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Bulldozer

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Sunday, 19 January 2014: Two Hundred and Ninety Three Days Old.

Ayla is so close to crawling!

She’s so close in fact, that I can no longer claim Ayla to be “non-mobile” because she’s now clearly managing to get to places she shouldn’t be, and grab hold of things she shouldn’t get.

I’m not sure if maybe it’s the freedom of her walker that’s driven Ayla to find new ways of adventuring, or if it’s just a natural progression spurred on by nothing more than time, but if I were to make the call I’d say that Ayla will be completely, and unassistedly, on the go within a fortnight.

At the moment Ayla’s crawl is more like bulldozing; instead of using her knees Ayla digs in her toes and stiffens her legs with such force that her arms collapse and she face plants, like a bulldozer bucket driving into the dirt.

But after each face plant Ayla pushes herself back up onto her hands and knees and repeats the process, over and over like an awkward uncoordinated caterpillar.

Although Ayla’s newfound way of traveling takes lots of time and plenty of effort, she has been managing to travel fair distances before succeeding, or surrendering, in her journey.

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Energizer Bunny

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Monday, 2 December 2013: Thirty Five Weeks Old.

Baby Ayla is like the Energizer Bunny; she just keeps going and going!

Her current routine is to sleep for 12 hours at night (waking up once for a feed), stay up for 1.5 – 2 hours in the morning then nap for another two.

But from then on its pretty much non-stop action until bedtime.

Sometimes I can feel in Ayla’s muscles that she just wants to get up run… She has so much energy and so much curiosity that I think she’ll be one of those kids who needs an “OFF” button.

Boredom seems to creep in quickly for Ayla and she is constantly on the go; always looking for new activities and new things to learn. It’s FULL ON.

If we’re at home and having a very average day Ayla might go down for an afternoon nap, but on days like today when Ayla’s Uncle Buck came to stay, nap time was a 30 minute rest and bedtime was late!

It was just too exciting for her, to have someone new in the house, and Ayla didn’t want to miss a second.

It’s cute and exciting and it makes me think I have a pretty smart and special kid, but I can only imagine what life will be like when Ayla CAN run… I think maybe we should start her at meditation classes now.