Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Connected

Last night, I went in to check on Teagan before heading to bed myself. It's what I do every night. I go into Zach's room and check on him, stare at him, adore him. I go into Teagan's room and check on her, wonder at her, watch her. Last night when I went in to Teagan's room, she was all askew in the bed so I gently moved her back to normal and got her blanket over her legs. She sleepily opened her eyes, saw me, smiled, closed her eyes, snuggled back into her pillow. And that smile... that special "someone who loves me and that I love is close by and loving me" smile... that smile stayed on her face until she was back into her deeply relaxed sleep. So I stayed and wondered at her... with that special smile now played out on my own lips... and felt so connected to my baby girl... I had told her last night that she was the first person to ever call me Mommy... she was my first baby... she was the one that taught me how to be a Mommy. I asked if she thought I was doing a good job as her Mommy- and she said yes (Whew!). I asked her, "What do you think I could do to be a better Mommy for you?" She thought about it a good 30 seconds (which is eons in 4-year-old years) and replied, very seriously but with a sly smile... "You could feed me gum every day!"

5 comments:

Jason, as himself said...

Well, that's an easy one! Sugar free come comes in hundreds of yummy flavors.

Tom said...

She could write a self-help book: "Easy Steps to becoming a Better Mommy" chapter one could be the one about gum.

mimbles said...

Beautiful post Liz, it gave me warm fuzzy feelings :-)

I'm often bit slow getting to Tom's room for goodnight kisses and cuddles and find him already asleep when I get there. I get that same special smile from him when I kiss him and whisper "I love you" and he wakes up just enough to know I'm there.

Amy said...

Just wait until she goes from "feed me gum every day" to "give me a cell phone with unlimited texting." You probably have about 7 years.

Jim and Garret said...

LOL... I think Amy said it best. Or even worse when she's a teen and doesn't want to be seen with Mom & Dad.