23 July 2014

Aila is ONE!!!

Woooooow! One year has flown by already! This time last year I was pushing her out into this world in the back seat of a car! She was a wee thing back then. She has definitely grown since then!

We had a nice Sunday and had cake and opened presents just before we left. We also skyped with family so they could get in on the celebrations. Aila got an Anpanman t-shirt, picked by Reia, a tv remote bilingual toy because she is always taking our tv remote and doing all sorts with the buttons. Hopefully this keeps her occupied! And she also got a cute wooden growth chart with places to stick photos and stuff. I have been looking out for one since Reia was small but could never find them until I saw this one! It's for one child, but we'll share. Aila also got a cute dress from Oma and she wore that to church. We all wore matching colours to suit her dress.

She got a couple presents from some members too! A puzzle and some toys. So thoughtful! Only 6 more months before she goes to nursery. I wonder if she'll get used to it as quickly as Reia did.

We had a Disaster Relief meeting with ward families that live close to us. The purpose was to learn about what to do in first few minutes of an earthquake. From what I can remember, cover your head in the first couple minutes, open the door so that your escape route isn't compromised, contact your group saying where you are and then turn off your phone to preserve battery life. We also all shared our story of what we were doing during the time of the Big Earthquake in 2011. 

Then we all ate taco rice together. Finally, the cake was brought out and everyone huddled around to take pictures! Now, just a word about the cake... This was the first cake I've ever made for one of my daughters birthdays so I was a bit nervous. I spent hours racking my brain and combing through the internet trying to come up with some ideas. I was originally going to make a banana cake with cream cheese frosting, but thought it might be too sweet for my Japanese friends. Finally I found an easy looking strawberry mousse cake that looked cool and didn't seem so hard. I went to shop to buy all the ingredients and oh my goodness, $5 for a small chip of strawberries? And I needed 4?? Uh... No thank you! I had to change my cake yet again. I remember seeing a picture if a mango mousse cake and opted for that instead. So glad I did! I ended up combining parts from 3 different recipes to make this cake. It wasn't hard at all, but took a lot of time because I was so meticulous about measurements etc. It also needed to set in the fridge for a while. But I was sooo happy with the result! Never used gelatin powder before but now I'm more confident! This cake nice and light and looks so awesome. I added a layer of mango through the cake for extra flare. I'm definitely adding this to my recipe book. 

We sung Aila Happy Birthday and Reia helped blow out the candle. It was a nice little evening with not too much stress. 

This month Aila has learnt a number of new things:

She has gotten better with food and eats more now. Still plays around with it first. Still spits it out just to touch it. Winners have been peeled mini tomatoes, mashed potato, and broccoli florets. I have a feeling she is allergic to dairy and she had a reaction to peanut butter, so add nuts to the list.

She is getting better at standing by herself now!

No real words yet. She mostly mimics sounds she hears. She does love to have "conversations" though. She will make a noise to get my attention, like an "ee" or "uh" and we will go back and forth saying that word lol. That is how we communicate! Our first lot of conversations lol.

She laughs the most when Reia jumps and runs around the room. It get's her so excited!

I have finally figured out that she has sensitive skin. She has always scratched her skin when. She was hot or tired, but now she is constantly itching an itchiness her chest that won't seem to go away. She cries at night because she is too hot so now she is in loose or cotton clothing and wears socks on her hands so she doesn't damage her skin!

She took a step!!! On July 6th! She stood up by herself and I saw her just in time to see her take her first step. I don't know if she was trying to catch her balance or if it was a real attempt to walk, but she took a step regardless hahaha. On the same day, she also found the dummy, took off the cap and started sucking on it and seemed to like it! So weird because I have been trying to get her to take it for ages and she only shows interest once she is nearly one. If she continues to like it, it might make weaning easier.

She can walk if I hold her hands to keep her balance. She knows how to put one foot in front of the other but hasn't figured out how to keep her balance completely yet.

She naps twice a day. Once in the afternoon and again around 5ish which makes it hard to put her to bed because she is so awake! She will sometimes wake up from a nap, crawl out from her room to the living room, find me, crawl over to me, and will fall asleep right next to me.

I like it when she says kola kola kola kola. It's so cute! I think she is trying to say "tickle" maybe. She likes it when I mimic her. She has also just started say Dah! after I say Inai Inai. She loves it when I get to that part!

She will squeal when anticipating being tickled! Her best tickle spot is in that sensitive part under your arms and in the soft spots under the collar bone. 

She will only fall asleep if I'm in the bedroom with her. I will try to leave once her eyes have been closed for a while, but as soon as I get up, she opens her eyes and cries lol 

Aila walked for the first time one the 16/7! She was cruising around a corner then just let go and took a few steps on her own! I tried recording attempts after that but it wasn't happening.

She can climb onto the coffee table without any stools or chairs! Aaaaah I really need to keep an eye on her. She doesn't listen or learn when I say no. A sign of things to come maybe?

We'll see :)

One year down and many more to come!

Love you baby girl <3


  1. and when they learn to climb they seem to get better at it very quickly. Exploring new territory is likely the motivation. :)

  2. You have a beautiful family. :) I wish you all the very best! :)