Last night the girl got out of her bed and went into the kitchen. This is unusual. She usually stays in her bed until morning unless she gets up to potty. Well, apparently she got up to go potty. Just not in her bathroom. I heard her talking and immediately got up to see what she was up to. She babbled incoherently for a few minutes. I turned to my husband behind me and said I can't figure out if she's babbling or if I'm still asleep. I sent her back to bed. My mistake.
When I followed her to her room I could feel the dampness in the carpet all the way across the house. Her jammies were soaked and upon further investigation she had left a rather huge puddle on the kitchen floor. Now, I can deal with that. Tile is easy clean up. But she took her urine soaked socks and walked across the living room and into her bed. My carpet needs to be cleaned today. Not fun.
This morning, I read this story.
I have forgotten about the germs on my carpet (oh, the germs!). Instead this morning I am sitting next to my sweet girl watching tv. Smelling her hair. Admiring her eyelashes. Memorizing one more time her beautiful face. Rejoicing in her 2 loose teeth. Engaging her 5 year old conversation instead of just shrugging off her questions. Today I will be intentional. I will not waste this day. If for some reason I become this mom at the end of my day, I want to know that I took full advantage of it. I want to wipe my tears and offer thanks for the time I had with her.