I'm having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that my little sweet pea is just one short month away from turning a year old. How has it already been one year since I was last pregnant? While I don't enjoy the whole being pregnant part, I did truly enjoy the after excitement. All I have ever been told is how much faster it goes with your second one and it really is true. The reality that I was getting ready to go on maternity leave this time last year is hitting me hard right now. I now have a four year old and an almost one year old.
When did this happen?
Lola Girl you are the sweetest and absolute chillest baby. While you may have your diva moments, I still am amazed at how graciously you take the rough and toughness from your big brother. The world is your oyster and you just take every bit of it in. These days you are crawling and climbing on everything. We have set up the officially "Lola Gate" in the living room, blocking off your entry to the kitchen. There's only so many times in one day that I can clean up Brady's water as well as fish those pieces of Pedigree out of your mouth. While you stand like a champ, you aren't too interested in taking steps and I'm completely okay with that. However you can climb those stairs like you a boss. It's almost time to transition you into a big girl car seat but I'm really trying to put that off for as long as I can (plus your dad and I continue to have the debate of the century about which car seat will be purchased for you.) You truly are just too cute to boot and I'm pretty sure you know this too!
So what has my Lola been up to this past month:
Size: Lola was 19 lbs 8 oz at her last doctor's appointment -- she gained 2 lbs in 2 months! The Buddha belly is growing and is starting to preciously hang over the top of her diaper. She still fits in 9-12 month clothes and size 3 diapers. I did up her diapers to size 4 at night for extra absorbency and that has worked out pretty well.
Eating: Lola takes four bottles - 6 oz, two 4 oz and 6 oz. I tried formula in the sippy cup and she thought it was a joke. However, she loves water in her sippy so I'm not too worried about the cup transition. Once she gets a nice cold glass of milk, she'll change her mind. My plan is to slowly phase the middle bottles out this month and replace them with sippies once I'm done with this container of formula. But can the girl get hysterical when she sees that bottle. Don't ever show her a bottle that is empty either...
As far as food goes this kid can put it down! She eats pretty much anything we eat. The other night I made chili and she had no problem chomping it down. Lola also has a large love for Annie's bunny mac and cheese. Peaches, pears, apples and bananas are her favorite fruits while avocados and sweet potatoes are her favorite veggies. I will continue to cross my fingers that she will not be a picky eater like her brother.
Sleeping: There was a two week period where I thought I had a newborn again. However an ear infection, sinus infection and the ability to cut 4 teeth in one month would probably suck for me too. Unfortunately my Fall Break definitely was not a vacation when it came to the sleep department. The following week my mom was in town and Lola got caught up on her sleep. Lately she has been doing much better and has quickly fallen back into her 7:15 pm -7:30 am routine. She even slept in on Saturday until 8:30 - thank you Jesus. God this child needs to teach her brother the art of sleeping in.
Milestones: Lola is a moving machine! She is climbing, standing and crawling all over everything. While she has taken a few steps on her push walker, she isn't too much interested past that. She does scoot and move around the furniture pretty well and will walk holding your hands for a little bit. Lola has officially mastered the steps and it's really cute to see her little diaper butt push herself up each step. Her top teeth have officially cut all the way through and now she has two more on the bottom so we have 6 total teeth. Plus right now one more little toof is coming in on top and I'm pretty sure she's cutting the molars because of how she is chewing back there. When it rains, it pours, right?
She loves to mimic people. If you clap, she claps. If you tap the floor, she will tap the floor. My favorite thing to do is find something that makes her giggle and then she will mimic me and keep doing it all while laughing her sweet little laugh. She will move her mouth like a little fish and look at me doing it until I do it with her. Can't. Handle. It.
Likes: This kid LOVES meals -- breakfast, lunch or dinner she will make sure you are aware that it is time for her to eat. If you are eating something you either need to eat it real fast or hide it because the kid expects you to share it with her, or else. Lola also loves her bed. I know that sounds silly but the kid sleeps like a dream in her own crib. I get it though - there's no place like home. I'm also going to add that she LOVES to milk her dad. He can't make eye contact with her or she will bust out that fake cry until he picks her up. I know. Damn good already.
Dislikes: Lola's worst enemy right now it the word NO. If you tell her not to do something, the teenage version of herself appears. I'm talking the fake tears, loud shriek and the dramatic head toss backwards. While she is sweet as can be 90% of the time, that 10% sure ain't pretty. She also absolutely HATES her car seat. I think it's the fact that she is restrained and not allowed to move that ticks her off. The kid is a pro at the back arch. Makes me think that she will be quite flexible one day...
My mind is in super first birthday planning mode. I'm sure I will probably plan and pin all of these fabulous ideas that won't become a reality until the Friday before her party. Think pink and gold baby. Her invites are adorbes too. I'll share those when I share her party pictures.
Lola Colleen it is time you stop growing! Every month I think, "Okay, this is my favorite month," because I remember how much fun each month gets the older you get. Your little personality is sweet and caring. When someone says hi to you, you are sure to wave right back and melt their hearts. When someone is crying (a.k.a. your brother throwing a fit) you get a very concerned look on your face and sometimes will cry with him. I think this has made your brother fall even more in love with you because you can't pass him without a kiss on the head or a big, brotherly squeeze. This is your last monthly post until you are the big 1. We love you so much Lola Bug!