Raindrops & Giggles

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.

31 comments on “Raindrops & Giggles

  1. ProBlogger 7 link Challenge | A New Kind of Normal says:

    […] post title that I am proud of is Raindrops & Giggles.  It just fit perfectly with the experience in which I was writing […]

  2. Mama Kat says:

    I just finished going through a lot of your blog to prepare your SITS day post and my GOODNESS you’re an inspiration!! Keep up the great work lady!

  3. It’s My Party Day! | A New Kind of Normal says:

    […] importantly I’ve learned to enjoy the small things in life that really matter, like the giggles of a baby […]

  4. Stopping by from SITS…I love your blog and you’re right about how kids make your forget about the negative stuff. 🙂

  5. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I love seeing the world through my son’s eyes too.

  6. Jyl says:

    Great post! Sometimes it is the little things that get us through!

  7. Jessica says:

    Isn’t it amazing how our children can affect our lives for the better? How they MAKE us become better people? Loved your post. Congrats on your SITS day 🙂

  8. what an inspirational post- thank you for the reminder 🙂

  9. Jenny says:

    You are good to take notice of those moments! Unfortunately, I think many slip by without our attention. They are the moments that make life beautiful!

    Happy SITS day!

  10. keely says:

    Oh, this brought a tear to my eye. Seriously- nothing in the universe is better than those moments where you realize how incredibly fabulous life is because of your kiddos. (I have an 11 month old bundle of awesome.)

    Happy SITS day from Chicago!

  11. Gina says:

    Such a cute story 🙂
    Congrats on your SITS Day!

  12. Shell says:

    Kids always have the best perspective on things. If only we could see things like they do all the time.

    Congrats on your SITS day! I’m a new face in your followers box. 🙂

  13. Andrea says:

    Another SITS visitor here. It is so true how amazing our children are. They’re resilient, and although they can sense our basic emotions, it’s fantastic when they happen to lift us right out of our state of mind with a laugh or a smile. I’m glad your lil one did this for you!

  14. Leslie Limon says:

    Watching my kids laugh and play makes my world a better place. 🙂

  15. Scraps says:

    Laughter is contagious in the best possible way 🙂

    happy SITS day!

  16. lynn hahn says:

    I can identify with your story. Did you adopt or finally get pregnant?

    We had a miracle child and found out later that my husband had issues after doing fertility because we couldn’t get pregnant again. The doctors looked at me like,”was your son a present from the postman?”. He wasn’t. He has his dad’s funny big ears, shape of his face and my husbands amazing ability to argue his way into getting you to do just what he wants. My son was in fact a present from God. A little angel to brighten our lives. I’m glad you got one too:)

    Happy SITS day!

  17. adrian says:

    That is definitely a stop & smell the roses moment. Good for you.

  18. Mama Mary says:

    I agree with Mama Kat, you are truly an inspiration. Oh, and I too juggle 14 bags at one time and it drives me nuts! : ) Happy SITS day!

  19. Tonya says:

    Thank you for this sweet post! It brought a smile to my face on this rainy, gloomy day we are having here in MO! 🙂

  20. Judy says:

    Congrats on you {much deserved!} SITs Day!

    Love this post – and how it reminds us to take the time to notice the small {but MOST meaningful} moments in our lives that we’d otherwise take for granted. Children are such a joy {most of the time ;)} and I, too, am so grateful to be a mommy!


  21. Lynsey says:

    I probably miss moments like that all too often. What a cute story and a great reminder that the little things are what make life special and worthwhile!

    Happy SITS day!

  22. Oh way cute blog – the photos of you on SITS totally pulled me in! Congrats on your big day!

  23. Happy SITS day! Look forward to learning more about you!

  24. Life with Kaishon says:

    I absolutely LOVED this post. What a wonderful reminder to be happy and to enjoy life. Even in the rain : )

    LOVE that you are the SITS girl today. Super nice to meet you!

  25. Jen says:

    You are amazing. Thanks for sharing your story. Congrats on your SITS day. 🙂

  26. Liza says:

    I love that. I have a four month old and am definitely experiencing moments made better by the laughter and giggles of my daughter! Your family is just lovely.

    Happy SITS Day!

  27. Shelley says:

    My son is better than anyone at making me smile! Children can be great inspirations.

    Happy SITS Feature Day!

  28. Caity says:

    Great post. I love posts that make me smile. I love the optimism.

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