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Ayla, a Pram and a 45kg Dog

Monday, 6 May 2013: Five Weeks Old.

I upgraded myself to “legendary” today, after I managed to fit myself, Ayla, a pram and our 45kg Dog into my tiny Hyundai.

It’s amazing the ingenuity you can find when the dreaded “motherhood cabin fever” sets in.

And it’s amazing how proficient you get at cramming the countless baby-related items you need to take with you into deceptively small spaces… like a car, or a handbag.

The brain strain was worth it though; it meant the three of us got a couple of hours out of the house, enjoying the cool sea air and gorgeous views by the foreshore.

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Angel Baby

Sunday, 5 May 2013: Thirty-Four Days Old.

Today Ayla proved what and angel baby she really is.

I took her with me to cheer on a friend at a body building event and she was completely calm and relaxed the whole time.

I was cheering, whistling and yelling along with the rest of the crowd and Ayla slept peacefully in my arms, like a little angel.

I don’t know if it’s because she’s still so young, or if it’s because we’re casual and relaxed as parents, but either way it’s such a pleasure to have her in our lives.

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Seabreeze

Saturday, 4 May 2013: Thirty-Three Days Old.

We had our first proper family day out today, when we went to the Seabreeze Festival.

While we’ve been out as a family plenty of times, mainly to run errands or visit friends, this was the first time we got out and about at an event.

Before Ayla, the Seabreeze Festival was kinda cool, but would have been better with a beer…

Now it was kind of exciting and completely fulfilling – I almost can’t wait for Ayla to be a little older so we can go in the sandcastle making competition!

In other news – Ayla had her first swim in the pool today! She’s not really keen on having a bath so we didn’t know how she’d go, but she really seemed to like floating around in our arms 🙂

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Attention, Please!

Monday, 1 May 2013: Thirty Days Old.

Building on our revelation about bright colours and fun sounds, Ayla now seems to be crying for our attention.

I was warned that this might happen at the four week mark and I was told its because Ayla’s realised she’s out of the womb now and is craving human contact for comfort.

I think it’s also because her brain is growing so quickly she wants to spend her awake time learning about the world around her.

It’s a bit of a challenge to find a balance though… We want to pick her up and play with her when she’s awake but we don’t want to create a habit where we pick her up every time she cries. But then again hearing her cry and knowing we can do something about it is heartbreaking and picking her up makes her instantly quiet!

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Territory Baby

Tuesday, 30 April 2013: Twenty-Nine Days Old.

I don’t know if there’s rules around taking a newborn out on a boat, but considering Ayla’s a Territory baby we thought it’d be a great way to celebrate her one-month birthday.

Plus, Hubby’s been itching to take her out on the water since about 4.04am on Monday 1 April!

Ayla did us proud. She was fantastic and happily slept away in our arms or in her bouncer which we set up in poll position in the boat.

Ayla wore her cute little hat like a champ and the fresh morning sea breeze kept her cool.

And, it turns out she takes after Mummy when it comes to sea-legs… Not a single sign of sea sickness!

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Bright Colours

Monday, 28 April 2013: Four Weeks Old.

Ayla’s beginning to react to bright colours and new sounds.

Yesterday I caught her staring at a Bugs Bunny cartoon on TV and today she was in awe of the colourful squeaky toys we put in front of her.

While I’m still so in love with little tiny baby Ayla, I’m super excited to see her grow… I can hardly wait for her first smile and her first laugh, to see her play with her toys, and to watch her turn toward me when I call her name.

In other news… the midwife visited today and Ayla’s all on track; she’s now 3.58kg and 52cm (she was 2.89kg and 47cm at birth).

Also, I got a good nights sleep last night so I’m feeling much better, but I still only managed a 30 min nap this arvo before mummy-duty called!

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Tired

Sunday, 28 April 2013: Twenty-Seven Days Old.

Never in my life have I been as tired as I have been in the last 24 hours.

I think all the activity of the last few days has finally caught up with me; BBQ on Thurs, Ayla’s blessing on Fri, then yesterday we went out for lunch and I went for a walk in the evening.

Ayla’s sleeping fine through the night, but the whole “sleep when baby sleeps” thing during the day sounds easier than it is!

Because I want to spend as much time as possible with Ayla when she’s awake, I’ve been waiting until she sleeps before I feed myself, have a shower or do the things I need to do around the house.

But now, I’ve got myself so exhausted and over tired that even when I try to nap my mind won’t switch off and my eyes won’t say shut!

Finger crossed for a dream-filled night tonight! Zzzzzzzzzzz

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Yummy Mummy

Saturday, 27 April 2013: Twenty-Six Days Old.

Today I took my first steps (literally) toward becoming a yummy mummy.

But despite what some might think, my motivation does not stem from a dislike of my post-baby body.

In fact I actually like my jelly belly… It shows I created new life and have now entered a new phase of my own, and I’m proud to say I think I’ve done a pretty good job of both. So far.

Today’s (very light) exercise was more about doing something for me -giving myself a reward for bringing Ayla into the world – and it felt great!

PS – Ayla and The Dog loved it too 🙂