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Things I don't have to do anytmore

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I don't have to be on bedrest. I don't have to be on bedrest.

It's easy to forget to count your blessings. Especially when some of your blessing smack you in the face or yell at you when you try to feed them something that isn't breakfast. It can be helpful to look back on some of the things you don't have to do anymore (or envision things you won't have to do soon) to make you realize just how luck you are.

Here are just a few of the things I don't have to do any more.

I don't have to be on bedrest. As fun as kicking your feet up and being waited on can be, a month and a half of only being able to get up to pee gets old fast.

I don't have to wake up four times in one night to the sound of screams. Not only that, I don't have to feed them at all between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. All three of them sleep through the night. Sure, sometimes they get up at 6 a.m., but 6 in the morning is a time I recognize as a 'humane hour of waking,' unlike, say 2:30 a.m.

I no longer have to carry them everywhere. They are mobile, and though that carries with it its own challenges, it saves my back an awful lot of strain. Especially now that they weigh more than 6 pounds apiece.

I don't have to puree everything.  In fact, I don't have to puree anything unless it's a delicious smoothie. And can I just point out, how nice it is not to have to make separate meals for everyone? Everyone can (theoretically) eat the dinner I made.

I don't have to pump. I know I've written about this before. Yes, breast milk is awesome, the gift that keeps on giving, the fountain of all that is good and right in the world. Whatever. I will never miss pumping. Not even a little. It's weird, it's uncomfortable, it takes up so much time and it's really, really weird.

I don't have to worry (as much) about them licking everything. Yes, they still put things in their mouths. Yes, they will still fish cereal out from under the fridge and eat it. But I don't so much have to worry about them noshing on daisies or licking the bottom of someone's shoes.

Next year, there will be even more things I don't have to do any more. With each graduation things are different (not always better, but that's OK). There are things that I miss too. But it's fun to look back and really take stock of the things you don't have to do anymore, that this time last year seemed like they would never end.


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