Thursday, July 09, 2009

Down Memory Lane

What has it been? Coming to 8 months soon? Whoa... I still remember the night before the very 1st time I laid eyes on her...

It has been a real whirlwind of a ride... From the 1st few days back from the ward, where we were still inexperienced on how to handle her (in fact I was always so fearful that I would hurt her by holding her too tightly)... she seemed so fragile then..

As we went along, we felt much more at ease... learning the ropes and cleaning the poo... (oh hell it was really smelly poo... :)

At a month old, you could see that her features became more refined, she was really pretty in my eyes, even as a crying, screaming little bundle when the nurse brought her out of the OT; but now she was pure beauty.. :) Nothing in the world could come close... The little princess of my heart..

And as the weeks ticked by, my lil Ashley started to have some defining characteristics of her own... She would try to 'tell' us via her own little ways what she wanted, what she was feeling and we would play the guessing game everytime she displayed some form of emotion and action... Sooner rather than later, we got most of her needs right... :)

Life with a baby in the house was never the same ever again... No more time for ourselves, no more time for hobbies or TV watching, and definitely no more time for lazing around... Everything was centered around the lil girl and her schedules... but I never looked back and contemplated what ifs... I mean, look at her.. Her smile melts my heart and I would give up the world just to make her happy..

Months down the road, her progress report card started filling up... turning herself over, exploring the ends of her toes, starting to sit on her own, making herself heard... Oh she practised everything to perfection... even the "Daddy, I want you to carry me now" look... :)

Fast forward to now... Ashley's a real handful these days.... crawling and pulling at everything.. I find her to be a real busybody.. She has this determined look when she has her sights set on a target..

I like to let her 'loose' and let her explore the world around her... Why stifle her creativity? I let her touch, let her feel, let her experience her environment (within safe means of course) and let her learn thru her own senses of what her surroundings are like..

As with most babies, she has her favourite 'companions' when she lies in bed with sleep nodding in the horizon... For her, its her lil bunny and her moo-moo blankie... I just love seeing her with them..

Lately, she has also really displayed the full array of her emotions... she frowns, she frets, she throws her tantrums...

.... and at the other end of the spectrum, she laughs her head off at times... Her laughter is so very infectious that we cannot help but get carried away as well... oh her laughter is music to my ears...

What can I say? I'm in love with her. So too is Jac. Look at her. Wouldn't you be?


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