Happy Birthday Lochlyn! I can’t believe that it was only a year ago that you were born into this world, it feels like you have been a part of my life forever. At the same time, I can’t believe how fast you have grown and changed.
This year has been the best year of my life. You make me so happy and I love loving you so much. You are such a joy and a blessing and you truly are my little miracle baby. I am so thankful that I have had the privilege to be your mom, and I can’t wait to watch you grow and experience the world.
Here is a look at what you are like at 12 months old:
Weight: I will have to update this after Lochlyn’s Dr.’s appointment next week, but my best guess is that Lochlyn weighs just over 21 pounds. She was weighed a couple weeks ago at a doctor’s appointment, so I have a pretty good idea.
Length: This one I have no idea. I think she is a bit on the shorter and chubbier side. I am curious where she falls on the percentile chart.
Clothing: She is almost exclusively in 12 month clothing. She has a few 6-12 month items that fit too. This girl has been growing out of her clothes like crazy.
As you know, I am the queen of nicknames. I am surprised how many have stuck since she was a newborn. Lately, Lochlyn is usually referred to as one of the following:
- Lochlie, Lochlie Broccoli, Lochlie Broccoli Boo, Broccoli, Brocklyn, Brockie – you get the idea
- Josh calls her “Little Girl” (no change here!)
Most of these words Lochlyn has been saying for a couple months, but she has learned a couple new ones this month.
- Bye (this is her favourite!)
- Kitty (pronounced “k” “t” – she makes the “k” sound and then the “t” sound”)
- Uh-oh (new!)
- Done (new!)
New this Month
Lochlyn has finally learned how to pull herself up to standing! She has been trying to get it for quite awhile, and I think it’s safe to say this skill has been mastered. Her favourite way to play is to wander around and find things to pull herself up on. After she pulls herself up, she tries to get our attention. We will smile and clap and she gets so happy!
Lochlyn is also now climbing the stairs … at least she has climbed up one the bottom one a couple times. I think she will be all over this within a couple days when she really “gets it”. Time to get another baby gate!
Although Lochlyn has been sick in the past, this month was the first months she was sick with more than just a cold. She had a really bad cough for about a week, so I took her in to see the doctor. She ended up being diagnosed with Pneumonia. It sounds a lot scarier than it was. Lochlyn is a tough little girl, and she was still eating and sleeping like a champ, and was pretty close to being her normal self. She was prescribed some antibiotics, and recovered within a week. She absolutely loved her taking her medicine!
At the beginning of February, Josh and I took a marriage course in Calgary. We stayed at my parent’s house, and they babysat Lochlyn. It was the first time that anyone put Lochlyn to sleep at night besides Josh or I, and it was the first time I wasn’t there when Lochlyn woke up in the morning. This was probably a bigger deal for me than it was for Lochlyn. She did really well, and she loves her grandparents!
I am noticing more and more how much Lochlyn mimics me. she has started shaking her head a ton, as if to say “no”. Funnily enough, shaking her head doesn’t mean “no” to her. I couldn’t figure out why she was doing it at first, so I started paying attention to see if I shook my head a lot. I do. I shake my head to nuzzle her while we are cuddly, I shake my head while talking baby talk, and I do it while giving her eskimo kisses. I think Lochlyn shakes her head to copy me, and does it in an affectionate sort of way. Whenever I am holding her and she wants a cuddle, she presses her head into me and shakes it. So funny!
Lochlyn has known how to make a mess for quite awhile, but she is now learning how to put things back in their proper spots. She loves pulling all of her books off of her bookshelf, and now I have caught her trying to put the them back. This makes me happy – maybe I can teach her to clean up after herself (haha yah right!). Another thing she does is take her sippy cup off of her shelf, take a sip, and then put it back. I think she takes a sip just so she can put it back after!
Another new skill that I am loving, is that Lochlyn has figured out how to tell us when she is thirsty or hungry (without crying!). She smacks her lips together when she wants to eat or drink. It is too cute, and lets me know I better feed her, or give her a drink ASAP. Since I have been weaning her off of breastfeeding, I have been worried that she might not be getting enough liquids. I love that she can tell me when she is thirsty now.
