I know everyone says it, I've said it before with Beckham, I said it last month when she turned 11 months, I said it every month before that, and I'll say it again; time flies. It flies especially fast when you have a front row seat to watching a baby grow in her first year of life...and every year after that. I am definitely still in denial that Eliza is 1, I would really like to rewind to the first 6 months of her life so I can commit more events to my memory. We had so much going on in life between raising a 19 month old, Ben graduating dental school, moving cross country, then flying to Europe 2 weeks later, then moving into our home a week after that, then Ben starting his residency...and all of a sudden she was 6 months old and Beckham was 2. I have a feeling that every year will be like this, and before I know it, both of them will be having babies of their own and I'll still be wondering if anyone has created a functioning time machine.
Eliza came into this world a week ahead of schedule, quietly, and without much fuss. She has truly been a sweetheart from the start. Maybe it's because she's the second child and I was more laid back and less stressed about every little thing she did or didn't do. But this girl gets in her bed wide awake and smiling and then, get this, falls asleep on her own!!! Beckham did not do that for the longest time. I had to practice stealthy tai chi moves to be able to set him down in the crib without waking him up so he would remain sleeping and then tip toe with the utmost caution out of the room so I wouldn't wake him. That's not to say she's without her quirks. The girl loves her milk, out of a bottle, not in a sippy cup. She will totally throw herself (lunge forward) onto the ground when she gets mad at something or doesn't get what she wants. And when she's hungry, she gets Hangry, and food needed to be on the table 5 minutes before you actually gave it to her.
She loves bath time, loves running around and exploring places, especially now that she's walking like a rockstar, and she adores her brother and pesters him by taking his cars away and trying to play with whatever he's playing with. She still nuzzles into my neck or leans into my chest and actually snuggles when she's sleepy. I die when this happens, it's the sweetest thing ever! This girl knows what she wants and she goes after it. I can't even imagine what she will be like as she continues to grow. I'm so privileged to be her mom but at the same time I'm incredibly nervous of parenting a teenage girl...I can do little baby snuggles, but I have no idea how I will raise a growing girl.
The relationship that her and Beckham have is really sweet, yes they beat on each other, but they love each other so much. I really hope and pray that I am fostering the growth of a passionate, strong, loving, caring, determined, and God loving young girl. Now I just sit back and watch the years fly by, wishing for a pause button to just savor each sweet day (and a fast forward button to skip through the really hard days). I am so thankful for this sweet girl...who is now 13 months old because I forget to finish blog posts on time. Happy Birthday my sweetest Eliza Milli!!