Thanks for coming over to the Corner.
Her full cheeks looking back at me, grasping up at hanging toys and plush blankets, her gummy smile filling the car with warmth and new life.
My hand instinctively wraps around my round belly.
Her screams fill the car as I rush to find a place to pull over, my heart racing and anxiety rising; I’m sure I’ve pinched her skin in the harness, forgotten to feed her, or wrapped her too tightly.
My feet find the break and jam the car into park as I fumble with the seat belt; her shrieks becoming louder, more demanding.
I break her free of her car seat prison and hold her close, hum to her, tell her she’s okay and feel her tiny body sink into my chest as we rock in the back seat.
She sings loudly as we drive home from daycare.
Bah bah black sheeee
ABC LMN Sing with meeee
Hands high above her head swaying back and forth to the sound of her own voice.
I glance back in my review mirror and see a full back seat filled with a beautiful, laughing toddler.
A picture I longed to see.
Her full cheeks look back at me as she reaches up to the sky, her tiny voice filling the car with warmth and life.
My heart fills with love.
Filled with pride.
I loved this Leighann, thank you so much for sharing it here.