Meet Lochlyn! She is truly the sassiest and most determined little girl, and one can find her watching Frozen 2 (and ONLY Frozen 2) and stealing her brother's toy cars. Read on to learn more about Lochlyn's love for Legos, her most recent accomplishment of learning how to walk, and more!
1. To start off, can you tell me a little bit about Lochlyn?
Lochlyn is 20 months and was diagnosed with Achondroplasia Dwarfism, which results in short stature, the day after she was born. Doctors first told us she would pass away shortly after birth due to a fatal form of Skeletal Dysplasia; however, as days went by we were shown time and time again that Lochlyn had every intention of fighting and thriving! Fast forward to now, Lochlyn's healthy and loves to make others days a little brighter through her funny and sassy personality :)
2. What are Lochlyn's interests? What is her personality like?
Lochlyn has her moments like other toddlers, but she really is the happiest and most laid back girl! She loves watching Frozen 2 (and ONLY Frozen 2), playing with her Duplo Legos, and stealing her brother’s cars.
3. What is a recent accomplishment/milestone of Lochlyn?
She just started walking!! She’s been working so hard for the last few months and her hard work paid off. She has been so motivated through this whole process and her face just lights up as whenever she takes her steps.
4. What are some of Lochlyn's best strengths?
She is truly the most determined child I’ve met. If she wants it, she’ll figure out how to get it and always proves she deserves the same as everyone else. She doesn’t let anything or anyone stop her!
5. How do you advocate for your daughter?
I call us “quiet advocates” because we only use our platform and Instagram account to share her life. Our hopes in sharing her daily life is that others will see her in a positive light and that her life is worth living. Even though she may have her differences, she deserves to find acceptance amongst everyone!
6. What are some of your favorite resources as a parent?
My most used and favorite resource is other parents! We’ve made so many friends along the way and it’s reassuring to talk to other POLPs (parent of little person) about their experiences and building such an amazing community. From them, I can learn, speak to, and lean on someone that truly understands.
7. What have you learned from raising Lochlyn?
I feel so grateful to be Lochlyn's mother. She has taught me to use my voice, to stand my ground, and trust my intuition. She is the prime example of cherishing whats happening in the present and that the doctors aren’t always right.
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