Those steps. The railings. The random toys and objects that go flying down said steps and through the banister railings on a daily basis? Tons.
Every evening when my husband gets home, he comes up the steps into the living room/kitchen area with a handful of toys that he's cleaned up from the steps on his walk up. A few weeks ago I sort of huffed an "I'm sorry" regarding the toys. Because seriously. It's every.single.day. And it's like HI! DAD! Welcome home from a hard day at work! Pick up all the random crap I threw down the steps today!
But my sweet husband, within seconds, without batting an eyelash was all, What? I love it. It means I have a healthy little girl running around.
And then I proceeded to melt.
Because it changed my perspective.
Then just yesterday, I was cleaning the countertops when I saw this gunk all over my nice, black, dishwasher front. I looked closer and realized there were little toddler food-filled finger prints all over it. And then I proceeded to look closer at other things in my kitchen. My black fridge? The entire bottom part? Finger prints. The stove front. Fingerprints.
Let's not even mention the milk splatters on my cabinet doors, the applesauce caked on my floorboard molding, and the crushed goldfish crackers in every crevice of the carpets.
What.a.mess. I almost did a flashback to how pristine and perfect areas of my home were pre-kid. You know, when you put something somewhere, it stayed. Or it stayed clean until you or your spouse messed it up, but other than that? Perfectly clean. Neat. Those days.
When I noticed those little gunky fingerprints, I found myself on the verge of irritation---But, I stopped. And immediately the words of my husband from a few weeks ago sort of filled my mind.
Because I was reminded that those little fingerprints? Belong to my kid. That my home and life would be so much different without her. So empty. And that my heart cannot even explain the amount of love it has for this little person. That she's happy and healthy, and all mine.
Messy fingerprints and all.