Ah, year end lists. They're everywhere this time of year. I'd love to say I'm avoiding the trope but the holidays have kept me oh-so-busy and a Top Ten List is a bit of a cheat over a full post. Of course, if you'd like I could always do one of my rambling, overly dramatic entries of old, like some first year student exploring the poetry he knows lies deep within.
No? Then a list it is.
10. Cats and toilets do not go well together.
Tuck had the misadventure of landing in the loo after an errant jump from the hamper this week. Special thanks to by brother-in-law and mother-in-law for helping to clean the aftermath.
9. I will inevitably bawl while Sara is mid-delivery.
Knowing how I reacted when Sara revealed her pregnancy to me I'll be bringing a box of tissues with me into the birthing suite. Yes, there is a video of that reveal. No, you cannot see it.
8. The Great British Bake Off is the greatest thing in the history of television.
I realize I'm a bit late to this party but to be fair I don't have to watch what everyone else is watching when they watch it. Stop telling me what to do! Scrummy!
7. The most amazing sound I've ever heard is the simple, steady rhythm of a beating heart.
Hearing our son's heartbeat at each check-up has only been more thrilling with every visit. I am so thankful that it has always been strong and quick to be found.
6. Preserving friendships has never been harder or more worthwhile.
We all know good friendships don't come easy. In a time of growth, change and more than a few stumbles it would be easy to let these fall to the wayside. Thankfully, I've got some awesome pals who are walking alongside me in this season. David, Derrick and Ryan, thanks for being there. I love you guys!
5. You can only live your own story.
During the years Sara and I were trying for a baby it was too easy to see the celebrations of the people around us and think "Why them?" We've each got our own struggles and our own victories. You can't have someone else's victory without their struggle. And why would you want someone else's struggle when you've got enough of your own? In the end, Sara and I had to stop lamenting that other people had what we didn't and find our own answers.
4. I know even less than I thought I did and I'm okay with that.
I don't have to be the smartest person in the room. Or the funniest. Sometimes it's better to just to stay silent and listen.
3. I married the right woman.
Yes, I learned this well before 2018 but this year just served to reaffirm it. I can't imagine stepping into this new role with anyone else.