Monday, October 31, 2011

I'm Blessed: By a Wonderful Mother-in-law

I have decided to start writing some I'm Blessed posts as part of He sows, She sows I'm Blessed series. I realize that I can sometimes be a pessimist and  think that writing a I'm Blessed post will get me thinking about the good things in life. 

This week I am going to write about how blessed I am to have such a wonderful mother-in-law. I know you may be thinking did you just write mother-in-law. Yup, that's what I wrote. 

Truth be told my mother-in-law and I have not always seen eye to eye. When I first starting dating Chris, I am sure she was thinking he son was crazy for dating me. You see I know that I can sometimes be very opinionated and that did not go well with her. I also think some of it had to do with the fact that Chris is her baby boy and she was just being protective. Anyways we got into a few arguments and when Chris told her we were getting married I am sure she was not that excited. But awhile after we were married things started getting better. I was learning to keep some opinions to myself and I think she was getting used to the idea her son was a married man now. Then, we told them about being pregnant with Scarlett and things got kind of tough again. I think it was hard enough for her to see her son as a husband, but now she would have to see him as a father. Add into that the fact that I was super hormonal! But I prayed that things would change.

And they did the day Scarlett was born. Her and my father-in-law were such a support. My parents had gone south for the winter and Chris went on a business trip 3 weeks after she was born. Scarlett was colicky and they would come over to hold Scarlett so I could sleep. My mother-in-law also came over to clean for me! That was the best. She also supported me in breastfeeding when everyone else, including my whole family kept telling me to give it up and bottlefeed. She even came with me to appointments in Fargo with a lactation consultant. Even when I talked to her about my birth she just listened. She never butted in and said just get over it at least you have a healthy baby. And for that I am so grateful. She held me when I cried and listened when I wanted to talk. Through all of this we have become close and she has become like another mother to me. She is so good with Scarlett and watches her all the time. I think next to me, both her grandma's are her favorites (shh, don't tell dad). Even now she never tells me how I should be raising Scarlett even though I do things different from what she is used to. She is truly a blessing and I am lucky to have her in my life.

Grandma and Scarlett

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