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Oops

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Friday, 30 April 2014: One Year and Sixty One Days Old.

Ayla learned how to say “oops” today… “Oops” and “banana.

While Ayla understands the meaning of “oops” and uses it when necessary, because it also doubles as a very fun word to say she’s sound like a broken record.

“Oops” is ringing in my ears at the moment but I love it; Ayla is so proud of her new word and it gets such a great reaction from Hubby and I that I totally understand its overuse.

What cracked me up the most today though was when Ayla purposefully dropped her cup just so she could say “oops”, shrug and show the palms of her hands.

Gosh she’s the cutest kid ever! Lol.

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New words

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Monday, 26 May 2014: One Year and Eight Weeks Old.

Ayla’s learned heaps of new words lately!

She says “bottle” and “water” and of course “water bottle”.

Ayla also says “biscuit” and “chippie” and “shhh”.

These words of course go with yum, mum, dad, dog, cat cat, grandma, grandad and bubba.

I think I even heard Ayla say “Ayla” today, but there’s countless words like that every day!

Ayla’s still not at the stage of saying a words when I ask her to, but she’s definitely building a good vocabulary!

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Yum!

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Monday, 10 March 2014: Forty Nine Weeks Old.

Ayla says “yum!”

For the past few days I’ve suspected that’s what she’s been saying (Ayla’s “yum” sounds very similar to her “mum”) but now I’m sure of it.

Ayla’s been saying “yum” whenever she eats something she likes, such as grapes, biscuits, choc chip pancakes, yoghurt and kiwi fruit.

Ayla was munching away on a yoghurt sucker thing this morning when I heard her say “yum”; the word was so distinct that it made me think there was a big kid in the room!

That’s been happening a lot lately. I’ll be busy doing something and then I’ll hear Ayla say something so clearly it shocks me and for a second I find myself thinking “who said that?”

Like a couple of days ago when I was changing Ayla’s nappy and I asked her if she was a good girl. Ayla clearly, distinctly and without question replied “good girl”…. I nearly fell off my branch.

Ayla has also said “hello” a few times, and she’s started saying what I think is “wow” sometimes.

As for “Cat Cat” and “dog” I’m pretty certain Ayla’s saying those words too. Well, “Cat Cat” sounds more like a high-pitched bird squeal (“Kae-Kae”) but she definitely applies it at the right moments so I’ll give it to her 😉

PS – if you haven’t already, please vote Ayla as the cutest baby in Australia and help her win a People’s Choice Award in the Bonds Australia Baby Photo Comp…. Thanks in advance! Click here to vote

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Pointer

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Thursday, 27 February 2014: Three Hundred and Thirty Two Days Old.

Ayla has just started pointing at things with her index finger.

No scrap that, Ayla’s has just started pointing at everything with her index finger.

Up until now Ayla’s shown an interest in things by using her whole hand and arm in a sweeping motion, similar to what you’d expect from a 15th century thespian reciting a monologue to his imaginary kingdom.

It was cute because it was as if the whole world was amazing to Ayla, and everything about a situation or environment was wonderful.

Ayla also used to compliment her sweeping point with a “buh” sound, kind of like “book” but without the “k”… I thought she might have been trying to say look!

But over the last 24 hours Ayla’s taken pointing to a whole new level.

She now uses her only her index finger to point, and instead of showing wonder in the bigger picture Ayla now singles out one small aspect of what’s before her.

Ayla has also introduced new sounds to her pointing, using any one of the many choices in her vocabulary that include mah, bah, kae, da, duh and ah instead of the obligatory “buh”.

It’s still cute but much more grown up, and I can see it won’t be long before Ayla and I are having full blown conversations.

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Words

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Saturday, 2 November 2013; Two Hundred and Fifteen Days Old.

The little noises, screeches and sounds Ayla has been making are becoming more and more like words.

Sometimes it’s easy to think Ayla’s even blurted out a full sentence, and I swear I heard her say “I love you” the other day!

And now when she “talks” Ayla stares at me so intently it’s like we’re the only two people left in the world and she’s telling me important details on how we’re going to survive.

Even the neighbours commented about it! They asked if Ayla was talking yet because they thought they heard her calling out “Dad! Dad!” the other day… Which they probably did.

While Dad-dad and Mum-mum are still Ayla’s most preferred words, she’s been throwing in blub’s, bler’s and rar’s whenever she can.

What’s so amazing to me is that Ayla seems to know exactly what she’s saying.

To us it sounds like baby talk, but when I play back a video of Ayla talking and let her watch it, she gets so excited and proud of her efforts you’d think she’d just given a valedictory speech.

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First tweet

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013: One Hundred and Ninety Days Old.

Ayla sent her first tweet today.

She didn’t mean to of course, but she’s so fascinated with my phone that she’ll grab it at any chance she gets!

I always said I’d never use technology to entertain my babies, but I’m learning that its less a matter of choice and more an unavoidable part of modern childhood.

In the early days of Ayla I was vigilant in keeping my phone out of sight, but as Ayla grew so did her neck muscles and she began actively searching for the bright little screen in my right hand.

Now at six months old Ayla can not only hold my iPhone, she knows which side to put her fingers on to make the colours move.

Hence, the tweet.

It’s a cute little milestone but one that’s surprisingly missing from my baby books…

Get with the times publishers! First words are old school… First FB statuses are much more relevant.

*L.O.L*

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“Mum mum”

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013: One Hundred and Sixty Nine Days Old.

Ayla’s been practicing her sounds for a while now, but today she actually saying “mum mum”!

I’m convinced its no coincidence…

Ayla only ever calls out “mum mum” when I’m not with her, and she’s never said it when she’s in my arm or by my side..

Can it be?!
Is my baby girl starting to talk? Surely babies walk before they talk!?

But maybe “mum mum” and “dad dad” come long before the other words in a babies vocabulary.

After all Hubby and I provide everything Ayla needs, so it makes sense that we’d be the only words she says for a while yet.

So I wonder… what will Ayla’s first word be?

I’m putting my money on “cat cat”, and Hubby’s tipping “fish”. What do you think? What was your babies first word?

Whatever it is, it’ll still be a while before Ayla’s telling people she wants to be an “archaeological palaeontologist” when she grows up (I didn’t say it ’til I was nearly 3 ;-))