While raising a toddler is definitely hard work, and sometimes it seems that the bad outweighs the good, there are always those little glimpses of joy, sweetness and love that even though small, somehow make everything else so worth it.
When my son impulsively throws his arms around my neck, squeezes tight, and says in my ear, “I love you, mom”, there is just nothing better.
And I love to catch those little things, and hold tight to them, because some days they are few and far between. And I want to grab them and lock them away in my heart, because I also know they are fleeting, and there will come a day where my little boy may not express his love for me with such abandon.
I try to make a mental note, or take a mental picture, but we all know as mamas that our memories aren’t always trustworthy, so I want to record them so that on the hard days, maybe tomorrow or maybe many years from now, I can look back and remember these things.
- The way my son puts his hands on top of my arms while I’m holding a book and he’s sitting on my lap, and we’re reading together before bedtime.
- Listening in as my son tells himself stories while we’re driving in the car — I need a secret tape recorder! (This is a new one, because I’ve been driving with just him a lot more now that my daughter is in school. She usually monopolizes the conversations.)
- The look his face when he comes downstairs after waking up in the morning or after nap. Now that he wakes up and gets out of his bed on his own, it’s a look of both pride in himself and happiness to see me.
- The snuggle time I get first thing in the morning and right after nap. After he gives me the “look” (see above), he runs over and wants to get on my lap and just snuggle for a few minutes. I can’t get him to sit that still any other time during the day.
- Watching my children hug and kiss each other. They are best buds, and I just love watching the relationship between them grow and blossom.
- Letting my son brush and “do” my hair. He loves to run a brush through my hair and pretend like he’s putting it in a ponytail or braiding it. I don’t know if I have a budding hair stylist on my hands, but I just love how sweet it is.
- The pride on his face when he catches a football, or hits the ball with his bat. It is so amazing to watch him learn and master new skills.
- Listening to him sing. I don’t know what it is, but there is just something about my kids singing songs that brings so much joy to my heart.
Those are just some of the little things I’ve been appreciating and enjoying about my toddler lately.
What glimpses of joy do you get with your toddler right now?
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