Tuesday, 6 May 2014; One Year and Thirty Six Days Old.
Ayla seemed excited to go to school this morning, and when I handed her over to one of the day care mums there was not a tear in sight.
But it was when I picked Ayla up that I noticed a real difference; it was like my baby girl had grown years in just a few hours.
Ayla was happy to see me of course, but this afternoon her happiness seemed driven by a holistic, contented, mature kind of confidence rather than “oh my goodness I’m so glad you came back for me!”
I could see it in her face and feel it in her body, hear it in her voice and know it from the way she was excited to point things out that she’s been doing that day.
Ayla showed me some toys, her water bottle and introduced me to a friend before deciding she was ready to start blowing kisses and waving goodbye.
Then while we were driving home Ayla went into a big long story of baby talk, assumably telling me about her day, but best of all was when Ayla started laughing for what seemed like no reason at all!
Maybe she was laughing at her own joke, laughing at a funny memory from the day or laughing at something she saw out her window, but whatever it was that made her giggle, my heart melted to see her so happy.
We tried to capture one of Ayla’s over-excited belly-bashing routines, but instead got this hilarious screeching gig, coupled with a bit of head-banging!
I just remembered this video from the weekend (before we were both sick)!
We were grocery shopping and Ayla got the giggles whenever I put something in the trolley and looked at her.
A cute game of supermarket peekaboo ensued… It’s amazing how little you care what other people think when you’re being silly for your baby!
*** apologies for the crappy sound! Make sure your volume’s up and there’s no background noise nearby!***
Finally caught on camera, after weeks of missing the moment, I give you….
Baby Ayla laughing!!
I hope it brightens up your day as much as it does mine.
Saturday, 10 August 2013: One Hundred and Thirty One Days Old.
Ayla had her first proper game of peekaboo today and it had her in stitches!
Ayla laughs like a little old man. Her face nearly splits in two with a massive smile and she makes a hearty “hah – hah” noise that has her shoulders shrugging up and down with each “hah”.
So today, when Hubby started playing peekaboo with a towel all three of us ended up laughing; Ayla at the game, and Hubby and I at her laugh.
I just wanted to eat her!
It amazes me every day how the simplest of activities are so incredible to Ayla and peekaboo was no exception.