A small but incredible moment this morning:
Clara had just woken up for the day after a very long night of sleep. She was still a bit groggy. Normally she wakes up in her crib and kind of talks to herself for about half an hour before she calls to me to get out of MY bed and play with her!
Today, her Daddy and I were both already awake and Daddy went to get her. He was hoping to get the usual leg kicking, squealing, gummy smiled, reaction to his appearance over the side of her crib. Alas, she was too tired. So, we all sat on the couch together, and we told her how beautiful she is and how much we love her.
I proceeded to kiss her cheek and Alan joined in. As we traded off, each of us kissing the other cheek, she began to close her eyes and open her mouth in a relaxed but gummy smile. She slowly began to fall from an upright position until her head was completely rested against Alan's arm, slowly sliding down, down, down, as she yielded to the seeming ecstasy of Mommy and Daddy's kisses.
Our hearts swelled!