You Know What Makes Me Happy? Molly and my Mom
Many people know that my mom has been coming to help with Molly. Many people may not realize that she has actually been religiously coming on every day where Molly is home from daycare (3 times a week). She also arrives as early as she can, is driving from Toronto every day (at least a 45 minute trip each way, usually longer), tidies our house, does dishes and laundry, makes lunch for all of us, wrangles Finnegan and her dog Tucker, often brings meals or snacks, takes Molly out to the library or grocery store AND seems to have bottomless energy and patience for entertaining Molly with crafts, elaborate games, sledding, you name it!
Thank you mom, from the bottom of my heart. Not only do you do all of that right now, you have basically done all of that for MY WHOLE LIFE, even when I was an ungrateful and unhelpful teenager. (And I look forward to when I am able to take most of those tasks back on, because it doesn't escape me that minus the driving from Toronto part, this is what my life as a mom is exactly like, haha! Although I may not always equal her in patience...)
Molly is also one of my greatest joys. She has lots of feelings right now (being almost three years old is super emotionally hard, guys! LOTS OF CRYING) but she is also AMAZING and funny and solicitous and helpful and full of ideas and stories. Last night we had a "dance party" (wherein I mostly was sitting because I'm in too much pain to actually dance) and I was twirling her around from my seat and she kept stopping and telling me she loved me, like it was exploding out of her and she couldn't keep dancing, she just HAD to stop and tell me. And it's moments like that that I pull to mind when the anxiety and stress of this pregnancy are overwhelming.
I hope I always remember how much love I get from these two - my mother and my daughter. They are so different in age and experience, and the ways they show love are very different, too. But sometimes I hear them from another room while they are both enthusiastically exclaiming about how beautiful their rainbow tissue paper is and how much they love glue, and it seems like they are more similar than you would guess.