I have slacked a lot with my blog writing of late and thought its time I just rambled a bunch of stuff in one blog to try and catch up so this is going to be a bit of a hodgepodge of stuff primary on Layla (because the few blogs I have done have generally been on Hayden).
Layla is becoming a big chatterbox. Her vocabulary is developing by the day. She is starting to join some words together and in general seems to be able to communicate well with us. She certainly understands a lot and knows how to communicate basic yes and no commands to us. The no is typically a very dramatic shake of her every growing hair which is adorably cute. She hasn’t mastered her own name or Hayden’s yet, but knows important stuff like baby, mine, apple, banana (nana), mumma, dadda, juice, more, etc. Basically she gets what she wants with these words 🙂
Layla is showing to be a real lady. She just loves walking around with a bag or purse on her shoulder. It looks like she is out shopping all the time. She is also completely obsessed by her babies. She has to be carrying them around most of the time (not one, but at least two, and a blanket, and some bottles for them). It’s funny sometimes when you come into her bedroom when she’s waking up, and she’ll already have all her babies accumulated up and be carrying them waiting for us to lift her out of the crib. But she just loves babies, for Christ,mas she got a stroller and also a toy crib and high chair and she also makes sure her babies get full use of her baby accessories! If her babies are out of reach though we hear about it, she will screech ” BABEEE” over and over again until we do something about it!
If I tell her go crazy she does a very cool crazy shake similar to what Hayden used to do. It’s very impactful with Layla because of all her hair. She would make a great rock chick! Talking of her hair – it’s a good job Kara is always here to repair my feeble attempts at pig tails or pony tails. I just don’t think it’s my DNA to figure that out! Her hair is great thought and continues to grow so Kara can give her a different hair style everyday. I can see the days of the future where they spend hours braiding or plating their hair together.
Layla loves the dogs (and Abbey to be fair.) Whenever she is close to any of the animals she will lower her head and give them a kiss, or a cuddle, or try to go for a ride (dogs don’t always appreciate the last one, and often get straight up which sends her flying!). She is forever just laying down with them, and generally loving on them. It’s nice to see. Especially Stella (which is Larry and Gretchen’s new puppy). Layla and Stella are just best friends and are always running around together and following each other.
Now Layla is clearly no Hayden Mark II. It’s funny that we spend all this time blogging and we never go back and look at those blogs, but it just feels like she is so different to him in personality. Once she gets warmed up (she can start very shy, especially if her mum is around) she is very confident and likes to own the room. She knows what she wants and is very assertive to take it. If someone messes with her, or takes something away from her, she will make her feelings know (whether it’s a bite, push, verbal assault – whatever it takes!). But she does share some attributes of Hayden. She understands jokes, and loves being funny. She is very loving to us. Love her bed toys. Is a pretty good eater and an excellent sleeper.
Layla also really knows how to shake her booty! Every time there is music out playing she will just break into her own little dance, that largely involves ducking down her shoulders some (a move I’m convinced she must have learned from me as that was how Kara always made fun of me dancing!) and sticking her bottom and literally shaking it from side to side! Very funny.