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Awesome adventures

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014: Three Hundred and Fifty One Days Old.

Hubby and I could hardly wait to see what Ayla’s reaction would be when she saw and then rode an elephant for the first time today!

Well… she loved it! Ayla sat up on the elephant with her Daddy and I as we trekked though the jungle and up to the top of a hill that overlooked the ocean.

I think Ayla found it a little hard to comprehend at first because she got so excited at seeing the other elephants with people riding them it was as if they suddenly reminded her of what she was doing.

We got some great photos while on the trek and when we got back to the start we were able to take some more photos, this time with a baby elephant aptly named “Dollar”.

Dollar was quick to give me a cuddle with his trunk and kiss me on the neck… I tried so hard to be calm and collected for Ayla but I certainly wasn’t ready for an elephant hickey!!

Despite my elevated heart rate Ayla stayed relaxed and intrigued by the funny, leathery, hairy thing with a snake like trunk that wanted to tickle her feet and she couldn’t take her eyes away… Until she noticed the monkeys!

There were two monkeys nearby chained up which was sad but secretly I was grateful they couldn’t climb on us (primates aren’t my strong suit)!

Ayla was mesmerised by the monkey’s jittery movements but we were warned not to let Ayla get too close because “he doesn’t like children.” Hubby said he wondered how they worked that out and I was just glad they had!

We got back to the hotel and had a swim and a nap then headed out to a nearby town called Kata to go to the Dino Park putt putt (mini golf).

It was amazing!! I have no idea what Ayla would have made of it all but for Hubby and I we felt like we were playing putt putt in Jurassic Park!

There were life sized and life like dinosaurs riddled throughout the park, and everywhere you could look was thick jungle, sometimes it was almost hard to find the next green!

There was also running creeks and waterfalls, caves and even a giant three storey volcano complete with flames and steam that we had to walk through to play the fourth hole!

It was a bit of a shame Ayla is too small to remember today. Both the elephant trek and the putt putt were awesome adventures that Hubby and I will remember always.

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Ayla’s first tuk-tuk ride!

A little bit scary for mum, but heaps of fun for Baby Ayla who loved the wind in her hair and the amazing pictures whizzing past.

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Thailannnnd!

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Monday, 17 March 2014: Fifty Weeks Old.

After a good seven hours sleep in the Transit Hotel at Changi this morning we were refreshed and ready to head to Phuket, Thailand!!

Hubby and I were last in Phuket seven and a half years ago and we’ve been excited to go back and redo the adventure as a family this time, with Baby Ayla!

Just an hour or so after landing we kick started our Thai holiday at a beauty salon where I signed up for a pedicure so I could watch Ayla while Hubby got a massage.

But no sooner had I sat down that Ayla was off in the arms of one of the girls, wandering around the parlour and checking out the fish in the foot-bath tanks.

Needless to say it wasn’t the most relaxing pedi ever, but it was definitely a great way to get used to all the attention Ayla will receive.

I knew Ayla’s fair skin and blonde hair would be a hit with the locals but the reaction has been overwhelming!!

People are constantly coming up to Ayla to touch her, kiss her and hold her which is why I’m super glad we decided to “wear” Ayla rather than bring a pram!

Every time we walked past a salon or a taxi rank today all we could her was a gaggle of “aww”, “hello baby” to which Ayla always responded with a wave and the blow of a kiss.

Ayla even brought tears to the eyes of a little old lady tonight who was selling flower garlands on the street.

The lady came up to Ayla while I was wearing her and didn’t say a word, just stroked her cheeks, her legs and her silky soft hair and gave me a smile and a thumbs up before walking off into the crowded street.

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Electric

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Sunday, 16 March 2014: Three Hundred and Forty Nine Days Old.

Our house felt electric all day today, partly because of the adrenalin from seeing Hubby win last night and partly because we’re going on our first ever overseas family holiday tonight!!

Baby Ayla was picking up on the good vibes and she was never far from the middle of the action, especially when the time came to pack!

Ayla started off curious about the suitcase but before long she worked out what I was doing and tried to help… By pulling everything out!

We eventually got our things ready and headed to the airport but by the time we boarded Ayla was tired, hungry and ready for bed.

It’s the first time I’ve flown with Ayla at night and Hubby’s first time flying with her at all, and I wasn’t sure how she’d go.

