Lola Colleen is One

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Lola Girl is 1 year old!
I remember with Cohen I wished the months away.  Not that I wanted him to get older but because I was excited to see the next milestone.  Lola was completely different.  I knew what was coming and I haven't been wishing away these months rather I have been dreading the fact that she is getting older!  It feels like I was just leaving school with a leaking water in the midst of a fire drill.  (You so don't want to miss this birth story.)  I think like any mom going from one child to two children I was nervous.  How would life change with two kids?  But even more importantly, how was I going to love another child as much as I did Cohen?  The moment I saw Lola I was in love.  My heart swelled to double the size -- part for Cohen and part for my new bundle of joy.  These two munchkins are my life and I know that Kurtis and I can't imagine our lives without either of them. 

It's bittersweet to know that this is her final monthly update of her first year.  I have been way too weepy today.  I need a drink.  Or three.

Here is what Lola has been up to in her final month of her first year:

Size: Lola is 20 lbs 5 oz and 29 and 1/4 inches long -- 25% in both weight and height.  However her noggin continues to be in the 90%.  We refer to her as big brained.  She is still in size 3 diapers and 12 month clothing.  I have a few 18 month outfits but they are a little big still.  I finally have put away all of her rompers.  Sigh.  It was sad but I guess I need to start working on her collection for this summer...

Eating:  My little piggy gets 3 meals a day and 2 snacks.  She still takes a bottle in the morning and before bed but does sippy cups during the day.  We ran out of formula a few weeks ago so I just switched her to organic whole milk and she has been doing fine.  Lola loves bananas, clementines, pancakes, cheese and avocados.  I find that if I offer her foods in different ways she seems to eat them better.  For example I gave her a fork yesterday and put her broccoli on it.  The kid ate it up!  All about presentation moms, all 
about presentation.

Sleeping: Lola is a creature of habit and craves a good, solid schedule.  She goes down at 7:30 and wakes up around 7.  Naps are at 10 and 2 and she will nap for anywhere from 1 to 2 hours at each nap.  Her brother was completely opposite and never napped so we switched him to one nap right at a year.  I think we will wait to switch her to one nap when she shows signs of wanting to drop one herself.

Milestones:  Oh this child makes me tired.  I was quickly reminded how much I love this age yet how tired it totally makes me.  The second I turn my back she is into something - the drawers, the cabinet, Brady's pet bowls.  I mentioned last time how we have gates up everywhere.  I'm quite certain I could be an Olympic hurdler at this point in my life - I never realized how flexible I actually could be.  These gates don't play.  Lola loves to stand up at the gate, shaking it and letting out this fake cry like she is in jail if you don't let her in with you.  She is also a pro at spotting an open gate and is the fastest stair climber I've ever seen in my life!  I thought Cohen was busy but damn, this girl is too.

Lola loves to stand up on her own and then start clapping for herself.  It cracks me up.  She still cruises around on the furniture and has taken one or two steps on her own.  Lately she will stand up from the ground all by herself so it's only a matter of time until she takes off.  I'm not encouraging it but my husband is anxious for her to start walking.  He will take that back about .32483 seconds after the deja vu sets in.

We have eight chompers in our mouth now and I think she's cutting bottom molars by the way she has been chomping back there lately.  I don't dare put my finger in there too often in fear of getting it bit off.  For real.  She also loves to talk and says hi, Mama, Dada, Uh-oh and NO!  I probably shouldn't laugh but when she doesn't get her way she will yell, "No!" and make this pouty face -- dying.  We were at our sweet little Harper's birthday party (who is just 11 days older than Lola) and there were all these cute little babies playing.  One of them tried to take away her toy and Lola put a stop to that yelling, "No!" so loud.  Apparently she is just practicing her voice.  Girl has an agenda.

Likes:  Lola loves being able to climb on to little chairs and then stand up, giving her mom a heart attack.  She seriously thinks she is big stuff when she gets up on these chairs.  I know I have mentioned this before but Lola LOVES everything Cohen.  Whatever Cohen is doing, she has to do it too.  But lately he has been all about her too giving her kissies and huggies.  Melts my heart.

We are also a huge fan of the pacifier still.  Cohen weaned himself off it early on but Lola loves hers like none other.  Cohen's lovey is his Monkey blanket so I think Lola's soother is her paci.  I'm not going to fight this battle yet but plan on limiting when she can have it.

Dislikes:  Oh Lord this child has started the tantrums.  If you take something away from her or tell her no she flat out lies on the floor, crying and kicking her legs.  Seriously.  Kurtis and I look at each other in disbelief and just laugh because it's like she is one going on 15.  The whole thing is kind of comical, I'm not going to lie.

Lola absolutely HATES her car seat.  She is such a peanut that she spent the first year in her infant seat.  I'm ordering her big girl seat this weekend (which makes me cry) but hopefully she will like the car a little bit better.  When Cohen is next to her she seems to like the ride more because he will talk to her and make her laugh.  He is such a sweet big brother.  Well, sometimes.  :)

The big birthday party is this weekend.  We originally had planned to have it at Kurtis' work however we aren't expecting as many people as we thought were going to be there.  Sadly it's the people I think Lola and Cohen would have loved to see the most, but it is what it is.  I'm okay with a smaller group of friends and family.  Plus now I can have a couple of cocktails to ease my party stress.  

Did I mention I get my big girl camera this weekend?

Happy first birthday my sweet Lola!  You are the sweetest thing and have filled all of our hearts with so much love for you.  I'm excited to see what this next year has to hold for you, just promise to me you will continue to be the gem that you have been for us this past year.

Love you Sweetie Pea, 


  1. She's absolutely adorable and I can't believe how big she's gotten.

  2. How is it possible that she is one? Seriously, she was just born.

    Happy Birthday baby girl.