Heartwarming Moments that Make it all Worthwhile

Leah started giving us a hard time about going to bed again. Several weeks ago she decided to spend an hour or so crying in her crib when we put her down. Also, which ever parent put her down would have to deal with her screaming for the other parent. It was frustrating, to say the least. Ferberizing was the most difficult thing we had ever had to do, but it was so worth it in the end. And now she was backtracking to the beginning.

Thankfully, this only last for a couple of weeks. We stayed strong and consistent and Leah was able to settle back into her bedtime routine again.

Last night I had this moment while putting her to bed that was one of the single best moments in motherhood. It was one of the best moments in my life, actually. We did our usual hugs and cuddles, and then I put her down and tucked her in. I leaned over the side of the crib and rubbed her forehead for a few minutes. Her eyes drifted shut and I thought that she was asleep. I stopped rubbing her head and smiled down at her. As I pulled my hand away, her little eyes slowly opened back up. I thought for a moment that she may cry, but instead she gave me this look of pure love and adoration. Then, just I thought life could not get any better, she blew me a kiss!

Moments like that make all the hard parts of parenting so worthwhile. I know I must be doing something right to have such a sweet, loving, happy little girl. With tears of joy in my eyes, I told my baby that I love her, and quietly left the room as she drifted off to her sweet dreamland.

My kid is funny!

I can hear it now…”Mrs. Kowalski, this is your daughter’s principal calling. Leah is very intelligent but she needs to stop distracting her peers by trying to make them laugh.” She will do anything for a laugh, from spinning around in circles until she falls down to running head on into a piece of furniture.

She is crafty, too. Every single night when I lay her down in her crib she looks up at me and says, “I pooped.” Of course I check her diaper right before putting her down and know this to be not true. When I tell her so, she says (more insistently), “I pooped, mama.” She knows that if I take her out and check her diaper that it will prolong her staying up. I fell for it two or three times before catching on.

She knows how to make me laugh when I am supposed to be reprimanding her. I will firmly tell her “no!” and she will look very serious for about 10 seconds. Then all of a sudden she will give me a big, goofy grin, hold up her arms and pronounce “hands!” as though she is surprised that they are there. I just can’t help it. It makes me laugh every time she does it.

Another aspect of her humor is coming out more and more now that she is beginning to talk up a storm. We can have conversations and she gets to silly at times. Last week we had the following conversation:

Me: “What does a kitty say?”

Leah: “Meow!”

Me: “What does a puppy say?”

Leah: “Woof woof! Puppy!”

Me: “What does Santa say?”

Leah pauses and looks confused for a moment, then says, “Nothing!”

So, in addition to all the unconditional love, cuddles, hugs, kisses, proud moments, etc. I get to laugh on a daily basis. Being a mom has proven, yet again, to be such a fun and amazing adventure. As my daughter learns and grows, so does our bond together. I am so enjoying her company!