While I just can't resist this beautiful face, I also have to be honest. Ellie has been teething, and it has been a little bit of a nightmare. Ellie has been such a good baby, but the teething must really bother her, because she has been whiny and grumpy for what seems like weeks. It has nearly driven me to distraction. While she used to enjoy hanging out on her own for a little bit while I got some things done, lately she isn't happy doing one thing for more than a minute or two. Her naps have also gotten shorter, and she often wakes up once or twice at night and needs her binky.
Then come those moments. Those moments when it feels like your heart will burst, because you can't believe how much you love your precious child. Thoughts of your messy house and tired body fade away, and you are left with an incredible sense of peace, love, and satisfaction. One of those moments came last night after I had finished feeding Ellie and was putting her to bed. She was so tired she fell asleep on my shoulder. She hasn't done that since she was only a couple months old. I held on to her a little longer than I usually do, feeling her warm weight against me and her soft, butterfly breath against my neck. I could have stayed in that moment forever, but endless tiring hours would be worth it for even that momentary sliver of divine joy.