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Thankful Tuesday: Parents

Laura Hahn

Thanksgiving is finally here this week--anyone else feel like this month flew by?! We are preparing for a cross-country flight to LA to spend Thanksgiving with my in-laws, and it'll be my last flight before baby #2 comes (if you’re flying as well, here are some great tips on flying with two kids). While Christmas is my ultimate favorite holiday, I do enjoy Thanksgiving since it 1. officially kicks off the holiday season, and 2. involves a lot of delicious food. However, it’s not a secret that for some, reuniting with family is more stressful than it is enjoyable. This hilarious SNL sketch shows how Adele can fix all of that. ; )

Since our posts this month have been revolving around thankfulness and gratitude, we are extending that attitude to family, and parents in particular. I will say, since becoming a parent myself, appreciation for my own parents has shot up. Living cross country from them when my son was first born highlighted just how much I wished we lived near them, and how thankful I was to have loving parents who raised three children despite working outside the home full time. Though I don't remember what he was referring to, I do remember my dad telling me as an adolescent that one day, I would understand when I became a parent myself. Well, my eyes have definitely opened and I see a lot of things differently now that I am a parent. One is realizing what I nightmare I was growing up and the fear that my unborn daughter will give me as much attitude as I gave my own mother, ha! While there are no perfect parents, I know they sacrificed so much--emotionally, financially, and spiritually--so I have nothing but gratitude towards them when thinking about my childhood.

I am also extremely thankful for my in-laws. I know in-laws and mothers-in-law in particular can be a sore spot, so I realize how blessed I am to have such encouraging and loving in-laws who absolutely adore their grandson. Though my own parents were cross country when my son was born in LA, I was still fortunate enough to live within 30 minutes of my in-laws. Thanks to them and some friends, I didn't cook for 2 months after my son was born. We also saved a lot of money and got frequent date nights in by not paying for childcare. I am thankful that they love sitting down and playing with my son with undivided attention, and I especially love that they are eager to take care of him by themselves while hubby and I grab a quick trip away to rejuvenate. Though being back on the east coast means we're now cross country from them, we FaceTime every week and are always eager to be reunited.

In the end, I am most thankful that my son has two loving sets of grandparents, since not everyone is so lucky. How are you thankful for your parents and/or in-laws?