Emily was never a cuddler. She never liked to be held for any length of time. In fact, she was so anti-cuddle that at the age of 9 months I had to start feeding her bottles on a folded up comforter, on the floor. She refused to hold her own bottle but also refused to be held, so that was our best solution. I really wasn't sure how Audrey would be in the cuddling department. Having had the experience that I had with Emily as a baby, I never pushed the cuddles. Audrey has always liked to come by and lay her head on my lap for a head rub and when I carry her anywhere she likes to pat my back lovingly. Yet, I never got unabashed cuddles from her either. Until yesterday.
Emily was at my parents' house being princess for a couple of days (she goes to my parents' about 2 days a week for unending fun and attention, haha). I had just gotten Molly down for a nap and I sat down in the recliner to relax for a second. Audrey came over and gave me the "up up" hands. I lifted her into my lap and she snuggled into me and sighed. This was an almost surreal moment for me. Keep in mind that Audrey never stops moving from the time she wakes up till the time she goes to bed. Going, going, going. Luckily, she's not destructive or anything but she is always on the move. To have her come over and sit in my lap for no less than 30 minutes was just what I needed at that time.
It doesn't stop there. Today my mom, Audrey, and I needed to see the dermatologist. AC and I have eczema and it was flaring up AGAIN for both of us. Emily came along with us since she had been staying with my mom. Jeremy, being the incredible husband that he is, volunteered to watch Molly while we went to the appointment. Emily and Audrey behaved very well at the doctor's office. I was kind of surprised because Emily pushes limits when my mom is around and Audrey woke up in a crabby mood this morning.
I had to receive an injection to reduce the flare of my eczema. All of us were in one room together. After the nurse gave me the shot (in the butt!) I looked up and Emily looked close to tears. She said, "Mama, are you hurt?" and ran over to give me a huge, long hug. Upon seeing this, Audrey came toddling over to make a Mama Sandwich. It felt so good to have my girls arms around me.
Being a Mom is AWESOME!