A few days ago, I found my eyes leaking as you slept on my chest. You're usually the one with leaky eyes before bed, but I guess it was my turn.
I felt overcome with emotion because it's so rare that you sleep on my chest these days, and I realized how so many moments like that will return rarely and eventually never again.
The bittersweet trade-off is that for those cherished moments that slip away, I can't wait for the next ones when you try something new or become more engaged with the world around you.
We saw an exotic slice of the world in the last month, spending two lovely weeks in Italy. You were totally resilient as we carried you through Sorrento, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome. Most of that carrying was done by backpack, so your old man stayed fit as you progressively gained a little wait due to a 100% pasta diet. Nearly 10 years ago, I went to Italy for the first time on a solo trip to challenge and find myself as a newly minted college graduate. Going back and sharing an experience in Italy with you and your Mom meant so much to me. I couldn't have imagined then where we are now.
I know what you're thinking, "I don't remember the trip!" Don't worry, we'll go back again when you're older.
The language barrier reminded me of how quickly you're picking up language (mostly English, plus "Ciao"). You're speaking a lot of gibberish, which is just delightful to hear. You're so serious speaking so silly. You're not quite walking, but I think you will in coming weeks. Those Italian cobblestone streets weren't easy to practice on.
As you know, your Mom and I had a long road to meet you. The stork refused to deliver you to us for a few years. I managed through that time period the same way I do most things, by documenting. I made this video to show you how tough and resilient your Mom was through it all. We were so motivated to bring you into the world, and to no surprise your Mom did all the hard work. Whenever you watch this video, give your Mom a squeeze. She earned it.
Eliza, I don't have words to express how thankful I am for you, and how much I love you! This has been the best year. Better than I could have imagined. Thank you.