Today I overheard Olivia say to Calvin, when he had finished his dinner:
“Calvin! I’m so proud of you!”
It made me happy. It made me feel like I was doing something good; she got that phrase from me. I try to tell my babies that I’m proud of them and that I notice their small accomplishments – like not having “accidents” or telling the truth or doing something hard.
It seems Olivia has picked up on that.
And that is a good thing. Motherhood is a life of second-guessing oneself.