Meet my mom...she's amazing! I mean, she is seriously amazing! She has always been the best mom ever, but after having Ellie, she has become even more incredible. She is always there for us no matter what we need....always!
My mom watches Ellie three out of the four days a week while I work, and she also babysits on the weekends or evenings whenever we ask her to. I mean, seriously, how lucky are we? Most of our friends with children are paying for sitters if they want to enjoy a night out, but not us...we have my amazing mom!
What makes it all even better? Ellie absolutely adores my mom. She is seriously obsessed with my mom! No one else can get Ellie to laugh like my mom can. It's so adorable to watch them goof around and play together. In the mornings, when she sees my mom, her eyes just light up. Whenever she wakes up from her nap, she calls out for her "Yaya" (what she calls my mom because she just can't say Lola yet...it comes out Yaya), even if it's a day that my mom is not over watching her. There are even times when she wants nothing to do with her mommy or daddy. She only wants to be with "Yaya".
Last week when my mom left our house for the day, Ellie started crying as she pulled away. I quickly diverted her attention by playing with her. About 5 minutes later, Ellie started walking down the sidewalk in the same direction my mom had driven away in...then all of a sudden, she started running and calling for "Yaya" with the saddest look on her face. It was so heartbreaking to watch her. She was so desperate to find her "Yaya"!
As miserable as it was to watch, it also made me feel good to know how much Ellie loves the person that watches her so very often. There is nothing more assuring to me as a mother than knowing my daughter is in good hands when I am at work or when Matt and I go out. Ellie is not just in good hands, she's in amazingly loving hands...the hands of her "Yaya", otherwise known as my extraordinary mom!