It is our last “month” of celebrating Eloise’s first year of life. Motherhood is the strangest and craziest mixture of emotions, and I think watching your children grow up and reach new milestones tops the charts. It is bitter enough to make you think you want to have 10 more babies, so you can savor all the leg rolls, cuddles, and wonderful baby smells a bit longer. But, watching your children get bigger and learn all sorts of things in so little time is the sweetest reward of being a mom.
I feel like this year with Eloise has flown by, and I haven’t had time to truly enjoy every little thing she accomplished and learned. Life with two babies is fast and hectic in a good way, but I wish I could have slowed things down, even on the most challenging days. When I look back at pictures of Phoebe at this age, it seems like such a distant memory even though it was only a short time ago. I’m trying to hold on to this time in my life as long as I can, because these are the days. They’ll never need me as much as they do now, and I will long for being needed and being their #1 person in life.
Eloise is about 23 and a half pounds and already wearing size 18 month clothing! She can stand up all by herself for about a minute before she realizes what she’s doing and slowly squats back down to the ground. She loves to try new foods, even though she doesn’t like most of what she tries. Her favorite foods are strawberries, grapes, banana, yogurt, broccoli in tomato sauce, cereal with milk, cheese, ham, pizza, and anything sweet. She will hound me whenever I am eating and always wants a bite. This is totally new for us, because Phoebe could care less about what we were eating when she was this age (and now).
We have many nicknames for her- Eloisey, Chunky Monkey, and our newest is Hurricane Eloise. She’s earned this name because of how quickly and easily she can tear through any room and turn it completely upside down. Cleaning up the toys is pointless when she’s around, because she will literally follow behind and undo everything- turn baskets of toys upside down, rip books off the shelves, flip anything and everything over. She doesn’t mean to be a messy baby, she is just so curious about everything and loves to be engaged with as many toys/objects as she possibly can. Phoebe is completely annoyed (in such a sisterly way) at Eloise and her desire to do and have every single thing she has and does. There is definitely some competitiveness in Eloise that I never really saw in Phoebe because she never had to compete for my attention until now. Eloise will get very upset and whine whenever she sees me holding Phoebe. She will whine and moan as she crawls towards us and clumsily plops herself in my lap, usually causing Phoebe to be pushed half way off of me. I give Phoebe a lot of credit for not getting too upset with her sister.
Some of Eloise’s latest tricks include being able to nod her head yes when we ask her questions. Just the other night, I was getting Eloise in her pajamas and she was having a little meltdown. She usually does as soon as she gets put down on the changing table. She wouldn’t let up, so I asked her if she’s hungry. She started nodding her head yes and said in the cutest baby voice, “Yaahhhsss!”. I was amazed! Her communication skills are developing quickly, just like her chatty big sister. Eloise is also aware of how to use her pointer finger to show us things and get what she wants. I love seeing her chubby little finger in the air, pointing at Elmo on TV and wanting all of us to be excited about it with her.
Life with two girls is the sweetest, and there really is nothing more perfect than having daughters. We can’t wait to see what the next year will bring, with a 3 year old and one year old. They’ll be growing so much closer and I’m excited to watch them blossom together!