This scene has become all too familiar in the last few weeks near bedtime. My three year old with big, fat, tears rolling down her cheeks, saying that she just loves me so much and she just wants me.
I cringe at my own internal struggle. I am tired. I want to relax. Actually talk to my husband for a few. Watch tv. Go to sleep. Read a book. Pick any of the above. Just give me 10 minutes, please…
But here is that little face so dear to me, needing me to wipe away those tears, tell her how much I love her, and wrap my arms around her and just let her relax into the safety of my arms for a few more minutes.
So we snuggle. I look into her big, beautiful eyes and tell her how much I love her and that I am proud of her. That she is so important to me. That nothing she could ever say or do would ever change that. She pats my cheeks, looks deep into my eyes and tells me that “I am her best friend”. And thanks me. Because she just “needed her mommy a little bit tonight.”
And my heart squeezes. Tears trickle down onto her hair as I hug her. How long before she won’t want me like this anymore? Before I’m not her best friend?
Motherhood is tiring friends. An all encompassing, life altering, bone weariness some days (especially when the baby is cutting her molars). But goodness, it is so worth it.
I love being a mom to my girls. And even when it’s hard. Even when I could use a break. Even when I wish I could put myself in a bubble so little hands can’t constantly touch me. I wouldn’t trade a minute of this crazy life I’ve been blessed with.