I was a little less than enthused when I discovered my third pregnancy. I was only slightly terrified about how we could pay for it; both financially and emotionally. Two boys was a lot for someone who, only a few years ago didn’t want any children at all. We were also a one-income family with a substantial amount of debt. But all my fears, anxiety and hesitation subsided at 6am on August 10th when my labour began. About three weeks later I got my first smile.
Oh, I am so thankful for baby smiles! No matter how stressed or tired or mad I may be, my baby girl will still smile when I walk into the room & my heart melts. When she smiles her big blue eyes sparkle like something magical and I know there is no reason to fear that. I love trading smiles for nursing, dry diapers, and little jingle toys. When my toddler boys laugh together or fall into gales of giggles while we play Funky Parade, I am truly validated in my role as their mother. Those smiles are the most wonderful payment and I am heavily compensated for my job. I value and treasure each grin and giggle.