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Ball skills

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014: One Year and Fifty Days Old.

Ayla might not be able to walk properly yet, but she knows how to kick a ball!

I don’t know where Ayla learned to kick except from maybe watching a bit of AFL on TV, but today Ayla proved to Hubby and I that she certainly has hand eye coordination.

The ball kicking goes with Ayla’s ability to throw a ball, over arm, in any direction she chooses; both being skills that apparently only 50% of children have mastered by the time they reach 21 months!!

Does this mean Ayla’s gifted? Or is it just one of those skills she developed ahead of average time frames.

Not surprisingly, Hubby is ecstatic. As a natural, ambidextrous sports person he can hardly wait to play a bit of touch footy with Ayla in the back yard.

While that will have to wait until Ayla walks, and then runs, for now we’ll have to be content to bask in her greatness and nurture her (potential) talent!

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Surprise

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Tuesday, 14 August 2013: One Hundred and Thirty Three Days Old

Although Ayla surprises me every day some days I manage to surprise myself and today was no exception.

Hubby and I are renovating at home and today we were pouring concrete for our new carport.

Before I knew it, and without even realising, I was holding string line, painting poles and taking heights all with Baby Ayla in my arms.

Then later managed to (somehow) make bacon and egg sandwiches for the boys, which involved buttering toast and flipping eggs, again with Ayla on my hip.

I’m putting these newfound one-handed skills down to two things;

1) Ayla can now sit on my hip and happily hold on, which means carrying her is much easier and less scary than it was in the early days.

2) Ayla loves watching what’s going on and she loves learning new things. So while I’m carrying her around the house I make a point if telling her what I’m doing, counting out loud and explaining things so that simple tasks end up like games crossed with story time.

As a result, it seems that no matter how boring the household chore is Ayla loves it when I’m carry her around.