Kelle Hampton was over at AllParenting writing about 14,000 things to be happy about: mommy addition, and it inspired me to jot down a few of my own yesterday. Here’s where I noted joy as I interacted with the wee-ones in my house:
- Finding them lost in a book
- Babies with triangle toe nails
- Talking a mile a minute after a good day at school
- That low moan as the baby falls asleep
- Ticklish thighs
- Bear crawling when they get particular about what surfaces their knees touch as they crawl
- When they reach that age where they whisper “You stay here, mom” as they run off with some newly made friends at the park
- Surprising them with an after school treat
- How they touch your face when they are tired and want to snuggle
- Shoes on the wrong feet
- Pants/underwear on backwards
- Watching them hold hands with their friends
- Artwork that amazes you and genuinely deserves a frame
- Early morning cartoons
- CrissCross Apple Sauce and other phrases from school
- Watching them sit and play with Legos at the table
- Popsicles outside
- Introducing them to things from your childhood (like push pops)
- Happy baby chatter after naps
- When they mimic you sticking out your tongue.
- When they learn to shake their head no.
- When they start saying “uh oh” to everything.
- Lifting cool washcloths to fevered foreheads and by doing so, joining a tribe of women who have done so for centuries.
- That moment you become “Miles’ mom”, not just to kids but teachers and other parents.
I’d love to hear what delights you about being a mother. Hard days can always use lists like these.
Be well, sweet friends:)
P.S. If you’ve never read Kelle’s blog post about her daughter, Nella, please, please, please grab a cup of coffee and some tissue (for the ugly cry) and read it HERE. You’ll thank me later.