I cannot believe that this time last year I was sitting in a hospital room waiting for the contractions to ramp up .....feeling excited but full of fear for what was ahead of me (it turned out to be not so bad) .
Loxton came slipping into our family at 9.21am on the 6th of March 2013 and what joy he has bought ... I can only imagine how much more we are in store for.
The First year of Loxtons life has taught me not to be so rigid ....that it will all work out okay and that contrary to my own rambling mind I "CAN" do this parenting gig without major disaster happening so Olivia has gained a better mother by becoming a sister ;).
The first few months of Olivia's life were a blur of sleepless nights, dirty nappies and unexplainable crying episodes (both my own and Olivia's) . I am thankful for my experiences the first time round it made it so much easier when Little Loxton came along .
I was pretty relaxed and have had only the occasional stress "meltdown" , Loxton has been a fairly easy baby , perhaps a tad clingy but a chilled out little man none the less.
I was prepared for the frequent and long nursing sessions and I implemented a loose routine straight away...which meant knowing his cues for hunger and sleep, within being home a few days we were only having the one wake up in the night for a quick feed.which then led to a few months of sleeping right through (don't hate me)...punctuated by a few scattered wakeful nights here and there usually due to a growth spurt or some other infant issue.
We managed a 2 week driving holiday (and a visit to my In-laws) to Tasmania when loxton was 4 months old.....we even took my 85 year old grandmother along......usually this might equal some stress but somehow we ALL came away unscathed and it only took a few days to settle into our routine when we returned home ...although our nights changed to include more wake-ups at night.
Loxton is a strong little boy with a curious sense of adventure
Loxton has developed a cheeky sense of humour over the last few months....we are in for some trouble later on along with some awesome days of fun and laughter.
So far Loxton has decided that walking is for chumps....why walk when your Sister/Mum/Dad/Nana collects every exciting thing that needs to go in your mouth...... for you ;) , we do alot of cruising along the furniture though and he can crawl to any dangerous object within nano seconds.
Not to many words pop out ...that's not to say he doesn't know how to say them .....I get plenty Mamma's when he doesn't want to go down in his cot for a nap,
Dad is used more as a way to describe happiness,
We are also throwing out the occasional Dog and Cat (words not literal dogs and cats...although if he could get hold of em).
Clapping is fun in Loxton land as well as pointing to everything .
If he has a rumbling tummy EVERYONE knows ....it's definitely put across with a series of wails and grunts ....I fill his spoon up and pass it to him when he's slurped that one dry he gives me a
"buh buh" and passes the spoon back (clever boy) for more...... of course.
As for weight at 12 months according to my scales he is sitting at 10.5kg but feels alot heftier.
Loxton gives amazing kisses and will seek me out for a cuddle *love*
He is still breastfed first thing in the morning and before bed....we will soon be winding down i think
One special thing for me is watching Olivia and Loxton together....they clearly adore one another but frequently have spats (already...*sigh*) but that makes me love watching them all the more as it's hilarious to see loxton fight back if he feels he should get the red blocks ...yes yes come back in a few years I'm sure the tune will have changed....on a serious note I am glad that they have each other ...having no siblings I value that I have given them both someone else to turn to if they need too .
- His Mum....of course
- Anything that has wheels or spins
- Loves animals becomes VERY animated when he sees them...will bark at the dogs LOL!
- talking to Nan and Pop on skype
- Cuddles with Nana J
- Pulling Olivia's hair
Thank-you for being such a lovable little guy & cementing this family together , eating everything I put in front of you and for teaching me that Love does get bigger.
Posts coming soon- A day in the Life of 'this' sahm .