My heart immediately melted. I reached for my baby girl, and she wrapped those chubby arms around me and buried her sweet face in my neck and just held on. I took a whiff of her baby essence smell (no, not a dirty diaper...just the top of her head) and all of my troubles seem to just melt away. As I sat holding her, problem after problem no longer seemed significant. I felt her soft, warm body sigh and settle deeper onto my body and I knew that no matter what I faced during the day- as long as I get to come home to this sweet face every day- I will be blissfully happy. Not just enduring bad days and feeling sorry for myself because of all of the "extra" things that I have to do as a mom with a child with special needs- BLISSFULLY happy. Because loving this girl is all I need for a really great day. Who cares that the first part of the day was so completely awful.....I can barely remember it now. After a long time of holding Addison and having my spirit mended one baby hand caress at a time, we went grocery shopping, went to Zumba with my sister and good friend Karen (Grandpa very graciously watched Addison for us) and then back home for some yummy meatball subs, homemade cinnamon rolls and a very fun game. What a wonderful day! Usually when so many things go so horribly wrong at the beginning of the day, I tend to pout about them the rest of the day, causing a somewhat domino effect and nothing that happens thereafter even has a chance of recovering.....but today I experienced a total turnaround. Thank you, Addison for cheering me up. You are the most amazing baby! I love you so much!
Totally separate note: how do I get her to keep from pulling the O2 from out of her nose and wrapping it around her arm? Exhibit A: