I love ice cream, and you Miss Addie are my Baskin Robbins. I love every single part of your existence, but there are certainly parts of raising you that I love as much as I love peanut butter and chocolate ice cream. However the ‘getting you to clean your room‘ aspect of being your mom? We’ll call that the Daiquiri Ice of our relationship. It’s not my favorite, but it’s part of who we are. (Someone out there is madly in love with Daiquiri Ice and can’t believe I would compare it to making a seven year old clean their room, sorry about that light green ice cream lover.) I think we all have favorite parts and moments with out kids and it seems as though they change as quickly as you notice them, so at the moment, here are the Cookies and Cream of my oldest and my first baby.
#5 Strawberry 1 of 5Strawberry ice cream always seems to sound good, so does snuggling with you. I love it on Saturday mornings when you come to the side of my bed, I open up the blankets and you crawl in and snuggle up right up next to me. It's one of the few times you're still and we can talk about the serious and the silly. Today it was about foot washings in the Bible followed by favorite dog breeds. I love curling up around you and squeezing you, you're so huggable and a hug from you is one of my three favorite hugs in the world.
#4 Ice Cream Sundae 2 of 5So this isn't one particular kind, it's the magic that can be made from a bunch of different wonderful things coming together in one bowl. The equivalent is our mommy daughter dates. You and I, we've been a team for over seven years now and I honestly couldn't ask for a better partner in crime. Sure we don't always agree on what we want to do or on the fact that I should buy you every Monster High doll ever made, but I love going out to dinner with you, shopping with you or to a movie. You're good company and someday you'll make some friends and maybe even a dude a very lucky bunch of people with your presence.
#3 Birthday Cake 3 of 5Birthday cake ice cream seems pretty new to the scene and I love it for how unexpected it is, I'm going to compare this one to my love of watching you do gymnastics. I love seeing you do something that makes you happy, and that you're good at it? Well that's just a bonus. I've seen you grown in ways that I could have never imagined when you were Vivi's age. Your strength and natural ability astounds me. I love watching you out there in the gym, it's a glorious sort of pride I hope you get to one day feel with your own kids.
#2 Cookies and Cream 4 of 5I've rarely met a cookies and cream I didn't like and you've rarely met a baby or little kid that you didn't like. Addie, seeing you play with younger kids or lying down on the floor with tiny little babies makes parts of my soul sing I never even knew existed. You have the patience of someone five times your age and it doesn't matter if they're family, friends or a stranger, you take to playing with little kids better than most anyone I know. Our whole family is incredibly blessed to have a mother heart like yours amongst us.
#1 Chocolate and Peanut Butter 5 of 5By far my most favorite flavor of ice cream, especially if there's giant swirly chunks of peanut butter, I would have to equate this to your laugh. You laugh with your whole body, your whole face and the sound is simply magical. I live to make you laugh but when something happens that leaves you breathlessly squealing on the floor with giant tears of laughter rolling down your face? Those are the moments I lock away the memory of your laugh and your tiny little body being taken over by happiness.
What’s your most favorite part of your kids at this age?