As I sit here and watch my little girl lay beside me on the couch I cant help but think about all the comments I will get as she gets older if she still loves me just as much then as she does right this minute.
"You've spoiled her!"
"She's a mommas girl!"
"You need to leave her more so she'll get used to being around other people"
How do I know these are inevitable comments to come?
Because they have been said to me before.
And I've said them to other people.
But I'm realizing something.
Just because she doesn't like anyone as much as she likes me right this minute, or in a year from now, or in 5 years from now doesn't mean she's spoiled. It doesn't mean she's a mommas girl, or rotten. It wont help if I leave her with other people more often either. She's still going to love me and want me. She's still going to want me over you.
And that's okay.
It doesn't mean she doesn't like you.
It doesn't mean she wont be able to mingle with other people when she's 25 without her mama right beside her. She will leave me just like every other kindergartener on her first day of school. She will run to me when school lets out with a big smile on her face just like every other 5 year old in her class.
I am her mama and for a brief moment in time I am the one person above anyone else that she thinks ropes the moon.
And I already dread the stigma she will get just because she wants me so much.
So before you judge my sweet baby when she's a year old and clinging to me because she doesn't want you to hold her, or when she's 4 and refusing to give you a hug, please remember that she's only going to want me this much for a short period of time. She's only going to want me to hold onto her this tight and save her from the big man trying to steal some goodbye hugs.
I picture her at age 15 slamming her door because I'm "smothering her" and I hope that I can push through the comments of her being "too spoiled" or "rotten" or "a momma girl" and remember that this isn't going to last forever. It's going to go by so quick that if I blink twice in a row I will miss the most amazing years of her life.
So I am going to enjoy each time that she holds onto me.
I'm going to let the ignorant comments roll off my shoulder.
And I'm going to let her want me as long as I possibly can.