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{Thankful Thursday: October 17, 2013}

Thankful Thursday | TheMcBaileys.com It’s Thankful Thursday, and yes I realize I haven’t posted one officially on the blog in a while. Hey, I had a baby, cut me some slack! I don’t even have to think about what I’m thankful for today. Today, I’m thankful for my Moms. Yes, plural. Not just my biological one, my inherited one as well. Yes, I’m referring to my mother-in-law as well.

When we brought Waverly home she was the easiest baby on the planet. She had a predictable schedule, Andrew was off for two weeks so we took turns napping, it was so much fun. I honestly thought that if babies were as easy as Waverly I’d pop another one out ASAP. I know, I know, you experienced moms are laughing because you know exactly what I’m about to say…and then…yep! Amazing baby turned into terror baby.

Andrew went back to work and thankfully my mother had come to stay for the week. That week was by far one of the hardest weeks of my entire life. Waverly spent the better part of three nights screaming bloody murder for no reason. There was nothing I could do to console her. She was miserable and so was I.

One night was so bad that I sobbed holding her {for the two hours she was crying} and made the decision that I just couldn’t do it anymore. I knew I wasn’t cut out to be a mom. I started down the hallway, from her nursery, to get Andrew and my mother caught my eye in the guest room. She hopped out of bed and tOld me it was okay. She scooped Waverly up, darted downstairs, and told me to go to bed {I hadn’t slept more than 3 hours a night in three days}.

I stood in her nursery and cried my eyes out. Decided to put my big girl pants on and go downstairs and tell my mom I would handle it. The moment my mother saw me round the corner or the stairs she wouldn’t hear of it. She told me I needed sleep to clear my head. She was right. I slept a full 4 hours that night {after crying myself to sleep}. I woke up refreshed and ready to conquer new mommy hood.

My mother saved me that night. She truly saved my soul and my sanity. I also saw a side of my mother I’ve never seen before. She was calm, gentle, a pillar of strength, and above all else the mother I want to be. So for that night {and all of the other nights/days she was here cooking, cleaning, taking care of Waverly} I am beyond thankful.

Which leads me to my in-laws. When my mother left on Saturday I dreaded Monday morning. I didn’t know how I was going t survive without someone to help me. At 6:00am on Monday morning, in strolls my mother-in-law. She took over, let me sleep till 8, and greeted me with a smile when I emerged from my peaceful slumber. She’s been here every morning since. Talk about saving your daughter-in-law.

These two women have given me, us, their time, patience, and guidance. But beyond that I have a new respect for these two women. They spent their entire lives forgoing their wants and needs to care for their children. They have a patience for our daughter that only a mother, a grandmother, could possess. Everyone told me you would never understand your mother, any mother, until you became one. They were right.

So, on this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful {and in-debt} to these two amazing women mothers. Thank you for loving our daughter, showing me what motherhood is all about, sacrificing your lives for us, and for saving me. I owe ya one {or 12}.

What are you thankful for this Thursday?

Ps, I’d be remiss not to give a shout out to my father-in-law. Thank you for allowing Andrew and I to go out to dinner on our anniversary and for being such a loving grandfather. The way your eyes light up when you see her and the love you exude when you stare into her face make my heart smile. Thank you for being you.

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5 thoughts on “{Thankful Thursday: October 17, 2013}”

  1. Okay now I know her name! So cute! And you are so blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive family. Waverly is one lucky girl. 🙂

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