For my latest 'Words' I have chosen this quote from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Nights Dream.'
I wouldn't say you would find me at home at night reading Shakespeare these days but I did A-Level English Literature and my absolute favourite is A Midsummer Nights Dream.
This quote sums up my little girl entirely.
To look at her, you see big blue eyes, beautiful blondy brown curls and the sweetest, happiest smile.
She looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth, especially when she has woken up from a nap and she is all snuggly and cuddly. She is incredibly affectionate, kind and loving. Some mornings we seem to start the day just right and we have a great day, she is as good as gold and a delight to be around.
But behind that angelic exterior...
There is a side to my Mads that would make even hardened adults tremble. My goodness this girl, even at two, knows exactly what she wants, and if she is a bit tired or under the weather and she doesn't get it- you better watch out!
Some days the only way to describe her is hard work. These days happen rarely, but some days from the second she wakes up she just seems to want to test the boundaries. She can tantrum like the best of them, letting out the most dramatic diva like fake cry when she doesn't get her own way. We have even had the throwing herself on the floor in protest.
She also has now learnt how to pull on my emotional Mummy heart strings. This girl could win an Oscar for her performances. The other day she came up to me and asked for a biscuit. I said no, that we had only just had breakfast and she turned to me, flung her arms round my neck and said 'Please can I have one Mummy, I just love you so so much.' Cupboard love works in our house it seems as we soon were eating a digestive at 8.30am.
Likewise if I get cross with her, she has figured out how to play me at my own game. 'Mads do you want a time out?' 'Yes please Mummy.' 'Mads do you want to go home?' 'Yes.'
Oh right. That wasn't the answer I was looking for. How can a two year old outsmart me?
Sometimes I get little glimpses of what she will be like when she is older, and what kind of teenager she will be. I am sure there will be times when we she will test us and push the boundaries even more than she does now.
But for all those testing times?
We get to spend our days with the most remarkable little girl.
She's cheeky but she's happiest when she is stroking your ear as a comfort.
She can be a monkey but she is the kindest little girl you could meet and she looks out for her friends.
She is loyal, affectionate and her giggle could melt your heart.
She sucks her fingers when she's tired, and will often come and cuddle me when I least expect it.
She is full of innocence, and she makes us incredibly proud every day.
She can be fierce but she's our Mads.
And we love her very much.