As she often does, Ella requested to use the potty after I had already put her down to bed tonight. I knew it was a ploy to get just two more minutes before going to bed, but how do you deny a child the chance to use the facilities when you're trying to encourage them to learn how to listen to their body? So we gave it another shot. As I was putting her diaper back on her, I told her that I wanted her to give me a kiss and then go night-night. She leaned forward to give me a kiss, and then proclaimed "Lalu Mommy!", and made the "I Love You" sign (or, to be more accurate, she made the "L" sign, which is as good as her little fingers can do at this point).
She loves me! She has repeated the phrase back to me plenty of times before when I've said it to her, but this was the first time that she herself declared her love for me on her own! Oh, how sweet to hear those words from my child!
Everyday, I recognize just how much I am blessed to have the chance to be her mommy. I prayed so hard, for so long, and I know that God has blessed me so much more than I could have imagined. Wanting another child helps me appreciate just how amazing it is to be a mother.