This week has slipped by in a flurry of tantrums and trips to and from kinder. Everyone is tired and grumpy and in a ‘nobody loves me’ kind of mood, and we have to do it all over again in a few days time!
Still, here I am, trying to decide what to be grateful for this week. Sure, I know I have a lot to be grateful for every day, all the time, family and friends and a nice place to live, all of that stuff, but what something special, or something I often overlook, should I be particularly mindful of this week?
This week I am grateful for babies.
We went to visit a new baby today. A tiny little girl, 3 days old and just gorgeous. With a head of black hair, not as much as her oldest sister but more than her middle sister and looking a little bit like both of them. She was born a little early due to some complications. Those complications had her in an isolette and ‘under lights’ for the first few days of her life but today she was well enough to come out and is doing so well she will go home with her Mum on Monday. I am so pleased that she is doing well and that her Mum doesn’t have to go home with her.
We are waiting for a lot of babies in the next few months. Another one is due any day now and every time my mobile phone beeps I wonder if it might be news. Two more are due in March. All of these babies, including the gorgeous three day old, as yet un-named, bundle we met today are extra special, all of their parents have been through some hard yards to have them.
I am also getting a new nephew and then a new niece this year. Plus, recently we’ve had news about two more babies that will arrive this year, one especially exciting announcement this week.
Already this year though, we have had one baby who didn’t stay long enough to be born and someone we care about a lot is struggling to conceive. Back when we were younger and we all worried so much about getting pregnant and worked so hard not to, who would have thought that in our 30’s we’d all be wondering why it wasn’t quite so easy to get pregnant or stay pregnant?
Babies are special. My babies are especially special to me.