Without a doubt, I am thankful this year.  My entire life has changed and been given new meaning by the birth of my healthy, beautiful baby girl, and now looking back … I don’t think I even understand what thankful was before this past July.  So needless to say, I could certainly write an entire post on how blessed I am because of her, and all the reasons why, but it would most likely turn into a small novel rather than simply a blog post.
So for the sake of time, sanity, and my realization that no one wants to read the million reasons why I am thankful for my Waverly Maye … I will instead write on the superficial reasons why I am thankful.  In other words, my current obsessions, favorite things, products I love, esc. – especially because they are definitely always changing.  Here goes …
  1. I am thankful for Pinterest.  Really, who isn’t?  I have found more baby ideas, craft projects, products that I never knew existed and never thought I needed, recipes, fashion inspiration … and then some.  We (Pinterest & I) actually have a love/hate relationship as it sometimes can uncessarily stress me out when I realize how much more organization I could have in my home, how much creativity I lack in my gift-wrapping, or generally how many hours of life I lose to searching endless ideas.  But at the end of the day, I am forever grateful for its presence in my life, and would be even more grateful if Virginia Beach City Schools would allow me to use it at school and unblock it from its server.
  2. I am thankful for my Camera.  Speaking of lost time in life, I am embarrased to admit how many hours of my day are devoted to taking pictures of my baby girl.  To say I am obsessed would be an understatement.  I seriously get nervous and don’t feel complete when I am without it.  The chances of missing a candid moment, new facial expression, or stand-out outfit are too high.  (Specifially, I am thankful for the new, upgraded camera that I currently purchased … which takes perfectly clear, high-quality shots.  It is the Sony Powershot.  More to come later.)
  3. I am thankful for Gap.  Specifically, Baby Gap.  This is one of those current obsessions of mine that I wish I hadn’t discovered.  Baby Gap has seriously the cutest baby girl clothes EVER!  I have spent more hours drooling over their website than I am willing to admit, and although I have had the will-power to not buy anything full price as of yet … I am not sure how long that can last.  My GAP fashion tip … wait for the sales!  Like them on Facebook & sign up to recieve coupons online!
  4. I am thankful for Etsy.  OK, so I realize most of these are technology-driven, but so is my life.  My love of Etsy began when I was planning my wedding, and as a result, the majority of the details on my special day were purchased there.  The amount of absolutely adorable baby items on can be overwhelming, and like many of the latter, I spend many of hours searching through them a day.  Many of Waverly’s headbands, blankets, and bloomers are a result of a special Etsy find.
  5. I am thankful for a Thanksgiving break; thus, time off with my baby girl.  So I realize this one is sentimental … but I had to at least have one.  I have been back at work for a little over a month now, and while I still enjoy my career, I miss my baby girl like crazy.  I realize I should not complain, as I am lucky enough to be able to be home by 3 everyday … but simply, sometimes that is just not enough.  So the opportunity to spend an entire four dayuninterrupted with my little family just overjoys me.
Our Thanksgiving celebration will consist of a “double-header,” as we will be visiting with both sides of our family throughout the day.  I can hardly wait … love, love a celebration and love one even more when it involves Miss Waverly Maye (and is her first!).

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