Year in Review

Liya
Liya’s 2nd Birthday
2 August 2014 at 15:00 1
Today, our little angel turned 2, and we celebrated her birthday at Let's Meat in Lonehill, with family and friends. She has been in our lives for just over a year, meaning we've been parents for just over a year (We survived! She survived!). We celebrated our first Mother's and Father's Day this year and learnt a whole BUNCH of new things I decided I wanted to honour her - and our other kids in the future - every year on their birthday, to mark and remember the special year gone by.

Memorable Days:

  • 3 Aug 2013: Celebrated her 1st birthday. Most of our family and friends met Liya this day, and celebrated her birthday and 'arrival' into our family.
  • 12 Sep: Took her first, adorable steps
  • 27 Oct: Visited great gran Sheilagh in CT! Also her first flight
  • 27 Dec: 12 day holiday with Uncle Mark & Aunty Colly
  • 24 Jan 2014: Started swimming lessons with daddy
  • 29 March: First signs of potty training at 21 months!!
  • 9 April: Welcomed her cousin, Madison, into the world

Liya's first words:

  • Ta
  • Dada
  • Mama
  • No (lol)

Some of Liya's first, and our favourite, 'sentences':

  • "I not naughty"
  • "Bye ouma. See you morrow"
  • "Food cold. Daddy naughty"
  • "Daddy come" with the hand gesturing daddy as we leave the house
  • "Pease" and "Tank you"
  • "Oupa? Kom skep!"
  • "Where's mommy/daddy?"
  • "No" and "Ja" are of course suitable answers for ALL questions
  • Pointing seriously at my food "Eat mommy"

Liya's favourite songs:

  • Twinkle Twinkle
  • I Love You (Barney)
  • Thank You Jesus (Prayer)
  • Baby Bible class songs (Biscuit song, goodbye etc.)
  • Old McDonald
What an incredible year it has been being Liya's mommy. Everyone who meets her, loves her; she has an amazing social personality, and she is super well-behaved. We are loving every second of watching her grow and learn, and all the hilarious things that come out of her mouth that are such a true reflection of her mom and dad (from shouting at the dogs, to demanding you eat your food and correcting us when we have song actions wrong). A special thanks to all our amazing family who have supported us, and loved her so dearly. It made our first year of parenting so amazing.

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