A couple of years ago I started doing “Thankful November”, where each day I post something that I’m thankful for during the whole month. It’s been a really great learning opportunity for me. A chance to step back and look at where my priorities are, and what I’m working towards as the holidays begin to close in. What I really love is that my “Thankful November”s coincide with National Adoption Month. There are so many things to be thankful for, all through the year, and so many of my reasons are wrapped up in adoption.
Daily I am reminded of the privilege of being a mom. It’s taken a lot to get here, and though the road was far from easy, and some days are still a challenge, I am richly blessed. I’ve said before that when you can’t get pregnant, people say really horrible things under the pretense of trying to make you fell better. I don’t know how many times people told me how lucky I was, for the simple reason that I would miss out on all the late night feedings and missed sleep. I get where they were coming from, but really, I would have traded every sound sleep for the rest of my life, just to have a baby. And now, now that I have a sweet little sucker of sleep, I couldn’t be happier.
Over the last four and a half months I’ve gotten the least amount of sleep in my life. I’ve never drank so much coffee, and I’m pretty sure most of my calories every day come from creamer. The bags under my eyes? They’re constant. For the last week, the babe’s schedule has been off and we’ve been up all hours of the night. To top it off, I’ve been getting up at four to go to work. That means not so much sleep for Marcy. But in all honesty, I don’t mind it. Because this amazing thing happens when he wakes up at night-I get to snuggle him. After changing his diaper and PJs, I wrap him in my arms and we snuggle down under the covers in my bed. For the next hour or so he plays whack-a-mole with my face and pulls my hair (he’s still working on that whole arm control thing). I dodge fists and plant kisses, counting down the minutes until my alarm goes off. It’s beautiful. And it has happened because of adoption.
I love sharing our story. I’ve shared it time and time again, and still do so through the blog and in any way I can. But I’m not the only one to have been blessed by adoption. So this month I’ll be hosting other bloggers as they share their adoption stories or current process. I’m so excited to share this month with so many, and I can’t wait for you to meet the amazing families that will join us here at No Maybe. So stay tuned, there are great things coming!
p.s. If you are an adoptive family, adoptee or in the process of adopting and you would like to share your story as well, please let me know! I’d love to have you join in the fun.