One of my favorite moments happens in the middle of the night

When Amelia was born everything was new. Each milestone, big or small, was mesmerizing and worth telling everyone about. Each little smile, laugh, pouty face, roll over, crawl etc. was an amazing moment for us as parents. As she is growing up I realize that we spend our days praising her for her good actions, for learning new things and for being a great helper... but the days of her being a baby are long gone. At five years old, Amelia is an amazing child. She has the sweetest heart, does kind things for others without being asked and is so intelligent. It's hard though at this stage to find the joy in every little thing. She is stubborn (like her Mommy and Daddy), she likes to argue her point and sometimes I don't think her ears work when we try to tell her something. There is one moment in every day though where I am reminded that she is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to us. One moment where I realize that I need to slow down our busy life and take every little thing she does, whether she is arguing with me over what she wants for lunch or secretly crafting gifts for me, and enjoy it all.

I usually get up once in the middle of every night. When I head back toward bed I like to sneak into Amelia's room and give her a kiss on the forehead. Without fail, each and every time I do it, she smiles. She doesn't wake up, but she smiles the sweetest smile. Everything at that moment is perfect and I am reminded as to why I love every good, and stressful, thing that comes with being a Mommy. Parenting is not always easy, but it is definitely worth it.

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Ashley Elizabeth

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