things About My Baby That I'm Thankful ForLauren Hartmann
Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. I love the festive fall decorations, I love the turkey, I love the mashed potatoes and I love cranberries from a can with the little lines on them (I know, I’m weird). But, most of all I love Thanksgiving because it’s a time for us to take pause from the busyness of our day-to-day happenings to remember the things that we are truly thankful for. Gratitude is definitely a lost art – especially when you’re a busy parent and sometimes the only thing on your mind is how you can possibly get through your day with a fussy baby relatively unscathed.
Even though there are definitely hard days as a parent, I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I definitely have a great many things to be thankful for when it comes to my little girl. So, I wanted to share 10 things about Fern that I am thankful for, and then invite you to share the things about your little one(s) that you’re thankful for in the comments – I’d love it if you’d join in! It really is a great way to help you reframe those challenging days as a parent – I know it was for me!
Read 10 things about Fern Winter that I am thankful for after the jump!
Her never-ending supply of smiles 1 of 10Fern doesn't laugh very often, but she definitely smiles a lot and when I'm having a tough day her smile can instantly brighten my mood.
Her love of food 2 of 10I am thankful that I have a baby who doesn't fight me at mealtimes. She has all the eagerness of a baby bird. When she sees food her hands start waving and her mouth opens in anticipation and it makes me laugh every time.
Her voracious appetite for books 3 of 10This girl loves a good book and will sit and flip through them forever and I love watching her do so.
Her love of animals 4 of 10Goats, pigs, cats, our dog, ANY dog...Fern loves them all.
Her willingness to be my buddy on adventures 5 of 10I am so thankful to have a little friend to accompany me on outings and adventures. It makes even the most mundane tasks, like grocery shopping, fun.
Her excitement for new things 6 of 10When Fern has a new experience the excitement on her face is evident and I love that it reminds me to stop and enjoy the little things in life - because they are often the big things.
Her tenacity 7 of 10Fern approaches tasks with a dogged determination that I can't help but admire. She falls down and gets back up again...and again...and again and will go after what she wants no matter how many times you redirect her. She reminds me to not give up on things so easily.
Her calm and observant nature 8 of 10Fern is pretty mellow and even keel. She doesn't throw many fits and she doesn't cry a lot. She also doesn't laugh a ton (probably because I'm just not that funny). Her general temperament is calm and observant and I am so thankful for that because, I'm not sure I could've handled anything more challenging this first time around as a new mom.
Her appreciation for the simplest things 9 of 10A new ball, a kitchen whisk or even a piece of paper - all are worth of her attention and appreciation and I love that about her.
Her post-nap snuggles 10 of 10Fern isn't the most snuggly of babies, but nothing can compare to those post-nap, groggy snuggles when she scoots herself up on my chest. It's the best.
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.
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