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A medal

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Saturday, 8 February 2014; Three Hundred and Thirteen Days Old.

All things considered, Ayla was a dream on our journey back home today.

Thankfully Ayla had somehow managed to sleep in two five hour stints last night, she even got in a 30 minute morning nap as well, so I took comfort in the fact I wasn’t boarding the plane with an overtired baby.

Just a teething, hyperactive, hungry one.

Ayla is still refusing to eat food and I’m worried I don’t have the milk she needs to keep her full and happy. I’m starting to think that might be why Ayla seems constantly on the go lately… I know that when I’m hungry I certainly can’t relax!

On the other hand, and most likely, it’s probably teething. `Ayla’s top gum is riddled with lumps and bumps and I’m pretty sure I can see four definite teeth trying to push through.

If I’m right, and Ayla has four li’l toofie-pegs coming through at once I owe the girl a medal, not a rousing!

Whatever it is though, Ayla was generally happy on the plane. I was grateful for two air hostesses with a passion for cute babies who happily held and played with Ayla during the journey, and I was grateful to a grandma from Jabiru who was next to me. Oh! And I am eternally grateful for having a spare seat in our row!

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“Awesome Traveler”

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Thursday, 7 November 2013: Two Hundred and Twenty Days Old.

Ayla had her “awesome traveler” status upgraded today, and she deserved it!

At the end of our four hour flight a man who was two rows back from us said to me “Oh wow; a baby! I didn’t even know she was here!”

How on earth did I get so lucky? Ayla is such an easy kid and even after a measly 40 minute nap she was still easy to entertain during the rest of the four hour flight.

I’d heard people say that babies become worse travellers the older they get, but Ayla didn’t cry, whinge or carry on once.

There were even times when Ayla sat happily playing herself in the spare seat next to me, and she also made great friends with the lady across the aisle.

I think the down time even gave Ayla a chance to perfect a couple of new skills, because by the end of the flight she was blowing raspberries like a champ and waving at anyone who looked at her.

I feel like a bragger but she really was awesome! I’m so proud!

PS – I had Ayla in disposable nappies for the flight, which I changed every hour. It didn’t seem to impact the rash too much so I’m going to start slowly introducing/trialling nappies again.