Little Lochlan Schofield became an internet sensation before he was ever born.
In February, the unborn baby boy caught the attention of his parents – and later the world – when they watched him giving an encouraging thumbs-up on an ultrasound screen.
Lochlan is now a 4-month-old healthy baby, his parents told the London Daily Mail in a new interview. He was born on July 9, weighing 8 pounds 2 ounces.
“Little Lochlan is doing fine and he is absolutely great,” his father, Paul Schofield, said. “He is really a happy and smiley kid.”
Lochlan hasn’t quite mastered his signature “thumbs-up” outside the womb yet, “… but I am sure that won’t be too long,” his father said. “We’ll make sure to teach him!”
The little boy first caught the internet’s attention in February after his parents, Schofield and his partner Cheryl Stevenson, went to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, England for their routine 20-week checkup.
The father told the London Daily Mail at the time:
‘It was all so clear. The midwife spent 15 minutes with Cheryl and the scan was very comprehensive. They check for an awful lot of things and you get 360 degree images.
‘He was moving back and forth a lot and when it came to the end of the scan, they asked us if we wanted to know the sex, which we did. Then they asked us if we wanted some pictures.
‘He immediately curled up into a ball and put his face down and at first we couldn’t get a clear picture. We were gutted. But as soon as the midwife said she would have to wrap things up, his little hand came out and he gave us the thumbs up.
‘We all burst into laughter. The midwife said she had seen a few hand gestures in her time but nothing as clear and forthright as this. It brought a great deal of happiness to our day.’
He added: ‘It was a unique experience that we wanted to share – and it was a great way of him telling us that we are doing a good job by him so far.’
When the couple shared their son’s ultrasound photo online, it quickly went viral.
“It was crazy,” Schofield told the newspaper. “There were thousands and thousands of re-tweets on Twitter and likes on Facebook. So, he really was famous before he was born.”
The family is keeping clips of photos and news articles to share with Lochlan when he grows up, his parents said.