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Where’s Spot?

Hubby captured this video last night as I was reading to Ayla during her evening “quiet time”.

I can’t help but smile every time I watch it back; I knew Ayla loved books but its so cute to see how enthralled she is at every page.

It also amazes me how Ayla can already lift the flaps in her Spot books, because each flap opens in a different direction…. Smart li’l cookie!

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Story time

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013: Two Hundred and Thirty Three Days Old.

I took Ayla to story time at the library for the first time today, and I think we’re hooked!

We both had so much fun; the place was filled with babies and mums and toys, and the session was full of stories and songs.

I think Ayla loved the other, bigger, kids the most though.

Ayla’s little friend Harper and Baby Coops were with us, but Ayla was just as excited to make new friends with other kids too.

She kept wanting to stand and for me to help her walk off to play with the two 16 months old toddlers (Max & Isla) nearby.

It meant I was following Ayla around on my knees, her tiny hands virtually glued to my fingers, but it was great fun.

I can’t wait til next week when Daddy can come too!

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Family is family

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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.

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Story time

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013: Ninety-Two Days Old.

Ayla’s new favourite thing seems to be story time.

She’s completely mesmerised by books; she loves the pictures, the words, the way the story sounds and when it’s time to turn the page.

I’ve always known its important to read to babies from an early age, but I didn’t realise they could enjoy it so much, so soon!

Even today, when we were out and about, she started to get bored and a little bit grizzly.

So, into a book shop we went and voila! Mesmerised baby.