Sunday, 29 September 2013: One Hundred and Eighty One Days Old.
Hubby took Ayla and I out “boating” today (I call it boating because we didn’t plan to catch fish) to show us a beautiful place he found a few months ago.
Not only did Hubby show us “the spot” we saw so many other beautiful and amazing things… things that some people will only get to read about but Baby Ayla’s been lucky enough to witness at less than six months old, and she’s certain to witness them again while we live in the Territory.
We saw the sun rise over land while we steamed out to sea in the cool morning air.
We saw patches of the ocean’s surface bubble and boil as schools of tuna chased balls of bait to the surface (we even caught two different species of tuna!).
We saw a school of two dozen or so mackerel chase down our lures to within inches of the boat before diving back to the safety of the deep blue.
We saw two huge turtles playing “leapfrog”… Well, that’s what we told Ayla they were doing (click here for the real story and thank me later lol).
We saw another turtle up close when he was foul hooked on a lure and we brought him aboard to free him.
And all this took place right on our door step!
It was a great day and Baby Ayla took it all ten hours of “boating” in her stride.
But what struck me the most is that we’re so lucky to live in a place where nature and adventure is a core part of our culture and surroundings.
I sure am glad Ayla’s a Territory kid 😉
A clip of Ayla feeding herself some porridge, but sometimes I think she thinks the spoon is a teething tool instead of a feeding utensil.
Saturday, 28 September 2013: One Hundred and Eighty Days Old.
Baby Ayla has certainly taken her interest in food up a notch lately!
Whenever I’m eating or drinking Ayla’s reaching over, trying to grab it with eyes wife and mouth open.
So whenever she’s started to show interest I’ve tried to give her something to chew on; banana, strawberries, cucumber, carrot, even a bit of yogurt!
To try and create a bit of routine with food, I’ve been giving Ayla baby porridge at breakfast and lunch!
I let her grab the spoon and try to feed herself – it makes a massive mess but its super fun!
Friday, 27 September 2013: One Hundred and Seventy Nine Days Old
Ayla got her first horse today… A rocking horse, from her Aunty Let and Uncle Bill.
Aunty Let is Hubby’s mum’s sister and they’re from one of the most remote cattle stations in Australia.
So it was only fitting that Aunty Let would be carrying a rocking horse in her arms when she and Uncle Bill arrived at our house for a visit tonight.
It made me teary to see my little girl so happy on the back of a colourful wooden pony and I wondered (errr… hoped!) that Ayla will one day share my love of all things horsey.
For most of my life, horses have given me freedom, independence, confidence and unconditional love.
They’ve taught me about exploration, perseverance, patience, following my dreams and the kicks that cone from adrenaline, and its a passion I dearly hope to pass on to Baby Ayla when she’s older.
Thursday, 25 September 2013: One Hundred and Seventy Eight Days Old.
We took Ayla to her Uncle Rob’s (Hubby’s cousin) book launch tonight where she got to meet some of her extended family for the first time.
Hubby has a huge family; he is one of three kids but his mum was one of seven, so he grew up with countless cousins, uncles and aunties in his life.
I remember being overwhelmed by the warmth, love and loyalty of Hubby’s when I first met them.
It didn’t seem to matter which side of the family you were from, how closely related you were or how well you knew them, family is family and that’s all that matters.
It’s an important ideal that I want Ayla to understand and value, despite living thousands of kilometres away from nearly all her family members.
So it’s no wonder my heart brimmed with love as Ayla was whisked off into the crowd in the loving and protective arms of her Aunty.
While Ayla’s been sick we’ve been forced to abandon the “bush squirt” and set up the baby bath inside again.
This video is of a “sick” Ayla (she doesn’t look sick!) discovering bath bubbles for the first time.
Wednesday, 24 September 2013: One Hundred and Seventy Seven Days Old.
Ayla is so special, she amazes me every day but today in particular she made me so proud and thankful.
Y’see, Ayla’s all better and she has even more smiles and bigger cuddles than before she got sick.
It’s kinda like she’s returned from the dark side with a new lease on life!
And with each smile, cheeky glance and funny antic, Ayla managed to make me feel a little bit better.
I’m still crook, but Ayla has been a beautiful breath of fresh air and happiness that’s made me so grateful for every tiny moment I get with her.