I had Nathan sit on his potty. I walked out of the bathroom for just a moment to do something when I heard him walking around. I rushed back in, worried pee would be puddled on the floor. As I put was putting his diaper back on, I fussed at him some and told him that he can’t run around with his diaper off and that he needed to stay seated on the potty.

“Awww come here, Mommy,” he said as he hugged me. “It’s okay.”

“Not really,” I replied. “I don’t want to clean up pee.” Then he put his hands on my cheeks and pinched them as he tried to stretch out my mouth.

“OUCH! Nathan, why’d you do that?” I yelped.

He then put his hands on his own cheeks and smiled, then pointed to his teeth. “Mile!”

“You mean you want me to smile?” I asked, giving him the biggest smile I could.

“Awww good job, Mommy! I’m so proud of you!” he said as he gave me a big hug. Well, heck. That was easy enough. Who knew a smile could make someone so happy?


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