Saturday, 20 September 2014: One Year, One Hundred and Seventy Two Days Old
I caught Ayla giving herself dizzy whizzies today!
I was in the kitchen doing something or other and I looked over to Ayla who was hanging out in her little play area. Ayla had her head down and was walking around in a tight little circle, almost spinning on the spot.
I couldn’t work out what she was doing at first and of course my mind instantly went into panic but I stood and watched for a few moments until Ayla stopped spinning. She then stood still and stared at the ground about a foot in front of her before her eyes suddenly went wide eyed and her eyebrows raised in a look that said “woooaaaahhhh!”.
Ayla then went to take a step but decided against it, bringing her little feet back together with a little wobble. It was only then that I realised Ayla had simply made herself dizzy!
I have no idea if Ayla discovered how it by accident or if she purposely knew what she was in for as she spun herself around on the spot, but when I laughed Ayla looked up and chuckled with a cheeky grin on her face.
Monday, 14 July 2014: One Year and Fifteen Weeks Old.
Ayla has learned how to take her own nappy off…. It’s chaos.
Hubby and I were rushing to get out the door for a surprise dinner he’d arranged for our wedding anniversary, and Ayla was not interested in cooperating.
After getting out of the shower Ayla decided she’d have some no-nappy time, even though I’d decided she needed clothes on for when the baby sitter arrived.
Ayla’s never been interested in change times, taking great pleasure in kicking and yelling at me, and tonight was no exception.
The only difference was that after the battle when Ayla was back on her feet toddling around, she trumped me by swiftly undoing and taking off her nappy, stuffing it in a bucket, covering it with a toy as hiding it in the corner… Unbelievable!
Without time to argue I grabbed another nappy and put it on Ayla while she was standing, then promptly (and successfully) distracted her with food.
NOTE: this photo is of Ayla SLEEPING on the change table. She didn’t fall asleep there, but she stayed asleep while I changed her!!
Saturday, 12 April 2014: One Year, One Week and Four Days Old.
Ayla has perfected a new kind of smile!
Until recently Ayla had only one smile, the “full-on, wide-mouthed toothy grin” that she flashed at every opportunity.
Now however Ayla has a new smile, which I refer to as her “sly” cheeky smile.
This new smile has added a whole new dimension to Ayla’s personality, and I can see I’m going to have my work cut out for me with not one, but TWO cheeky jokers in the house.
The new smile goes like this;
Ayla presses her lips together and lets them curl up ever so slightly at the edges so that sometimes it looks a little bit lopsided.
Then Ayla tilts her head down and away, glancing back with her eyes as if what I’m doing is funny but too dorky for her to smile at!
It actually makes me feel embarrassed and gets a laugh every time… How can a one year old know about sarcasm!
I almost expect Ayla to roll her eyes and say “ohhhh Muummmm!” with a subtle chuckle, but I guess there’s still plenty of time for that!
Monday, 3 March 2014: Forty Eight Weeks Old.
Food colouring isn’t bad for kids… is it?
A friend of mine told me a few weeks ago that I should colour some bits of dried macaroni pasta with food dye so that Ayla can play with different colours which is apparently good for her development.
I was feeling crafty a couple of days ago and made up four colours of pasta, but I quickly realised that Ayla would simply eat the pasta and that the food dye ran very quickly after being in her slobbery gob.
So I packaged it up and made a colourful rattle instead, which has worked just fine considering Ayla loves anything even half musical.
But today Ayla somehow discovered a rogue piece of pasta and she made a right mess of it… and herself!
I had been busy on the computer, and when I turned around I could see blue dye all over the tiles, the toys and all over Ayla.
Ayla was stoked! She could see that her hands, feet and tummy had turned blue and thought it was a great game, then when I took her to the bathroom to try and wash it off Ayla caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror and started giggling.
I scrubbed for a bit and removed some of the excess dye but Ayla’s porcelain skin still has a delicate tinge of blue, but hopefully not for long!
Friday, 6 December; Two Hundred and Forty Nine Days Old.
Ayla’s definitely got the “clicking-with-her-tongue” thing sorted; its her new favourite trick!
Instead of only clicking to “giddyup” a horsey, Ayla now starts clicking her tongue any time, any place, just for fun.
Like last night on our way to Bootcamp, Ayla sat calmly in her car seat and clicked the whole way there. Then she did the same thing on the way back!
And I awoke this morning to a strange noise coming through the baby monitor…
That’s right! Ayla must have woken up, remembered the new trick, and wasted no time in getting in some extra clicking practice!
I think it’s super cute and it cracks me up every time.
Not just because it’s adorable, but because when Ayla does it she manages look so proud and cheeky at the same time!
Thursday, 22 August 2013: One Hundred and Forty Four Days Old
Ayla is cheeky! So very very cheeky.
She’s recently started a new game where she stares at me with big burning eyes until I look at her.
Then, as soon as our eyes lock, Ayla gives a me big gummy grin then quickly looks the other way.
Ayla’s favourite time to play this game seems to be at night when she’s feeding.
I don’t know how long she lies there staring up at me before I notice she’s not drinking, but for a baby it must feel like eternity…The girls got patience that’s for sure!
But today was the funniest yet, when Ayla was sitting on my lap and I had my head turned talking to Hubby.
I glanced back at the TV for a second and got the fright of my life! Ayla’s whole head was turned around like the exorcist and she was staring at me without moving a muscle.
Her face must have been only centimetres from mine and when I jumped she simply shone her cheeky grin before swiftly turning back to the tellie.