The First “I Love You”

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Thefirstiloveyou.jpgThe last couple of days have been rough ones for this mama. Mai had an epic melt down a couple of nights ago over the content on her dinner plate. Apparently everything mommy makes these days is “too spicy”. FYI, I made macaroni and cheese. She went to bed extra late & woke up far too early. She was “the naughty child” at gymnastics yesterday morning & threw herself on the floor at the grocery store & made a little bit of a scene. A kind passer by took pity on me & actually stopped and asked if she could help me. Like I said, it has been a tough couple of days.
Some days being a mother is just too hard. It leaves you mentally and physically exhausted.
That was how I was feeling last night. After returning home from the grocery store I was beat down. I was getting ready to start supper, but Mai was ultra cranky and clingy. I pushed my preparations aside and sat on the couch with my cranky daughter and snuggled with her for a few minutes. As she sank in to my arms, I could feel the stress releasing from both of our bodies. I lie there relaxed for a few moments, drinking in the smell of my daughter’s hair and the feel of the smooth skin on her soft little cheek.
As much as I was enjoying this tender moment, I did have to start making dinner. I stood up and excused myself from my daughter & headed to the kitchen.While, I stood at the island, cubing up some ham, Mai came to me and wrapped her arms around my legs. “Mama, I love you.” I quickly scooped up my child and gave her a kiss with a tear in my eye & a smile on my face. It is just further proof that even the bad days in parenting are still pretty good.



  1. Aww, that totally made me smile and I know I have had days like this and then some. But then my kids will do something like say they love me to make me feel so much better and reassure me that it was all worth it 🙂

  2. Ohhh beautiful! And yes I have been through all those drama’s too (including the supermarket drama!) and I am exhausted most of the time…but you said it right, it makes it all worth it when the sweet moments are there! 🙂

  3. So heart-warming to read this. I can really relate. My toddler had a really badly behaved day yesterday and it was his treat-day – I couldn’t work out why he was acting up after having such a good time. Anyhow, came down to tiredness from the day before as far as I can tell. The pearls came late last night and then this morning. After being asleep for an hour and a half, he woke up, briefly cried, then seemed really happy to see me and have a cuddle. He reverted to his usual cute way of asking questions to keep me in the room! This morning he climbed into my bed before we got up for brekky and when we were talking about friends and I asked him who his friends are, he replied, “I like Mummy the best!”. Awwww

  4. Yep, motherhood is the hardest job to have…..but we love the rewards!! Trying being a mom in your menopause years…now that’s tough!! I love to hear “I love you”

  5. aww. I love those sweet little i love yous or the out of the blue unasked for hugs and kisses. too sweet. Thanks for sharing on the Wake Up Wednesday Linky!!

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