Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blessed Birthday

I choose to be happy today.  As we get older, we always say that birthdays are just another day.  We say that, yet we want them to feel special.  I could easily allow myself to feel down today, but I refuse.

It all started out with Sadie not having a good night.  She has gotten into the bad habit of waking up twice each night, and last night was no different.  Apparently she didn't get the memo that today is my birthday and she should treat me to uninterrupted sleep beginning at 12:00 a.m..  That didn't happen.  I was out of bed three times.  However, I am beyond blessed to have a baby to wake up with in the night.

I thought that I'd spend the day having a mother/daughter shopping trip to the galleria.  Getting us dressed and out the door was not that easy today.  Usually she is more cooperative.  And then there was the jar of baby food that fell out of the pantry and shattered all over the floor making a huge mess after I'd already strapped Sadie into her car seat.  The plan was to be at the galleria at 10:00.  ha ha ha!  We did eventually make it, but the trip only lasted about thirty minutes.  Thanks to an off schedule last night/this morning, I had one sleepy baby on my hands.  She wasn't being bad, but the whimpering and droopy eyes were more than my heart could take - I decided to head home after making two small purchases (neither of them for myself).

Thanks to the caloric number counting that Kris is doing these days, I'd told myself that I'd let Sadie take me to Chuy's for lunch since we won't be going to dinner tonight.  I couldn't ask him to take me to Chuy's and have him order an unseasoned chicken breast and a cup of lettuce while I feasted on creamy j and a Chuychanga - I'm not that cruel.  Obviously, Chuy's didn't happen either.  I didn't need it anyway.  So, in a way, I guess I'm blessed to have avoided those unnecessary calories!

Then there's me being all alone on my birthday.  Well, with the exception of my sweet baby, of course.  Twelve hours a day having a one-sided conversation....at least when I was working I had 18-20 children wishing me well on my special day.  But I wouldn't give up staying at home having a one-sided conversation for anything.  I am BLESSED!  Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to be a stay-at-home mom!  I can do without a classroom full of hyper kids just wanting a piece of my birthday cake.

I never thought I'd say this, but today I'm especially thankful for Facebook.  I've had many birthday greetings, none of which I would have received if it weren't for Facebook telling people that today is my birthday.  Thank you, Facebook friends!

As the afternoon of my birthday quickly passes by, I will sit back and count my blessings.  I might not have a real conversation until 7:00 this evening, I might not get a birthday dinner, and all my birthday greetings might be via Facebook, but that's ok.  I have a precious baby girl, a wonderful husband, a roof over my head, more food than I need, a family who loves each other.....it is truly a very blessed birthday!

Oh, but I mentioned cake earlier.....there is a tasty little bakery within walking distance from my house.  I think that there just might be a treat there that's calling my name.  I mean, it is my special day!!

1 comment:

Jennilenni said...

Yay! Welcome to the blog world! I love your outlook on this day. Have a wonderful day & go get you some cake!!! :)