This morning I woke up to the sounds of Avery babbling in her crib, just as I do every morning. She stands up in her crib usually talking loudly so that she can wake up Harlan in the bed next to her. This morning, rather than trying to wake Harlan up, she just started yelling for “dada.” She’s done this a couple of times before, but it was this morning that has really stuck out in my mind.
When Harlan was her age, she would yell “mama” every single morning when she wanted me to come and get her out of her crib. It was one of my favorite sounds coming from the other room. Although it was so incredibly early, I loved that I was the first thing on her mind when she woke up.
Avery yelling for dada proves to me what I’ve known all along, she’s a daddy’s girl. She runs after him when he leaves for work in the morning and is the first one to run up and give him a hug when he gets home in the evening. She throughly enjoys cuddling with him and will give him kisses when he least expects it. There are definitely days that I think she would much rather be hanging out with her daddy than she would me.
If this were my first child, I think it would tear me apart inside. I don’t know what it is now that I am a mom of two, but motherhood feels differently this time. I’m much more confident in myself than I was before. Just because Avery loves to spend time with her dad doesn’t mean that she loves me any less. And I am completely aware of that. She definitely has her mommy moments, I just notice that the daddy moments are much more frequent.
I love watching her relationship with her daddy and appreciate the bond that she shares. When my husband and I first met, I knew how much of a wonderful man he was. And now Avery’s realizing just how amazing he is too.
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