me: (to peyton who walked into the room) "Hi, baby girl!"
peyton: "Mommy, what are you doing? Folding clothes?"
me: "yes, sweetheart." i was talking to her, but not looking:(
peyton: "can i help?"
me: "sure, here are some wash cloths. you are so good at folding those. thank you for helping me."
peyton: "look mommy! i did it!!"
me: "yes, baby. you did such a good job. i love how helpful you are."
talking to peyton, but wishing i could listen to the story on Oprah first. therefore not fully engaged with peyton. i realized this and felt guilty, but justified it to myself that we did many fun activities earlier and now it is quiet time...at least until 5 when Oprah would be over and becks would be up from his nap.
peyton: "mommy? (pause, looks at me) LITTLE HANDS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!"
me: (almost falling off the bed) "what did you just say???"
peyton: (smiling now) "little hands make a big difference!!"
me: (smiling, TURNING OFF Oprah, and grabbing my baby girl for the biggest hug ever) "you are so right peyton mae, little hands DO make a big difference, especially yours!!! Do you want to go have a tea party?"
thanking peyton for once again teaching me how to be a better listener and mommy. being present, and more engaged, even when i think i need a break. she needed me at that moment and i am glad that i was there for her.
i love you baby girl! i am the luckiest mommy in the whole world to have you as my little girl. xoxoxoxo