Tonight after Anna ate a dinner that included applesauce, I put her down to play with her BBQ a little bit. She crawled into the other room off the kitchen and I let her explore a little bit. We have the cat food in there and I've told her that she can't play with it before. I knew she was over there by the cat food because I heard her saying "no, no" to herself. She knows when she's doing something I've told her not to do.
However, I was cleaning up and I figured that she was probably just investigating a little. I left her there a bit and then I checked on her and she was basically just looking at the three little bowls: a bowl of water, a bowl of dry food and a bowl of wet food. She splashed her hand around in the water a bit and I moved that bowl away.
Everything seemed fine so I went into the other room. I was happy that she was playing independently and I figured there wasn't much harm in it so I left her to it.
10 minutes later I hear "mama?" and little legs crawling across the floor. I go over there to check on her and LORD if she isn't COMPLETELY COVERED in canned cat food and stinking like a fish. My only regret is that I did not take a picture of this. She had been dipping her hands into the wet food and using it as a medium for expression - on the chair, covering her pants & shirt, on her face, spread across the floor where she'd been crawling, mixed with dry food in that bowl - just a cat food disaster.
I laughed and laughed because it was such a funny site. I was glad it was almost bath time and also that the housekeeper comes tomorrow. I did have to strip her clothes off and rinse them out in the sink and I went through at least 10 paper towels wiping her off and then wiping the majority of the cat food off the floor. The cats were VERY confused about why she was covered in their food and also why their food was all over the floor.
I can't wait until DH gets home and asks me why the house smells like cat food!!
Before I had Anna, cleaning up smelly cat food would have probably really ticked me off. But just seeing her covered in it like that and imagining the fun she must have had just makes me chuckle.
Today I thank the universe for this little being that brings so much unexpected joy to my life every day. I love her so much! After she's in bed at night I miss her so much, I want to go wake her up so I can hug her and give her kisses. Even when she wakes up at the crack of dawn, it's my favorite thing to go and get her out of the crib. She is so perfect and amazing. There are so many reasons not to have kids - it's expensive, it makes you tired, it screws up your figure, it changes everything.... but that's just it: it changes everything. It brings light, life and laughter each day - a wealth I would never have imagined. It's hard work, but it is absolutely worth it.