The few weeks before spring break is always a challenge, the end of year is in sight but not nearly close enough & let's just say after lots of together-ness with my sweet students, it's time for a few days apart. This year has been harder than ever, between two school Saturdays, a 20-minute extension to our day (I hate snow), & my trip to New York, I have been missing Waverly Maye even more than usual. And that is saying a lot, since leaving my girl is always a little painful.
I know other working moms can relate, most days I am positive & feel fortunate about our situation, & then there are others that I think about what I am missing & it kills me. I really love my job, I feel fortunate to talk fashion, that my schedule allows me to be with Waverly all afternoon & the best, a summer vacation. Yet it is gut-wrenching to not be there for every "little moment" during the week. I can't help but think about how life would be if I got to be at home with the toddler tornado 24/7. ;)
Last week, I took a personal day. It's something I don't do often but a mommy/mini day was just what we needed. I was so excited going to sleep the night before, since I go to work so early during the week I only get Waverly from her crib on the weekends & it is truly a highlight for me. Once I hear her sweet little toddler voice stirring in there, it's all I can do not to make a mad-dash down the hallway & jump into the crib with her. So that's what I did, she knew it was going to be a special day & it was.
We spent our afternoon at lunch & the park. I'm pretty sure we walked up & down the pathway outside lunch about 30 times before we went in, most likely in an attempt to wear her out which for the record, did not work. Regardless, we really had the best time & even though I hate it that we don't get to always have days like these, I know they are that much more memorable because of just that. I can't wait to do it again for an entire seven days next week!!
There are so many "little things" I am loving about Waverly lately, even though she has officially been a toddler for a while now I am seeing it in her more than ever these days. Between that status, being a girl, & of course, being my girl, at moments it feels like we are on a total emotional roller coaster. She makes up for her "life-ending" meltdowns with her absolute sweetness though, usually they follow each other & I can't help but laugh at how quickly her mood can change.
Lately, she is obsessed with saying "mama" after anything she does, it's her way of letting me know that wants me to copy her. She is really figuring out life more by the day & I find her so proud of what she knows & that she wants to "help us" know it, too. We were reading touch & feel books (our favorite) the other night before bed & she grabbed my finger so I could touch the fuzzy bunnies, too. With her guiding me of course (fingers wrapped around mine), she had to show me how to do it just in case I wasn't sure. Now every single night since, as soon as we get to that page she does the same thing. Everytime, it blows my mind that she remembers & everytime, I would like to please request that she does this forever.
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Waverly's other recent cutest habit ever happens each night when I lay her down to bed. She snuggles up with her blanket, same side everytime, & looks up at me with the sweetest "bye, mama". She looks like such a big girl laying there, I am so proud of her & how far we have come from those rough sleepless nights when this peaceful night-time outcome really never seemed possible. ;)
We have LOVED being able to give back to you all for the past ten weeks. Of course, we are so thankful for the many shops & brands who have supported us with giveaways & all of you who continue to link-up. We don't have a giveaway this week, but as always, all you have to do is write your post with whatever "little thing" it is that you would like to share. Then, link-up with either Jess or me at the bottom of this post! Feel free to download our logo (located at my sidebar) to share on your own post or on Instagram, you can also share your own photos of "little things" with the hash tag "littlethingslinkup".
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