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.
Friday, 18April 2014: One Year, Two Weeks and Three Days Old
Ayla has started grinding her teeth together!
It’s horrific; like scraping fingernails along a black board, which ironically is a sound Ayla will probably never hear or understand.
And even though Ayla looks damn cute when she juts out her bottom jaw and gnashes her four front (and only) teeth together, I just can’t stand it.
I think the grinding is a cruel product of learning to brush her teeth because at this stage (thankfully!) Ayla only seems to grind when she sees her toothbrush or we talk about brushing them.
I have been trying not to make a fuss hoping desperately she’ll forget how to do it soon, but for now its goosebumps all round.
Friday, 17 January 2014: Two Hundred and Ninety Two Days Old.
I took Ayla to her first music class today; a special program designed to help babies develop a love of music and language.
It was really fun! There was quite a few babies there around Ayla’s age, and lots of new parents like me too, so we all felt silly and awkward together.
Ayla seemed a bit overwhelmed at first, I don’t think she could work out whether to watch the other kids, listen to the “teacher” or play with the instruments.
And there were heaps of instruments; from egg shakers, to drums, to tambourines, bells, triangles, maracas… they just kept on coming!
The whole session was really interactive, we adults sang and danced with our babies so that we could role model music-making and fun at the same time.
By the end of the session Ayla seemed to be getting into it all, although she couldn’t decide whether to wave her hands around, clap or screech, or all three at once.
But after it was over and we got into the car, Ayla started singing (well, trying out new sounds really).
It was as if Ayla had learned how to sing during the session and she’d just been waiting on some privacy to practice.