You know, it's only been a few weeks since these photos were taken (by the wonderful Alexa Loy), and yet I feel like the little rascal in them has gone! She has changed, grown up. This Alice pictured here, no longer exists. In her place is a more confident, more assertive walking, no running, toddler! I know people say that children grow up so fast, but I never really understood what they meant. Now I do.
What they mean is that every single day you spend with your baby is completely different from the last. That every second really does count because you really, truly will never get it back again! It's so easy with a young baby, to wish time away. I have found myself, and Dave, often wishing that Alice was a bit older so she could go on the climbing frame at the park, or enjoy lego land! Sometimes it's hard when Alice is up at night because she has a cold or is teething, and all I want her to do is SLEEP! But it all passes and I feel guilty that I have wished some of her precious baby time away.
Yesterday we had to take Alice to her final hospital appointment. It was just a year check up because she didn't breath straight away when she was born and they like to check up on things. We knew she was fine, but it was still a little nerve-racking to be back at the hospital with her. This appointment really made me reflect on how much has changed within this past year, and how quickly Alice has grown up. We have a little toddler on our hands. A fun, energetic, exhausting and brilliant young toddler.
And now that I have time to reflect and think about how far we have come as a family, I am making a personal promise to myself. To not wish away time anymore. To enjoy every moment of Alice's childhood and to make it the best one I can! We may not have all the money in the world, but we definitely have a lot of love to give!