Some days it feels like I'm barely surviving. When my toddler is having a 4 a.m. tantrum or I can't help but feel like I'll be breastfeeding for the rest of my life, this whole parenting thing loses its sheen. And when I feel like I'm doing it all wrong, my son will suddenly do something adorable or say something uplifting, I immediately remember how much I love being a mom. That's when they get you, when you're at your weakest.
Which was a sentiment echoed when moms described the moment they realized parenthood is so worth it. Us moms need those times when our kids amaze and inspire us, so we can keep going through the incredible mess that is parenthood.
Thankfully, my son gives me these little gems all the time. He sprinkles them throughout a day full of defiance, where he has demanded the same annoying song on repeat and has made our house look like a disaster zone. It seems, at least to me, that kids are cute because it's nothing short of a self-preservation tactic. Their adorable natures and heartbreakingly cute faces keep their frazzled parents from simply dropping them off the edge of a cliff (I kid, kind of). But seriously, there are so many daily moments that remind me that parenthood is so worth it, including the following: