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Privacy is a luxury when living with a toddler.

I can’t go to the bathroom without M right at my tail.  If I shut the door, all heck breaks loose.  She’ll either whine and cry or knock on the door continuously until I get out.

I can’t sneak away into the bedroom for a second without her suddenly behind me, biggest smile on her face.

Even when she’s deep in concentration over her toys, or coloring book, or iPad.. the minute she sees me walking away from the room, she’s up and right by my side.

Some may find it annoying.  Some may crave that “me time.”  But I totally find it endearing.

I get my “me time.”  I get some time to myself between the hour or so that I get home from work and the time that M and Hubby come home.  And I get the full workday to myself.  That’s definitely enough “me time,” in fact, the workday maybe a little too much “me time” away from M.  By the time I’d done with the workday, and I get an hour to clean up, cook, and/or craft.. I’m ready to see M and spend all my time with her.

Her constant following isn’t a burden.  I love it.

I love it because it’s her way of showing me that she loves me.  It’s her way of showing me that she trusts me.  It’s her way of being affectionate.  When she follows me, and I stop to turn around and look at her, she rushes up to me with arms wide open and gets my legs in the tightest hug she knows! 

That’s unconditional love.  And I love it all.

Plus, I know these moments are fleeting.  There’s going to come a time that her games,  whatever is on TV, or toys  are more important that knowing that I have left the room.  And eventually, she won’t follow me anymore.  There is going to come a time when following me will be the last thing she’ll want to do.  And I will crave those moments when she would never leave my side.

So I don’t find my lack of privacy a hassle.  I don’t find her need to be by my side annoying.  I welcome it because I want her to know that I love her as much as she loves me.  I want her to know that she is always welcome by my side, and I’ll always want her with me, as long as she wants me to.



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