It's not Eisley's birthday yet. But it will be on Saturday. And we've got family coming in to town and I know me-- I probably won't actually have the time on her actual birthday to post anything more than a photo and a birthday wish. So we'll call this birthweek instead of birthday.
In one of my craft projects for her birthday party, I was looking through all the pictures we've taken of her over the past year (it's a lot of pictures!). She's changed so much and she's in such a fun stage right now. Taking my inspiration from my cousin Christin, who made a similar post about her Bailey-girl, here are a few things I know about Eisley as an (almost) one-year-old:
- She's very busy. She doesn't slow down much, and is always on the move. I literally cannot think of a time since she learned to crawl, that she's stopped to sit or relax. If she's awake, she's moving. Exploring. This also means she's not much of a cuddler/snuggler, which is sometimes sad for Mommy and Daddy, but she sometimes lets us sneak in a quick snuggle or two. I think she knows we need it.
- I can't say that she's either a Mommy's girl or a Daddy's girl right now. I honestly think she's quite content to be both. Which is great fun for both Billy and me.
- She very happily obliges if you ask for a kiss. She'll move her lips toward your face-- and her "kisses" are always very slobbery.
- She's walking very well these days. It's so funny to see this little person toddling around the house, climbing on everything and opening every cabinet she can find. Just in the past week and a half, walking has become her preferred mode of movement, and even when she falls, she stands right back up to keep walking. When she was just learning to walk, a fall usually meant she'd switch to crawling.
- She's incredibly expressive. Oh, that face of hers! I love it so much! I love her smiles, her laugh, her looks of delight, surprise, anger, confusion, and joy.
- She's strong-willed. She knows what she wants and she does all she can to get it. Nothing stands in her way!
- She can scream... loudly! Anytime we take something from her she's not allowed to have, she yells in anger. She does throw the occasional temper tantrum. In order to not reinforce this behavior, we typically do not react/respond to her screams, and we certainly don't give in to what she wants as a way to get her to stop. But this is all very difficult to do-- because even her angry scream is incredibly hilarious and cute, and I actually find it quite endearing. I'm not sure the rest of the world thinks it's as charming. But I guess that's what moms do, right?
- She is an excellent eater! She LOVES her vegetables. The other day I had made her some pasta with broccoli and carrots. She one by one, picked out all of the broccoli pieces and ate them as though she were eating a candy bar. She smiled at each one before eating it. She then picked out all the carrots and ate them, and wasn't too pleased to discover all that was remaining was her pasta.
- When she's DONE eating, she holds food over the side of her high chair and makes sure we're watching before launching it to the ground. Her newest thing is to mock us as she does it, saying, "nuh uh. no no no." Hmm. We're working on stopping this-- but for now, Riley the dog is quite pleased. This means extra food for her!
- She's an early riser. She's a great sleeper, but she's an early riser. She always has been. She loves the mornings and the morning is her happiest time. She is wide awake and ready to go for the day between 6:45 & 7:00 a.m. (Hey, it used to be 5:30 a.m. but we've finally trained her to sleep a little later!)
- Her first word was simple: "hi". And it was so cute the way she would say it. She would only ever whisper it, and it was always accompanied by a wave. She's now moved on to saying it a little more audibly. She also says "bye bye" and she calls her little baby doll, 'bay-beh'. She also says "mama" and "dada" to Billy and me, but not always to the right person. :)
- She LOVES to dance!!! Give the girl some music and she's all wiggles! One of her teachers at school brought in a special CD last week, with Eisley specifically in mind-- the music's got a good dancing beat! Sure enough, within 2 seconds of hearing the music, she was shaking her hips.
- She is adored by her teachers at school, and this makes Mom & Dad very happy. We know she is well taken care of.
- She loves to play peek-a-boo. She thinks it's SO hilarious to hide behind a blanket or anything at all really, and wait for you to say "Wheeeeeere's Eisley?" Then she'll come out from behind and just laugh. But a lot of times she'll only cover up ONE eye, so she can see you AND "hide" at the same time. It's hilarious.
- She loves to "help" us unload the dishwasher. She can be somewhere else in the house, and if she hears you open the dishwasher, she comes running. Always.
- Her most favorite toys (this week anyway) are an old cell phone and crayola markers.
- Her favorite song is the alphabet song. It always has been. She loves pretty much ANY music, but somehow, she's always gotten so excited about the ABCs.
- She is generally pretty comfortable around all kinds of people and she isn't shy. Which is great, because this girl has a great big family that loves her!
- She is a constant reminder to me, of how wonderful our Creator is. She is so wonderfully and uniquely made.
- She's 100% wonderful in every way possible. I am totally in love with my precious daughter.
Happy Birthday, sweet Eisley!