With what’s left of Ida moving into our area, my joints have been sending out weather alerts for the past two days (seriously, I may as well be a meteorologist as my joints are usually more accurate than the weather forecast when it comes to predicting rain). Since I am on a daily anti-inflammatory (Mobic) I am very limited in what I can take for pain relief but I was so incredibly thankful to discover Tylenol Muscle Aches & Pain (8hr). To be honest, for the most part I may as well pop skittles instead of Tylenol as I get the same amount of pain relief from both but this kind actually works!! Granted I’m not ready to run a 5k or anything but it allows me to function relatively normal in the rain (and CVS has it on sale this week!).
Enough with the product reviews and back to the topic at hand. . . I am busily trying to get myself ready for work this morning and while I’m not appreciating it getting dark by 6pm, I have been enjoying getting ready with some daylight outside. Not such the case this morning. Its dark and yucky so I am dragging. While I am trying to get Chloe (our wild hilarious dog) to come inside as she is having a blast frolicking in the rain, I am trying to force Charlie (our perfect reserved dog) to go out as she refuses to pee in the rain for fear of getting her paws wet (seriously she could hold it for days if it means going out in the rain). So after I wrangle the pups, I go back upstairs to get Abby ready for daycare. She is her usual smiley self (which means you can’t help but smile along with her) of course until I have to take her toy away to get her dressed (who knew such a beautiful sweet girl could have such a temper). But I dress her quickly so the crisis is resolved when I return her toy. We then watch the news together while she chugs down her morning bottle.
As we get to the car, I’m getting frustrated by trying to juggle my purse, my work baby, the diaper bag, Abby, AND an umbrella. I finally get everything in the car and buckled without getting but so wet from the rain. So I start the car and we are on our way. As I am driving, I hear giggles from the backseat. Lots and lots of giggles. Abby is just full of herself laughing at herself in the mirror. So in an instant my mind goes from being overwhelmed with grumbling about the rain to being overwhelmed with immense gratitude and joy of being a mom. Abby was just having a good time and was completely unaware of the massive impact she was having on her mommy in those few moments. I am so thankful for the opportunity to parent such a wonderful amazing child. The road was long and hard to get to her, and while I would have never wished to be infertile, I am thankful that God blessed the road to get John and I to her and her to us. So even now as I look out my window and see the rain drops hitting the glass, I replay Abby’s giggles in my mind and am thankful of all of those moments that may only last a couple seconds but make life so amazing.