I’d like to take a day to really reflect on everything I am thankful for in my life lately. Even though things get tough sometimes we always manage to pull through. There’s a hardworking, dedicated man in my life who never ceases to amaze me. Sure, we have our squabbles just like anyone else, but when it gets right down to it, there’s no one else I would rather have those squabbles with. He does so much and rarely complains. He’s an awesome papa bear to our little man and I can see how much Max loves him. The squeaky door signifying Dan’s return from work each afternoon elicits squeals of delight from Max- he immediate scoots right on over to him, huge grin…man, it’s the best! Each and every day is an adventure with Max…he is adding more and more skills to his repertoire and always seems really proud of himself when he accomplishes something. he is diligent and deliberate when learning a new skill- takes his time to master it…and I mean, really takes his time. He was officially taking his first steps around 17 months old and is getting better and better at it! My favorite thing in the world that he does- if I had to pick one- is when he gives me a kiss while making a “mmm” sound and lays his head on my, staring up at me with a big smile. The sweetest thing EVER! I have been asked a lot if Max is sleeping through the night. Most of the time the answer is no. This used to frustrate me to no end. Cosleeping did not suit us well for the first year or so but now its actually working really well. He usually sleeps on his own until the dark hours of the early morning and winds up sleeping peacefully between us at some point around that time. Anyway. Other things. Lately I have been feeling a reconnection to the world that I felt I lost after being pregnant and becoming a new mother. I have been spending a bit of time with friends here and there and it is just enough to remind me of how lucky I am. I have some wonderful friends in my life. Beautiful, beautiful people inside and out who mean so much to me and I am so glad to know them! And family…where would we be right now without them? We have gotten so much help over the last couple of years that I really don’t know where to begin with it. I can usually always find someone willing to lend and ear and so many of them has helped us out when we have been in a bind. I appreciate each of them so much! I’m so excited to be marrying Dan in 51 days! Although we have already begun our journey as a family, I know there are lots of awesome memories ahead for us and no matter what comes up we can get through it together!