But the flight was nearly empty and we had two whole rows to ourselves so we were able to spread out and take turns between baby duty and napping.

Being a seasoned flier with six flights under her belt already, Ayla was really good and only had a few little cries that were appeased by “gas releases” and for the rest of the time she slept or played.

We arrived in Singapore at 9pm local time and after a bit of dinner we headed to the Transit Hotel within the Terminal for the night.

I must say I’m impressed!! The hotel is pretty flash; we have our own ensuite, TV and desk and the bed is massive!!

The cot they brought us for Ayla is even better than the one she has at home and if it wasn’t too late and we were too tired we might have even gone for a swim in the pool and checked out the gym!

Maybe next time, but for now… Zzzzzz!

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Winners!

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Saturday, 15 March 2014: Three Hundred and Forty Eight Days Old.

Our house is full of winners today!!

Hubby won his charity boxing fight, our babysitter won our trust and Baby Ayla won yet another gold star from her Mum and Dad.

It was fantastic to have a stress- free adult night out with our friends, even though it didn’t quite start out like that!

The babysitter turned up 5 mins early and we took her through Ayla’s dinner, her bedtime routine and most importantly, how to use the TV.

We all moved out the front to wait for a taxi we’d booked the day before but it never came.

As the clocked ticked closer and closer to the event starting time and Hubby got more and more anxious, we made nearly ten calls to the company who kept sending us new taxis, to no avail.

After half an hour of waiting we asked the babysitter to drive us and within seconds we were all bundled into my little hatch heading to the fight.

We arrived and jumped out of the car, gave Ayla a kiss and told her to be good then waved as the babysitter drove off in my car with our baby in the back!

I figured if I could do that then I had nothing much else to worry about for the night, and I was right!!

The babysitter text as soon she got back to our house, and then again when Ayla went to sleep around 8pm, just like normal.

Knowing that Ayla was safe at home, tucked up in bed, meant I was free to cheer Hubby on til I was hoarse!

We came home around 11.30pm and Ayla had just woken up. We found her cuddling into the babysitter on the couch, which meant we got to give her proper goodnight kisses and cuddles.

It was a great night.

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Open doors

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Friday, 14 March 2014: Three Hundred and Forty Seven Days Old.

Ayla has developed a love for doors… Opening them, shutting them and banging on them.

She’ll sit for ages pushing and pulling at a door, usually the one to our bedroom or the bathroom, and judging by the look on her face Ayla thinks she’s pretty clever!

So I guess it’s not surprising that 90% of the time Ayla’s spent playing with the little fort I bought her a few days ago has been dedicated to opening and shutting the front door!

Ayla also loves sitting in open doorways, as if she can’t decide between two worlds so settles for the best of both.

I love seeing Ayla sitting at the front door singing out to the birds, or playing at the back door smiling as the wind tickles her hair.

Ayla love of open doors means that our house is swarming with flies, the dog keeps sneaking inside and the air con has been working double-time, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.

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The babysitter

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Thursday, 13 March 2014: Three Hundred and Forty Six Days Old.

We met and decided on Ayla’s “official” baby sitter today.

Until now Ayla’s only ever been babysat three times, by friends and never at our house.

But this Saturday night Hubby is competing in a charity boxing event that Ayla can’t attend so it’ll be our first time leaving her at home with a near-stranger!

I spent the last couple of weeks talking to and researching all kids of sitters, from clubs to students, and had settled on a girl who was recommended by a friend of a friend who works in child protection.

But the day before yesterday our sitter cancelled and suggested I try a girl she knows in Year 12, but it just didn’t feel right and I wasn’t sure.

Then in a stroke of good luck my neighbour text me a photo of a flyer she’d found at the local shops for a nanny/babysitter with a long list of qualifications.

I called her up – Lori’s her name – and I explained we were first-timers and a little nervous.

Lori seemed lovely and she seemed to understand our concerns, so offered to come over to introduce herself and put our minds at ease.

So that’s what happened this afternoon and at ease we are.

Ayla and Lori got along great and Hubby and I clicked with her straight away.

It’s exciting to know that I’m now set for a fun night out on Saturday and hopefully I won’t worry too much about my baby girl… Goodness knows I’ll be worried enough about Hubby!

PS – if you think Ayla’s adorable please vote for her in the Bonds Babies Search, Australia’s biggest baby photo comp!

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