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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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“Ya ya ya”

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Sunday, 3 August 2014: One Year, One Hundred and Twenty Five Days Old.

Ayla’s learned to cover her ears and shout!

It’s hilarious. Ayla will suddenly slam both hands against each side of her head, cover her ears and yell “ya ya ya” before cracking up into a giggle.

I have no idea where she learned it, maybe from wearing ear muffs while we using power tools on our renovations, but this morning Ayla did it out of the blue.

Ayla’s had a bit of an ear thing going for a while now.

A few months ago I noticed her pinching the tops of her ears with her fingers so I went in to give them a rub for her.

Just like The Dog does, Ayla’s head melted into my hand, her eyes rolled back in her head and she let out a soft groan.

Ever since then I’ve notice Ayla pinch at her ears when she’s tired, upset or a bit out of sorts, and if she’s in need of a little settling I’ll rub her ears for her.

But the comfort Ayla gets from that was nothing like the laughs she got from hearing her voice change when she covered her ears the morning, then again tonight at tea.

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Ayla’s words

Friday, 1 August 2014: One Year and Four Months Old.

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Ayla turned 16 months old today and I thought I’d celebrate by listing all the words she can say.

Apparently, a 16 month old child should be able to say approximately seven words… Ayla says 37.

What is most amazing is that Ayla doesn’t just parrot words she hears, Ayla actually uses these 37 appropriately.

If I was to count all the words Aylw parrots, and all the words and phrases Ayla understands I’d be here until next week, hence why I only chose to record the words she actually uses.

And here they are;

Mum/Mumma
Dad/Dadda
More
Oops
Shoes
Dog
Cat cat
Hello
Bye
Bubba
Ball
Hat
Cheers
Fish
Boos boos (with punching action)
I want (that)
What’s that?
Look
Yum
‘Tana (sultana)
‘Nana (banana)
Water
Bottle
No
Yes
Snacks
Book
Bubble
Yay
Shh (with actions)
Up
Down
Shower
Go (ready, set…)
Wow
Dress
Please

Clever little sausage!

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Unbelievable

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Monday, 14 July 2014: One Year and Fifteen Weeks Old.

Ayla has learned how to take her own nappy off…. It’s chaos.

Hubby and I were rushing to get out the door for a surprise dinner he’d arranged for our wedding anniversary, and Ayla was not interested in cooperating.

After getting out of the shower Ayla decided she’d have some no-nappy time, even though I’d decided she needed clothes on for when the baby sitter arrived.

Ayla’s never been interested in change times, taking great pleasure in kicking and yelling at me, and tonight was no exception.

The only difference was that after the battle when Ayla was back on her feet toddling around, she trumped me by swiftly undoing and taking off her nappy, stuffing it in a bucket, covering it with a toy as hiding it in the corner… Unbelievable!

Without time to argue I grabbed another nappy and put it on Ayla while she was standing, then promptly (and successfully) distracted her with food.

NOTE: this photo is of Ayla SLEEPING on the change table. She didn’t fall asleep there, but she stayed asleep while I changed her!!

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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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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!