By now, it’s no secret that making a family is the top priority for my husband and me (although, just to make things really interesting, we’ve thrown a search for our first house in there, too).  Consequently, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy wishing for a life with kids, perhaps forgetting the many reasons why I enjoy our time together or time by myself.  We’ve been married for just over a year, and started planning for a family from day one, so we haven’t taken a lot of time to just enjoy being “us.”  Today, in the spirit of this week’s holiday, I am feeling thankful for the life we have now.

Our sleep schedule is our own.  We can stay up late if we choose, or sleep in on our days off.  When we sleep, our night is not punctuated by a crying baby or a feeding schedule.  I love this freedom we have to get the rest we need, when we want it.

Lower grocery bill.  It’s not like babies eat a ton, and there are plenty of ways to be cost effective while preparing food for your little ones.  But someday those little babies become teenagers, and I try not to think about how our grocery bill will grow exponentially when that time comes.  Until then, I’ll keep my grocery budget just like it is, thankyouverymuch.

Spontaneous date nights.  Last weekend, my husband and I decided we wanted to go see the new James Bond movie and, just an hour later, there we were, at the theater.  It’s nice to be able to get up and go if we decide spur-of-the-moment that we want a night out.

Flexible work schedule.  Because of the holiday this week, I know my work schedule is going to be nutty.  Going in early, staying in late, anything is possible.  But, I appreciate that, for this year, I’m able to switch around my schedule as I need to.  I don’t need to consult babysitters, day care providers or a list of after-school activities.

We get the remote.  I like being able to watch adult television, not having to worry about content or entertaining a little one.  Although, I do enjoy my weekly viewing of Super Why with my niece each week!

Naps.  If I want them, when I want them.  Enough said!

I’m thankful I don’t have to share too much of my dessert just yet!

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