Mayalina Turns One!

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One year ago, at 18.48 in the evening, a little but very loud girl with dark eyes and a dimple on her left cheek was born. She was a big, healthy baby who was born into the water within four hours of the first contraction. She came out with a demanding cry and we fell in love with her straight away. I could tell it was love at first sight when she met her proud big sister too.

Every day for the past year we have had the privilege of watching Maya grow from a chilled out little baby to a curious toddler with a strong will – just like her sister…She still has that same demanding cry, especially when she’s hungry and waiting to be fed. She makes it perfectly clear that she wants food there and then. Maya likes food and gets upset if she sees me eat something without sharing with her. She’ll try everything but prefers finger foods.

This time around I haven’t stressed about all the things I stressed about with Lana, and have just been able to enjoy hanging out with Maya so much more. No “why isn’t she sleeping?”, “is that reflux or is she choking?”, “why isn’t she weaning properly?”, “is this eczema or allergy and should she be on medication?” or “should I take her to the doctor again?”…

Maya was a pretty relaxed baby who only woke up twice per night up until she was 4-5 months. She slept in her moses basket until she was 6 months, that’s how chilled out she was. Lana was turning around at 3 months and pretty much trying to crawl out of her basket by 4 months, but Maya just took it easy and slept instead. She didn’t turn around until she was around 6 months, but when she finally started moving she had no patience at all and before we knew it she was walking at 9 months and one week. She even beat her big sister, who was early, to it by two weeks!

Ever since all she does is walks around the house, picks up stuff, tastes it, chucks it on the floor and repeats. Oh and she tries to climb everything she possibly can. It is impossible to open the front door without Maya appearing within 10 seconds and trying to squeeze past so she can explore the stairway. Every. Single. Time. Often when I realise she’s been quiet for a while I find her sitting on the floor flicking through her books, a habit I hope she’ll hold on to for the rest of her life! (Wishful thinking, I know.)

Maya loves being out and about and is always trying to get people’s attention. When she does they’ll be rewarded with a dimple-faced smile that will melt anyone’s heart. When I take her to baby group she gets so excited she just goes up to everyone, including the adults, and chats to them, touches them or hands them things. Sometimes it’s like she’s never seen other people before haha.

Maya let me sleep during the first months of her life, but then she decided it was enough and started waking up up to 10 times per night. She can still do that but mostly we’ll stay around 4-6 times or so. It’s impossible to be upset about not having slept when you see her wee head poking out of her bed and all you can hear is “pappa!”. Yeah, she said mamma first, but then sort of forgot about it and has now been saying pappa about a million times per day for months. She even points to herself and says pappa. And random men when we’re out and about – which has resulted in many funny situations!

She’s got such a gentle look on her face most of the time, but she can get really feisty too if someone takes away her toy or disrespects her in any other way. Or alternatively she’ll throw herself on the floor crying like a true drama queen. She can go from zero to a hundred in no time. Maya also doesn’t like to not be included and you’ll always find her where stuff is happening.

There is so much more to say about my little bug, but it’s impossible to properly put into words those moments when she looks at me with her big brown eyes, when she thinks she’s being chased and tries to toddle away as fast as she can or when she says “titta!” (look) with an astonished look on her face and points to a random thing. Or when she plants a gentle kiss on my cheek – I can’t think of anything better than that!

Maya makes me so happy, every day. I didn’t know I could love someone as much as I love Lana, but turns out it’s pretty easy. Maya makes it easy. She makes me want to have more children!

Happy 1st birthday my Mayalina. You are amazing.