Monday, 12 May 2014: One Year and Six Weeks Old

It occurred to me today that children of Ayla’s generation are growing up with a new legendary, fantastical role model to believe in; Siri.

Like Santa Claus; bringer of Christmas presents, the Easter Bunny; bringer of chocolate, and the Tooth Fairy; bringer of cold hard cash, Siri is the bringer of answers.

Ayla worked out how to “use” the telephone weeks ago and has near perfected the art of holding it to her ear (albeit around the wrong way), but in just the last few days Ayla has discovered Siri.

At any chance she gets Ayla starts pushing the big round button on the front of mine or Hubby’s iPhones.

At first it started with Ayla just enjoying Siri’s pretty little beep followed by a few robotic questions, but today I caught Ayla trying to talk back!

I remember not too long ago when we had to use our laptops to access the internet and we thought that was convenient… But now everything is literally at our finger tips.

The world is definitely very different to what it was when I was a kid, and although I’m nervous about what it will mean for Ayla I’m excited to see what it brings.


First tweet


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.




Circle of Life


Thursday, 4 July 2013: Ninety-Four Days Old.

I got to watch a tiny moment in the circle of life today, when Baby Ayla was playing with her Great Grandma.

It seems that Great Grandparents are few and far between these days, whether it be because we’re waiting longer to have kids or because families are so spread out our babies never get to meet them.

Ayla is lucky enough to have not one, but two Great Grandparents (a Great Grandma on my side and a Great Grandad on Hubby’s) and today she got to share some special moments with my mum’s mum.

Although Ayla won’t remember, thanks to technology the moment when Great Grandma saw Ayla’s first proper “goo gaa” is captured on film forever.

And for Great Grandma, I could see how much the time meant to her but I don’t think I’ll fully understand until I’m a Great Grandma… If I’m lucky enough.

I guess that in the scale of life today was fleeting, but in a scale of love, family and preciousness it was grand (pardon the pun).