Every morning, when Abbey wakes up, she wanders into my room, climbs into my bed and snuggles with me. These are the little things you will miss when they are older. Teenagers don’t snuggle. 9 year olds don’t snuggle much either. But these little moments of affection, I cherish. After about 5 minutes she points out my morning breath, and tells me she wants to watch “a show”. Then she begs for a sippy cup of milk.
My kid is pretty advanced in most areas, that’s not even me bragging, it’s just what I’ve always been told. She’s smart as a whip, has great verbal and motor skills, but she’s clumsy as all get out and seriously cannot drink out of a normal cup without wearing it. So sippy cup it is. On those lazy mornings, you know the ones… when you stayed up late the night before working on a deadline, or catching up on DVR’d shows, and the morning comes and the kids are awake early and blah… grrr…. uhhh….
On those mornings? I fill her sippy cup the night before and direct her to the fridge. It gives me an extra 10 minutes of prying my eyes open for the extra early day I didn’t think was coming. Oh kids, they’ll get ya every time.
So when got milk? wanted to partner with me, to talk about how milk inspires us, and helps us get through our day, I jumped at the chance. I love talking about Abbey, and her undying love for milk, it’s just one of her little quirks. I don’t know where she gets it, because as much as I love a class of milk to dip cookies in, or pour over my cereal, or make my coffee and recipes creamy, I am not the biggest fan of just drinking a cold glass of milk plain. Nothing against milk, I still love you, really. But Abbey, she LOVES to drink it straight.
It’s part of her daily routine. It’s as normal to her as waking up and trying to convince me to give her candy for breakfast, it’s just ingrained in her. The favorite part is the look on her face of pure bliss. Just this pleasure that only kids can have, like nothing better in the world exists than a sippy cup full of cold milk.
I love that it fuels her for the day, giving her energy I wish I could bottle, because everyone always asks me where it comes from. She’s strong, and healthy, and I really like that when she wants a drink she reaches for milk verses non-healthy options like sugary juices or punch. Milk is a fundamental building block of her diet, especially since she can be a picky eater. I know she’s getting what she needs when she reaches for that sippy cup. It makes me proud that she’s learning to make good choices, even at 3 years old. She’s an amazing kid. We just need to work on that candy for breakfast thing.
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