Kisses & Gratitude
Little MPB has always happily given full body hugs – he runs straight for us and throws himself into our arms, wiggles for a minute and then moves on the a new activity. However, it’s never been the same with kisses. He always thought kisses are from us to him. So whenever we say kiss, he gives us his cheek, as if to say lay one on me.
This response to kiss requests has been absolutely adorable for months now. But, we were starting to wonder when he’d actually give us kisses in return.
We recently discovered that daycare has taught him to blow kisses as he now blows kisses to all his teachers when we say goodbye at the end of the day. It’s a bit awkward – he sort of kisses his hand and then sort of waves. It may be awkward, but it is also super adorable.
But this weekend, I said kiss mommy and turned my cheek to him. He leaned in and gave me a giant (and super sloppy) kiss. And he did it five times in a row! I may have had an actual tear in my eye, as my heart seriously melted.
Now, we’ve added in a new step to our bed time routine – after I finish singing to him, I say kiss and turn my cheek to him and he gives me a big giant kiss.
And even better, he refuses to give Mr. MPB (or anyone else) a kiss. Evidently, he only gives kisses to me! (I know any day he’ll start giving Mr. MPB kisses too, but I am going to soak up every single mommy only kiss).
I have to admit, this first kiss, and every kiss since, makes me once again realize just how fortunate I am. I cannot help but be amazed that I am his mother, that he gives me kisses and hugs every day, that he smiles when I walk into a room and my whole heart melts when he smiles. I cannot get enough of his giggles. I love hearing every single one of his new words and seeing his eyes light up when he learns something new for the first time. Really, I just love watching the world through his eyes.
If there is one good thing that came from enduring years of losses and infertility, it is my deep gratitude and appreciation for all that Little MPB has given me.
I honestly, don’t think I’ll ever take for granted just how fortunate I am to be his mother.
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