Tuesday, 19 January 2010


Yesterday, our delicious Mayana-Berry celebrated her first birthday. Can you even believe it? I’m not sure I can. One year of mama-hood.. one year of my beautiful baby in my life. I can remember the day she was born as if it were yesterday, yet I can barely remember what our life was like before she was in it.

Those days of midnight wake-ups and feeds, our tiny teeny newborn daughter, so squishy and frail and soft and beautiful—they seem so far off. And I realise now how quickly that phase really passed, even if it felt like it would never end while we were living it.

When I think about how much she has grown and developed from that tiny little button into the beaming, curious, clever little munchkin… well it’s just amazing really, isn’t it?

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed and savoured every single day with our Mayana, and I love watching the amount of joy she brings to the lives of the people who love her.

I have to say, I’m enjoying this period of the beginnings of toddlerhood. It’s just so much fun. She’s such a curious little being. She always has to know what’s going on, and she always has to be a part of the fun. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned already, but she’s a full-time walker now, I’m pretty sure she’s forgotten how to crawl. These days she mostly runs. She loves to climb up steps, and can’t understand why we make her go backwards to get back down them. She is discovering her autonomy, and I can see that over the next few months she’s heading towards becoming very independent. She dances when she hears music and it’s the cutest most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen. She loves freely and wholly, and if you ask her for a ‘squishy’ she’ll hug you tight around the neck. If you’re lucky she’ll even shower you with kisses. “Jack” is still her favourite word, and all dogs are still “Jack”. She loves, ‘this little piggy went to market’, ‘creep mousy creep’, ‘round and round the garden’, and any other rhyme that ends in a tickle. She knows the actions to ‘Clap hands Papa comes’, ‘Open shut them’, ‘Klap eens in je handjes’ (a dutch song) and ‘Eyes and ears and mouth and nose’.

And she’s one. Wow!

We had a lovely, cruisy and relaxed day yesterday. We started off a tradition that we plan to always do – opening presents from us in our bed. She’s really getting the hang of the whole ripping-off-the-wrapping-paper thing now.

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Her  main present from us was an awesome bike, which she is very impressed with.

S7305984We spent most of the day at my parent’s place, with a little spot of shopping thrown in – because what girl doesn’t like to shop on her birthday!?

We finished off the day with a walk down by the Noosa River… well we walked, Mayana ‘rode’ her bike.

S7305992Happy birthday my gorgeous princess. I love you so much!


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAYANA!!! Looks like a fun day. Love the cute pink bike :-)

  2. Happy Birthday Mayana!!! I miss you so much I wish you were still here.

  3. Congrats on surviving the first year Mumma, it's the hardest! And a belated Happy Birthday to your beautiful little (or should I say big?) girl!


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