Today's topic is: What are your Top 3 favorite things about being a parent?
#3) The delightful giggles and adorable smiles I get for doing something that anyone else, would think is borderline kooky!! Addaline is at the age where she mimics everything that we do, and she gets a kick out of herself when she knows she says something funny. Macie is at the age where she can actually make jokes, and tell silly stories, and it cracks me up to hear both of them belly laugh together over the silliest things. Laughter is heard a LOT in our house, and its one of my FAVORITE things about being a parent!
#2) The sound of silence as you gaze into their angelic, sleeping faces. Sometimes when the girls were both younger, I would go into their rooms at night to check on them, and even though they would be sleeping peacefully, I would pick them up and hold them. Just to have that moment when they are still and I could reflect over how grateful I was/still am for them. Sometimes I will crawl in bed with Addaline and just look at her, and think of how blessed we are to have here. Other times, when Gerrad is working out of town, I let Macie sleep with me, and when I get to bed and she is sleeping peacefully, I thank God for this first child who has changed my life forever!
#1) To hear those most precious words "I love you, Mom!" I'm one of those mom's that smothers my kids with hugs and kisses and says "I love you" ALL.THE.TIME. Its my favorite part of each and every day when they tell me they love me. Its the ultimate reward for a long stressful day, or a day when I just feel kind of 'off' as a parent.
There are so many more reasons I adore being a parent... but since its 'Top 3 Thursday' I'll stop at 3 :) SO what are your favorite things about being a parent????