Eliza does not hold still from the moment she wakes up in the morning until the moment she falls asleep. She literally wiggles in her bed until the moment she falls asleep. I have learned that if I lay next to her for her nap, I "let" her play with my hair and it helps her to fall asleep more quickly. Win win! She loves to sit on your lap, but be prepared for the wiggles, squirming and wrestling while she "sits" there. Anyone that knows Eliza will tell you how loud she is, but she doesn't like loud music or the tv too loud either. Maybe she doesn't like the competition?
I hope I don't sound like I'm complaining because Eliza is everyone's favorite. She takes a little extra energy from me, but I wouldn't change a single thing about that perfect little girl! She has so much spunk and charm and love in that little body of hers! She tells me all day long how wonderful and beautiful I am and will not let me step foot out the door until she gets as many hugs and kisses sufficient enough for her. Walking down the hallway at church, people are fighting for Eliza's attention, but she'll only give it to you if she feels like it. And everyone loves it because if you can get some love from Eliza, it is 100% genuine.
Eliza is absolutely hilarious and SMART! She will have the life she wants and she won't ever settle for anything less. A person only 4 years old, I'd say she is one special girl! Her kind baby blue eyes, warm rosy chubby freckled cheeks and bouncy Shirley Temple ringlets are one of the many things I never want to forget about my sweet growing 4 year old little girl.
Eliza woke up to her gifts and even a cute note and dollar from Janie...
Eliza and I read a book together before every nap. My favorite one that we read is a book called, "I Like Myself" by Karen Beaumont. It says,
I like myself! I'm glad I'm me.
There's no one else I'd rather be.
I like my eyes, my ears, my nose.
I like my fingers and my toes.
I like me wild. I like me tame.
I like me different and the same.
I like me fast. I like me slow.
I like me everywhere I go.
I like me on the inside, too,
for all I think and say and do.
Inside, outside, upside down,
from head to toe and all around,
I like it all! It all is me!
And me is all I want to be.
And I don't care in any way
what someone else my think or say.
I may be called a silly nut
or crazy cuckoo bird-so what?
I'm having too much fun, you see,
for anything to bother me!
Even when I look a mess,
I still don't like me any less,
'cause nothing in this world, you know,
can change what's deep inside, and so....
No matter if they stop and stare,
can make me feel that what they see
is all there really is to me.
I'd still like me with fleas or warts,
or with a silly snout that snorts,
or knobby knees or hippos hips
or purple polka-dotted lips,
or beaver breath or stinky toes
or horns protruding from my nose,
or--yikes--with spikes all down my spine,
or hair that's like a porcupine.
I still would be the same, you see...
I like myself because I'm ME!
This is the perfect book for Eliza! She likes who she is and she has no problem being herself! I hope she carries that gift with her throughout her entire life and for every birthday. Happy 4th Birthday, Beautiful!