I bought Lochlyn a shape sorter toy for Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago. When I bought it she had no idea how to put the shapes through the matching slots on the lid. Now she can put the triangle, circle, and square each through it’s matching shape. Sometimes she does need me to point out which slot each shape goes in though. It is crazy to see how much babies can learn in a matter of weeks!
Peekaboo! Last month Lochlyn was playing peekaboo by putting her hands on her head instead of over her eyes. I am happy to say she has finally mastered covering up her eyes to play. Sometimes she forgets though and covers her head instead.
Bedtime: I am so blessed. This little girl knows how to sleep! She usually sleeps just under 12 hours a night. Before bed I have been giving her some milk in a sippy cup, and she guzzles that right down. Afterwards, I put her pyjamas and sleep sack on (I feed her the milk naked so she doesn’t get milk all over her clothes) breastfeed her, change her diaper, brush her teeth, read a story, cuddle and say bedtime prayers, and then lay her down in her crib and rub her back for a minute or so. This seems like a long process, but she falls asleep within a matter of minutes after I lay her down, so it is totally worth it!
We did go through a rough patch with sleep this month. When Lochlyn started antibiotics for her pneumonia, she stopped sleeping well. We ended up having to rub her back until she was in a deep sleep. She also woke up at night a few times, which is hard when you aren’t used to it! I ended up bringing her to bed with me twice, and we got some good cuddle time in. I liked having her close to me when she was sick and up coughing so much.
Nap time: I don’t know when Lochlyn napping on her own will stop feeling like a miracle. she learned to fall asleep by herself at nap time a few months ago, and it has been amazing for me! I follow a nap time routine very similar to her bedtime routine, without the milk or nursing. I lay her down in her crib nd she usually falls asleep within 10minutes. If she is still awake at the 10 minute mark, I will go in and check on her, rub her back, and leave. She rarely ever misses a nap, or cries much when I put her in her crib. Not trying to brag, or make other mom’s feel bad. I know what nap time drama is like – I have had my fair share!
Lochlyn naps twice a day. Her first nap is about two hours after she first wakes up in the morning. Her second nap is around 3 hours after she wakes up from her first nap. She usually ends up napping around 10:00 and 2:30 give or take half an hour. Her naps last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours (told you – it’s a miracle!).
Nursing and Eating Solids
Nursing: I am a little sad (but mostly happy) to say that Lochlyn is almost fully weaned from nursing. She is down to one feeding at night before bed, and I am planning to drop that one in about a week. I haven’t been able to pump fora few months now, and it has made breastfeeding a bit of a challenge. I haven’t been able to leave Lochlyn with a babysitter for more than a couple hours at a time. I can’t wait until she is done breastfeeding and Josh and I can go away for a weekend! I know it will be hard for me to leave Lochlyn, but it will be so good for Josh and I too.
When I decided to wean Lochlyn, I was breastfeeding four times a day. I usually ended up nursing around 8:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. I started by dropping the 4:00 feeding, and then after 10 days, I dropped the 11:30 feeding. After two weeks I dropped the morning feeding, and that is where we are at right now. I am hoping that my milk supply will dwindle and dropping the night feeding will be easy. I am not sure that it will be though! Lochlyn still really likes nursing and I am going to miss all the cuddles.
Solids: Lochlie Broccoli loves her food. As you can tell by her growing belly, we don’t have any problems getting her to eat, and that makes me so happy! Lochlyn eats three meals a day, and a late afternoon smoothie. She doesn’t snack at all, but she sure makes up for it with her huge meals. Breakfast is her favourite, and she often has a bigger breakfast than Josh. I usually feed her eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, and she often has an adult-sized serving. Most of the time she eats whatever I am eating, with a few moderations. She still hasn’t tried most nuts/seeds, and I eat a lot of nut butter!
I still have yet to find a food that Lochlyn doesn’t like. Some days she definitely likes food more than others, but she will eat anything. Lately she likes to see what is on her spoon before she allows you to put it in her mouth. I have noticed that she likes to eat the same thing as what I am eating. The other night we had salmon, wild rice and asparagus. If I was eating rice, she only wanted rice on her spoon too. If I had asparagus, she was all about it. So funny!
