Then we had a most precious exchange:
Me: I love you.
Zeke: I yuv you mo. Night night.
At that, all stresses and frustrations of raising a strong-willed (somewhat defiant) child just melted away. I realized how truly blessed I am to have such a healthy & sweet little boy. I take motherhood for granted far too often & let the difficulties of toddlerhood define who I am as a parent and who Zeke is as a child. I find myself looking at motherhood as a task, chore, or duty but it's a privilege that God has blessed me with.
My heart is full of the love I have for that kid and I need to remember to always always show him that.
So here's to another goal for the year: Be a mother (& wife) with more joy & less grumbling.