That moment when she is cuddled on your lap under the cozy warmth of a heavy blanket while the wind howls and snowflakes swirl just outside your window. Everyone else in the house is asleep and it is only you and her in this special moment. You can feel her begin to get drowsy, her eyelids start to get heavy and she turns her head to snuggle in closer. You admire her perfect features- her beautiful long eyelashes, button nose, and head of hair framing her delicate face and you are overcome with a love so fierce you can't explain it. You lean your head close to hers, breathe in deep the smell of her strawberry shampoo and whisper softly in her ear "I love you Ella." She sleepily looks up at you with the same love in her eyes, and with a slight grin on her face she slowly raises her hand... and signs "potty."
And somehow.. it's all worth it.