Sophie’s new favorite word is “cuddle”.

It took me a while to figure out what she was saying, though. She stood by my chair as I was eating my lunch and said it over and over again. I picked up one object after another and to each she said a firm, “No.” But she kept saying that word.

Finally, though I had no idea what she was asking for, I lifted her into my lap. She snuggled back into my arms and said it again in a very satisfied way: “Cuddle”. And holding her sweet little chubby body in my arms, I got it. She was ready for her nap and there I was eating lunch. All she wanted was a cuddle.

She said it again when we moved to the bedroom and I pulled her onto my lap to read her stories. Cuddle.

And then after her nap, I looked up to see her on the couch with her doll in her lap. “Cuddle,” I deciphered the syllables that had been mystifying me as I only half listened to her babble. Cuddle

Isabella is not a cuddly child. But Sophie is totally into snuggling in my lap. Perhaps especially because she has a challenger. Poor girl gets so upset when Ben ousts her from the prized place. And oh when I slow down and listen and really hear what she is saying and when I take the time to enjoy it, there is absolutely nothing better than a cuddle with my little girl.

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