Friday, October 22, 2010

Milestones and 'More'


It's a gorgeous Spring day in Canberra....sitting here in a singlet top! Aaaah Lovely. After 10 weeks of sitting on the floor, our lounge has finally arrived. But even better.....the day began with a word. That word was 'More'....and that word came out of Ayla's mouth! The planets, stars and the cogs in Ayla's brain all aligned to produce her first, undisputed word. It may not progress in the same way that other kids' speech does where they say it once and then there's no stopping them, but it's still her first undisputed word. It was said completely in context and at the right time. She wanted more pikelets, of course!

It's a huge milestone and it made me stop and realise that in the last 9-12 weeks, there has really been a string of little milestones.

I've noticed that Ayla is using her stomach muscles to sit up lately, instead of using her arms to push herself into sitting. And that when she topples over, it's a controlled decent instead of a crash! Ayla is becoming amazingly curious about her surroundings, exploring every nook and cranny in every location she visits. Her Preschool teacher told me today that she covers every inch of the preschool room (and it's a big room), each day that she's there. Yesterday they opened the door to let a breeze in and within seconds they couldn't find Ayla and she was sitting outside playing in the dirt. AWESOME! We have a 2-way bathroom and often find Ayla taking herself off to the bathroom to play. When we pull her out of there (it's not really safe to play by herself) and close the door, she knows to roll around to the other door! She initiates games of peek-a-boo, slaps her hands on the highchair to tell me to hurry up and put food in her mouth, passing things to me when I ask for them, rolling to me when I call her over, and attempting to 'put' things into and onto other things, filling up the containers in the bath and throwing them out of the bath, water and all. And it took a word (the biggest milestone of all) to remind me of all these little ones that are no less amazing.

To celebrate all of these milestones....and the milestone that is me finally working out how to embed a video in blog, I have included a video taken in January of Ayla and my Mum's dog, Gus. And at the top, as promised, the painting that I bought for Ayla from the Art show. It was painted by one of the students from Ayla's Specialist School.

Oh and on a slightly different we realised that we might be around $800 short for the next ABR workshop which is on Nov if you have been eyeing something off for Christmas presents on either Don't Tell Mamma or Mum and Dad's market stall, we would love it if you could consider purchasing it;)'s going to be pretty tight this time around. Thanks so much for everyone's support, we seriously wouldn't be powering ahead like we are without you all.


S said...

Love it! pikelets are good. My big girl's first word was more too, the wee one says yum - tis all about food really!
I'm glad the sun is shining on you and I'm glad you had reason to celebrate and reflect x

Smithsholidayroad said...

It is just so beautiful to see Ayla in real motion on a video! she is amazing! I adore her giggle and her expressions that are so animated.
I am thrilled for you all on such a wonderful word!
coopers first word was "hammer" in true boy style.

Melissa Luxmoore said...

Like a true boy....Hammer! LOL! and seriously what's with our girls and food...I can see it's going to be a beautiful healthy relationship they have with food :) where did I put that chocolate?

Robin_Haslem said...

Hey Mummy and Dad, I am so overcome. I really don't know what to say. We have waited so long for this, and at last you have a word. How awesome is this. Now Ayla, lots more where this word came from. Now this gives us hope Lis, with those communication aids that you had looked at. So much potential is locked up in that little one. We are believing that you as parents will unlock it. I love the video. At last we can hear her voice again. Keep them coming!! Love Auntie Rob. x

Fiona said...

The best news Melissa! Go Ayla! Our kids NEVER STOP LEARNING!!!

nettie said...

No wonder you couldn't sleep!! That's amazing news.

Carrie said...

Congratulations to you and to her!
I like her style 'more' is a good word to know :)

Susan, Mum to Molly said...

Woot Woot!

Go Ayla!

'More' was Molly's first word too, and it sure is a useful one - especially for a girl who like to eat and enjoy life!

Awesome word. May there be many more!! ;-)