Saturday, 18 January 2014: Two Hundred and Ninety Two Days Old.
One of my very best friends welcomed her first baby into the world today; a baby girl beautifully named Evelyn Lark.
Although they live quite literally at the other end of the country, I felt as if I was in the room with them when I heard the news this morning.
It brought back all the wonder, awe, passion and overwhelming love I felt when I first held my Baby Ayla nine and a half months ago; a feeling so unique and all encompassing, and one I never new existed until that day.
I am so excited for my friends and I can’t wait to meet Baby Evelyn.
I also can’t wait to share motherhood with one of my besties.
And, I’m looking forward to being reminded of the early days of Ayla, which already seem so long ago, and listening to the tales of my friends own unique journey into mummyhood.
Sunday, 12 January 2013: Two Hundred and Eighty Six Days Old.
Ayla and I had a lovely morning today, hanging out like a couple of best friends with not a care in the world.
Hubby had left early to go fishing, so when Ayla and I woke up we had the house to ourselves and a good few hours to fill in.
I had a craving for crepes and before I could think twice and talk myself out of it I dressed Ayla in one of her Christmas dresses from Grandad and we set off for the markets.
The markets were no where near as busy as usual so Ayla and I were able to kick back untroubled in the shade with a coffee and our breakfasts and watch the world go by.
When we got home I was keen to pot a new plant I’d bought (my first ever self-purchased market plant!) and Ayla was keen to finish off her prawn toast!
While I pottered around in the garden Ayla played happily by my side, sharing her toast with The Dog, inspecting fallen sticks, and munching on dead leaves until she was covered from head to toe in dirt, dust and sesame seeds.
The day was starting to heat up so to cool Ayla off and clean her up I set up her baby bath under the patio and let her splash and play for nearly an hour while I relaxed beside her and read the paper; it was relaxing, wholesome and fulfilling, and something I haven’t done in a very long time.