At first I thought she was just too busy to notice she was in need. Then I thought that maybe it was because my husband and I had both been around this weekend. Or perhaps I was just wanting to hear her sweet voice call me more than usual and it was all my perception.
Then yesterday I noticed in all her babble the word "ah-me". I have heard this over the last week or two but it caught my attention yesterday because she said it as she tugged at my leg. "Ah-me." And it occurred to me that perhaps she was trying to say "Mommy" which is what my husband and I refer to me as in front of her.
Last night I woke in the middle of the night. The monitor was silent and yet something felt off. I brought up the video feed and there was my sweet girl sitting up silently in her bed. She sat there several minutes as I watched. Normally if she is not fussing I leave her to her down time or to fall asleep as she chooses. Last night I just felt drawn to her.
I walked into her dark room and waited for my eyes to adjust. Softly from her crib I heard, "ah-me?" It melted my heart. I went to her and reassured her I was there. I laid her back down and rested my hand on her. Holding on to my finger she went right to sleep. My heart overflowed.
I'm so grateful for this amazing child. I'm grateful for her chatty nature and the words she is learning already. I'm grateful to recognize my new name as I graduate from "mama" to "ah-me". I'm grateful for the blessing and miracle that she is to me after waiting for her for so long. And I'm so very grateful to be earning my title as "ah-me".
What are you grateful for today? What makes your heart overflow with love and joy?
May today reconnect us to the blessings in our lives. May we allow love to overflow from our hearts as we think of our blessings. Have a beautiful day!