I let Finley play independently for a few minutes so I could get in a little internet time-wasting, and when I joined him on the floor he looked up at me and clapped. Just for being mom, I got a personal round of applause.
I keep hearing motherhood is a thankless job. Obviously not! Well, not until your kids are old enough to realize how totally uncool you are. I get a cheery smile with almost every diaper change, and sleepy gazes during feedings. Finley is getting old enough to copy my nods and dance when he sees Daddy dancing. He giggles at my dumb jokes and squeals when I pretend to eat his feet when we're out shopping.
I've never had a job where I was so appreciated. Maybe if my bosses hadn't had teeth their smiles would have been more meaningful. But seriously, this baby costs money and produces poop and is still the best job I've ever had. Getting pregnant = my best ever career choice.