He tells me he loves me frequently and that I'm beautiful. Now that dd is here, he says the same things to her. Lots of hugs and cuddles, too. Plus, I get great pictures to decorate my house, just like you. Dd is only almost 7 weeks so right now my paycheck comes from getting a bit of sleep and the occasional smile.
Although my kids are older (15, 12, 10), and I may not get the cute projects anymore (loved those), I get paid in other ways. I get paid when my 14 year old dd still talks to me, instead of acts like mom doesn't know anything. I also love that she will still sit next to me and lean up against me for our "cuddle time" and tell me her feelings and what goes on in her day. I love that my 12 year old ds still likes to be seen in public with his mom, will debate topics with me and fills me in on things that he has learned in school or projects that he is thinking of making (he loves to invent things). My 10 year old ds still tells me that I am the best mom that there ever was and he is so lucky to have me. To me, this is the best complement that I could ever receive. All in all, I love the payments that I receive for being a mom. :)