I feel so blessed that these little beings were given to me to take care of. They have their testy moments, and the day-to-day has its ups and downs, but one of my favorite tasks of the job is snuggling with them until they feel better.
Brushing the stray hairs off their necks when they are too hot. Filling their juice cups for the 5th time in an hour to keep them hydrated. And sleeping right next to their warm bodies to make sure they are ok; I'm ready for anything they need.
I take in their little toes, their heaving chests, their crusty noses, their tangled hair and their flushed cheeks. And I enjoy every second of it, because they won't always need their Mama right by their side. Although if they did, I would be right there, every single time.