I recently visited a friend and her brand new baby boy. Just holding him, sweet-smelling and snuggly swaddled, was enough to get me thinking about expanding our family. Sure my husband and I had agreed our family felt complete, but I had forgotten what a wonderfully peaceful feeling it was to cradle a sleeping newborn in my arms.
That’s when the baby woke up, pooped, and began to wail. As I was handing him back to his mother she mentioned she hadn’t slept in days. Slowly the memories came back to me. For all their perks, babies are selfish creatures. You spend that first year at their beck and call, lavishing your affection upon them. Your payment? A coo or a smile (or was that gas?).
Baby babble is great and all, but I much prefer the everyday expressions of love from my big kids. Here are just a few simple ways our children show they love us:
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