I always want to include Lochlyn’s favourite foods in these posts, but that is so hard to determine what her favourites are since she eats everything. I would say some of her favourites are banana, blueberries, sour raspberries, smoothies, oatmeal, coconut curry, pumpkin, quesadillas, eggs, wild rice, cheese, zucchini, egg plant, baby carrots, tomato sauce, and the list goes on…
Lochlyn’s favourite toys continue to be things that aren’t actually toys. She is starting to get into everything. It was cute at first, but it is starting to get so hard to get anything done! Some of her favourite things are:
- Eeyore. Lochlyn loves that cat. Whenever she sees Eeyore she lights up, and then proceeds to follow her around trying to grab handfuls of her fur. Eeyore actually is quite taken with Lochlyn too. If Lochlyn is playing, I can expect Eeyore to turn up before too long, and want to play too. I do have to be careful though. Eeyore scratched Lochlyn in the face the other day while I was doing something on the computer, and I felt so bad for not paying more attention! Eeyore felt bad too. Lochlyn started crying so hard. When I picked her up, Eeyore started crying to, and circled my feet, blocking my way from taking Lochlyn upstairs.
- Cupboards. This isn’t new, but Lcholyn is getting more and more into playing in the cupboards. Her favourites are the tupperware cupboard, the cereal/baking cupboard, and the bathroom cupboard that has some of my old makeup. The other day while I was getting ready, Lochlyn found some of my old eyeliner and started drawing on her foot. I really need to just throw that out. I also need to get safety locks put on my cupboards. I think I have been saying that for a few months now.
- Pulling the baseboard off of the walls. We live in an older house, and the baseboards have been taken off the wall one too many times. They aren’t attached very securely and Lcohlyn has figured this out,a nd likes to pull them off. This is not cool because there are sharp nails holding them in and I don’t want her to get hurt. This si something else that needs to be taken care of!
- Ears. I think this is always on the list, but Lochlyn loves ears. I think they are a security thing for her – like other kids like blankets. Whenever Lcohlyn is upset and crying, if you pick her up she immediately reaches for you ears, and everything starts getting better. Do all babies do this? Lochlyn also likes to cuddle and play with ears. Good thing I don’t wear earrings often, because I could see that being a big problem.
- Pulling herself up on anything and everything. When Lochlyn plays, she looks for whatever she can find to pull herself up to standing on. AFter she pulls herself up, she gets so happy and smily, and bounces up and down. It is cute to see her so happy with herself, and I am proud of her determination in getting this. She also likes to get up on her knees and push items around the room. Laundry baskets, toys, and boxes are some of her favourites!
Yes, Eeyore is in that box
- Favorite toys: Like I said, anything that isn’t a toy. Some of her favourites include a ziploc baggie full of hair clips. A small sample pack of baby lotion, old makeup (yuck), baby nail files, and socks. Once she finds one of these items, she carries it and crawls all around exploring. Eventually she will let go, which means that I find random little things all over the house! Lochlyn also likes her toy xylophone and mallet. The xylophone is obviously fun because it is so loud, the mallet is great to hit on just about everything, including people’s faces. Other favourite toys include her musical walker, books, and her shape sorter toy.
- Uhhh… what dislikes? I guess there are a few. Lochlyn doesn’t like waiting in her crib after she wakes up for someone to get her. She is usually happy for a few minutes, but then she starts to get pretty cranky.
- Getting something that she shouldn’t be playing with taken away from her. Josh and I are mastering the art of replacing what she is playing with, with something safer and just as interesting. It is a talent.
- Getting her diaper changed. This is new, and she only protests sometimes. Lochlyn used to love getting her diaper changed, but now she is getting so busy, I don’t think she wants to have her playtime interrupted. She often fusses when we change her, so I try to have a few interesting things for her to play with handy for while she is getting changed.
Happy first birthday Lochlyn! It has been so amazing getting to know you. You brighten even my absolute worse days. I love you so much, and I will love you forever no matter what. I promise to do whatever I can to make your life great!