After putting Adele to sleep, folding the laundry, finishing a book, and completing a craft project (okay, that was Abby), Abigail and I had this conversation:
Abby: “I am so tired I almost fell asleep when I stopped moving!”
Me: “Why do you think that is love?” (‘love’ is my little nickname for Abby)
Abby: “Because we’re parents.”
I agree. Parenthood is exhausting, but it is always worth it. How do I know it’s worth it? Because Adele will pause in whatever she is doing and she will lock eyes with me and smile. Her simple, sweet, caring smile.
So if you’re a parent, when you feel at your breaking point and you become frustrated*, take a second and just reflect on those simple moments with your child.
*DISCLAIMER: Please note that I’ve said all these things without my daughter becoming a teenager.