A couple of weeks ago, Emily's teacher surprised me with this photograph she had taken of Emily.
Apparently, the teachers have been taking pictures of the children all year and will be giving all of the parents an album at the end of the year. But, Emily's teacher said she just couldn't wait to share this picture of Emily, and she hoped I loved it as much as she did.
Of course, I loved it!
After hugging her (was that inappropriate?? I tend to be a hugger), I then showed the picture to anyone who would look at it.
If you're friends with me on Facebook (*if not, you should be. You know you want a play-by-play of my day), then you know I posted it and gushed over it.
I love so much about this picture...
The twinkling of her blue eyes. The hint of a smile on her pink lips. The wisps of white blonde hair falling in random perfection. Her head resting on the first baby blanket I ever bought her. The remnants of boo-boos long-kissed. The way I can almost hear her whisper "morning" like she does when I wake her...
A stolen glimpse of the ordinary events I miss while I am at work...
While I try not to get caught up in the working mom guilt trap, there are times (and now pictures) that remind me of what I miss.
But, on the positive side, this picture reminds me that Emily and Drew are loved and cared for while I am gone. It is special to me that Emily and Drew's teacher thought to capture such a routine occurrence, like waking from a nap, and share it with me.
I think I will hug her again tomorrow.
*Edited to add: Friend me on Facebook by clicking on the Facebook icon under "Find Me Here" (on right side of page).