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Bless You!

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Thursday, 25 September 2014: One Year, One Hundred and Seventy Eight Days Old

Ayla has started saying “bless you!” and I’d completely forgotten to make mention here on the blog until today when I had a sneezing fit this morning.

I don’t know how Ayla picked it up – I guess from me saying “bless you” to her and “bless mummy” to myself when she or I have sneezed – but I hardly believed my ears last week when she proclaimed “bless you” to me!

I thought I may have misheard the first time but Ayla’s kept up her polite little blessing every time I or someone else has sneezed around her.

This morning Ayla dutifully said bless you after ever sneeze (and there was about five of them!) and her words were so clear it was a little unnerving!

I think it’s totally adorable though and it just goes to show how much Ayla understands about what’s going on around her. She’s such a clever little sausage…

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Clever Sausage

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014; One Year, One Hundred and Sixty One Days Old

Despite all her health issues, I am so undeiably and completely grateful Ayla is a happy, bright, clever little sausage.

Today, Ayla decided out of the blue that she could high-five herself. It came after she high-fived me, then high-fived my Mum, and of course becuase she didn’t want to miss out herself so Ayla held her left hand out flat in front of her then slapped down on it with her right.

Ayla also discovered that she can fit in the dolls pram I bought her the other day. This now means that Ayla’s refuses to allow anything else to sit in the pram except herself, and means I find myself hunched over, pushing her around the house for the half the day.

And, Ayla learned a new word; pretty. I put a headband on her this morning and told her to look in the mirror. She walked over to it, swayed and waved her hands and then said “pret-ty”. It was adorable.

Finally, and certainly not least. Ayla can now also pick out a picture in a book and say what it is. Particularly turtles. And dogs. Even if a new ad comes on TV with something Ayla knows how to say, she says it. Ayla’s vocabularly and comprehension is growing every minute and its completely amazing.

She’s such a clever sausage.

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2.38 seconds

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Saturday, 21 June 2014: One Year and Eighty Two Days Old.

Ayla learned to “cheers” tonight, and it took about 2.38 seconds.

It’s AMAZING how quickly Ayla learns.

It’s CRAZY how much Ayla understands.

I NEVER realised that such a tiny, innocent, vulnerable, beautiful little creature could look at something once, for the first time, and piece together it’s history, it’s purpose, it’s connotations and it’s value within seconds.

It’s like a couple of days ago when Ayla brought two different shoes to me and I asked her to go back and pick out the matching partner instead of odd sorts.

I didn’t even think Ayla would listen, let alone understand, but she toddled off back into her bedroom and emerged with the left pink sparkly sandal that matched the right I had in my hand.

So I suppose it isn’t surprising that when I clinked my glass to Ayla’s water bottle and said “cheers” Ayla repeated the action with words and all, straight away.

People say children are sponges but to me, “sponge”is an understatement and I don’t ever think I’ll be able to comprehend how amazing Ayla is.

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24 hours

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014: Two Hundred and Ninety Six Days Old.

Ayla is developing so fast! In just the last 24 hours alone she’s made so many new developments it’s hard to pick just one to blog about.

So I won’t.

Ayla officially crawled today. Not the strange bulldozing kind of crawl she’s been doing for the past week, but a proper crawl on her hands and knees.

Ayla didn’t crawl far mind you, probably just a couple of metres or so before collapsing on her belly, but she kept it up throughout the day which was enough for me to make a note of it in her baby book: First crawled… Wednesday 22 January 2014.

But then it was like there was no stopping her!

Every time I tried to put Ayla down for a nap she crawled around in her cot, grabbing at her toys and finding any distraction available to prevent sleep from happening.

It also only took a few attempts for Ayla to work out how to pull herself up to standing from all fours, and because her favourite place to do this is in her cot, now the bassinet insert has GOT to go.

I think the assortment of stuffed toys that have surrounded Ayla as she dreams since she was born are going to have to make themselves scarce pretty soon too.

It’s a shame, but during one attempted nap time routine today I poked my head in to see if Ayla was asleep and found her sitting upright with her toys surrounding her as if they were sharing a tea party!

I also saw Ayla push herself up into what looked like the downward dog yoga position this afternoon.

I nearly jumped out of my skin because it looked like Ayla was about to stand upright and walk off! Thankfully though, while I watched, Ayla sat her little bottom back down on the tiles and turned her attention to something else.

Ayla’s also making big developments in the pool. Although I don’t actually let her go, Ayla seems to have the basic motion of swimming sorted out, and she certainly has no fear of diving under the water…. Today she even seemed to deliberately hold her breath and stick her face in!

So as you can see, things are pretty full on here at the moment! I am excited, overwhelmed and a little anxious but I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring… I can almost see Ayla’s brain growing bigger and stronger every day, I just hope I can keep up!

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How much she knows

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Sunday, 30 November 2013: Two Hundred and Forty Three Days Old.

I am so amazed at how much Ayla knows!

We were outside with Houdi (aka The Dog) and Darla (Cat Cat) and I started asking Ayla where they were.

If I said “where’s Houdi” Ayla stared straight at him, and if I asked her where “Cat Cat” was Ayla looked around until she found her!

This went on for a dozen times or so until I was satisfied she wasn’t fluking it, but I still can’t really believe it.

Then later in the car I thought I’d test out the giddyup trick Ayla learned a few nights before on her rocking horse.

I asked “How do you make a horsey giddyup Ayla?” and she immediately made a clicking noise with her tongue.

I think Ayla was almost as happy with herself as I was!

Is that even possible, for a baby to know the difference between a dog and a cat, or for her to understand “giddyup”?!

Whether its possible or not, flukes or truths, I’m still so proud of my baby girl!