Friday Five – Gratitude: Pregnancy Edition

Happy belated Thanksgiving everybody!  I sincerely hope that all of you were able to enjoy yesterday surrounded by friends and loved ones.  Preston and I are currently in New Jersey, enjoying the weekend with my in-laws and our last weekend away from home before baby makes his arrival.

I love this time of year for many reasons, but particularly because it allows me to focus on what I’m truly grateful for.  Not that I’m not grateful throughout the year, but this time of year in particular really emphasizes it.

There’s so much that I’m thankful for this year, especially when it comes to my pregnancy:

  1. Baby’s health – Though we’re aware of one health concern that we’ll have to work with the pediatrician to monitor after the baby is born, I’m extremely grateful that Baby Thayer overall looks very healthy.  Not every parent is so lucky.

    36 week ultrasound

    Baby Thayer during our 36 week ultrasound on Wednesday

  2. My health – While I stopped running about a month ago, and have slowed down a lot over the past several weeks, I’m thankful that I’m still able to be active.  I may not be able to be as active as I’d like to be, but not every pregnant woman is able to make it through their pregnancy without having to face limitations put into place by their doctor, or without having to go on bed rest.
  3. Amazing friends and family – I would not have been able to make it to my 9th month of pregnancy without the continued support of our friends and family.  Their love and support means the world to me.

    Preston and I with our parents at our baby shower back in September

    Preston and I with our parents at our baby shower back in September

  4. Incredibly supportive coworkers – Every single day at work, my coworkers are looking out for me, especially as I near the end of my pregnancy.  So many are constantly checking in on me, making sure that I’m okay.  Its even just the little things that so many of them go out of their way to help me with, like when a mobile computer cart or textbook cart needs to be moved from another classroom to mine.  Yes, I could do it myself, and I’m often stubborn enough to try to, but so many of them quickly jump in and offer to do it for me.
  5. All of you – The outpouring of support that I’ve received both here on the blog and on social media has been absolutely incredible, to the point that some days it has brought me to tears (happy tears that is).  I honestly can’t imagine having gone through this journey without the support that so many of you have offered.

QOTD: What are you grateful for this year?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!


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18 Responses to Friday Five – Gratitude: Pregnancy Edition

  1. Yes a healthy baby is certainly something to be thankful for indeed. Hope you had a nice visit with your family

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! I’m grateful for my baby and celebrating her first Thanksgiving yesterday. It was a lot of fun!

    And to your #4-I did the same thing (trying to push carts/carry boxes and textbooks) a lot further into my pregnancy than I probably should have but was too stubborn to ask for help. Thankfully, I, too, have coworkers that just did it for me without asking me if I wanted them to. They knew I’d just do it myself if they mentioned it! It’s so great to have the support and help!!

  3. Praying for a safe and happy arrival of Baby Thayer next month! I’m grateful for my friends, family, and near-to-good health (and hoping it’s ALL good soon!)

  4. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 I hope the next few weeks go smoothly for you 🙂
    I’m so thankful for this wonderful life. Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones making me extra mushy…but I’m just so incredibly happy and thankful.

  5. Hope you had a lovely holiday. Safe travels back home!

  6. So grateful that you’ve had such a healthy pregnancy!

  7. Holy cow! I did not realize that you are due next week! What an exciting time for you!

  8. This post made my heart smile! The baby’s ultrasound is so precious! It must be chalk challenging to have to slow down but nice at the same time. Enjoy this fleeting moment in your life. It passes quickly. 🙂 good for your co-workers!! I have a great set who would do the same for me. It is a blessing!!

  9. Pam says:

    It has been fun watching your progress and how exciting that you are now in your ninth month. It sounds like your co workers and family have been right there with you every step of the way during your pregnancy. Your Christmas will be extra special this year. I am very grateful for my family and friends and especially good health when so many people seem to be struggling with serious illness.

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