Eat and sleep


Wednesday, 6 November 2013: Two Hundred and Nineteen Days Old.

I think Baby Ayla is going through another growth spurt because all she’s done today is eat and sleep.

It’s actually worked out pretty well for me though because I’ve been running around the house getting ready for our interstate trip tomorrow and Sleeping Ayla is very low maintenance compared to Awake Ayla.

Ayla’s probably due for a growth spurt to..

At seven and a bit months old Ayla still hasn’t cracked the eight kilo mark and she’s still wearing size 000 clothes (except on the bottom though where her chubby legs call for a size 0!)

She’s healthy and growing well, loves her milk and is slowing learning to eat food instead of play with it, but its like her body needs to catch up to her mind.

Ayla is so smart! I know everyone says that about their kids, but Ayla knows exactly what’s going on and what it means for her.

Not a day goes by that I don’t find myself shocked by her cheekiness or her cleverness and I can see she’s right on the cusp of becoming a walking, talking cuteness machine!


So big!



Friday, 4 October 2013: One Hundred and Eighty Four Days Old.

Ayla’s grown so big!

It hit me like a tonne if bricks today when I peered in to see her sleeping in her bassinet at our unit.

She’s huge!

I remember when Ayla didn’t even stretch half the length of that bassinet, and now she’s hanging out of it!

I also realised how much hair Ayla had six months ago!

She had a full head of dark brown locks when she was born, and now she’s blonde with that silly tuft at the front and a back-fringe at the base of her neck.

It’s amazing how easily you can miss those little details, and maybe by seeing photos of Ayla every day on this blog you might have missed them too!

So here’s a couple of flashbacks;

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Portfolio of Life


Monday, 1 July 2013: Three Months Old.

Today, like every day, I watched Ayla absorb the world around her – sights, sounds, smells, touch – like her senses were building a portfolio of life and storing it away for her future.

Ayla’s learning faces, voices and types of cuddles. She’s learning what she wants and she’s learning how to ask for it. She’s learning the difference between inside and outside, the car and the pram, bedtime and morning.

It’s amazing, watching her fascination with things that to us are so common, insignificant and undervalued.

I wonder if, for her, its like waking up in a new fairy tale every morning, so full of wonder and beauty. And I’m curious to know when (and why) we stop seeing the world that way.




Wednesday, 26 June 2013: Eighty-Six Days Old
It is so exciting to watch as Ayla grows stronger and smarter every day.

There’s times when I can literally SEE her thinking, and I’d give anything to know what’s going on inside her head.

And then there’s the times where she surprises herself, as well as me, with how strong she has become.

Just today she was able to lift her head and push her body up from lying flat on her belly, and she purposefully reached out and grabbed a stuffed toy dog by its ear with one hand and its nose with the other.

It made me realise how much I’m missing Hubby, and how much I wish he wasn’t missing these tiny little developments.

Thank goodness for iPhones.



Monday, 27 May 2013: Eight Weeks Old.

When Ayla woke up this morning she looked different… older. And as the day went on I noticed she was acting older too.

Her neck is stronger, she’s started grabbing at her hands and she’s blowing bubbles.

It’s also obvious that Ayla is ticklish. Very ticklish. Her belly, underarms, feet; everywhere seems to tickle!

Ayla also spent hours smiling and laughing at her toys and by the end of the day she’d worked out that wiggling like a worm-possessed made them shake!


Getting Bigger

Sunday, 19 May 2013: Forty-Eight Days Old.

Our little girl is getting bigger!

Ayla’s outgrown her 0000 wonder suits; her feet are too long and she can’t straighten her legs.

When did this happen?! They fit her yesterday…..!


Growth Spurt

Tuesday, 23 April 2013: Twenty-Two Days Old.

I think Ayla is having a growth spurt.

Not only does she look visibly better, she’s like a bagless, bottomless vacuum when it comes to food.

Until yesterday, Ayla’s average feed has been about 6 or 7 minutes long and she’s been sleeping for 2 – 2.5 hours at a time.

TODAY, she’s feeding for at least 10 mins (one feed went for 30mins!!) and she’s easily sleeping one hour longer.

But, as much as the thought of her growing makes my heart race in fear, we visited a baby shop today where I found myself drooling over gorgeous doll houses, pretty dresses and adorable carousel music boxes.