Monday, September 29, 2014

Mr. Sun

Every morning on the way to school, we drive down a long windy road. Every morning, as long as the sun is shining, it shines right in Ryan's eyes for the entire length of that road. And for the entire length of that road, Ryan screams and shrieks and shields his eyes from the sun.

I am starting to think he is part Vampire.

And I am also starting to consider taking a detour.

Good night little boy

Every night before bed, I read to Nathan. Lately he always chooses his big Curious George collection and even though it's full of stories, he picks the same one to read each night. Curious George and the Pizza Party. He loves this story so much I designed his birthday party around it. We curl up in his bed and he snuggles next to me. Usually I read the words and he narrates along, pointing out things he notices in the pictures and sometimes showing his stuffed Curious George all the adventures he's having in the book. "That's me!!" George says over and over while we read.

Lately Nathan has been twirling a piece of my hair in his hands while we read together. A tender moment like that is quite typical for him. He has always been a sweet boy. Never one to push or shove, he has always been more timid and gentle. He is more likely to cry than to yell. He is very emotional and aware of people's feelings. He has always been good at sharing, except with his little brother of course. He's just a really good kid.

Moments like this remind me what a sweet boy he is. I treasure spending a few quiet, peaceful minutes together before he drifts off to sleep. Years from now, I will more than likely call goodnight through a closed door, wondering if I was heard over the music blaring from inside his room.

But for now, I will gladly snuggle up with him at night, reading the same story over and over, night after night. Just me, Nathan, George and a lock of my hair.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

18 months

Ryan's stats at 18 months


Best Friend: Radar. Named after Big Bird's teddy bear, this was actually a gift for Nathan, hence the "I'm the Big Brother" shirt. Ryan took one look at that bear and decided it was his and Nathan wisely conceded. This bear causes a lot of confusion since it never leaves Ryan' side. Let me confirm that Ryan is NOT a big brother.

He can say Mama, Dada, Doggy (everything is a doggie), GeGe which is Mandarin for big brother, Pee Pee, Uh Oh, Waffle, Apple, and More. He doesn't talk much, he prefers to scream.

Ryan has always been...feisty. Ever since he was a newborn and I brought him to the pediatrician because he wouldn't stop crying. I anxiously waited for her to tell me he had acid reflux or allergies or anything that could be treated. Instead I was told "Sorry, he's just fussy." Not much has changed since then. He has a temper and he's not afraid to show it. From the second he wakes up he is yelling.

This is not to say he's not a sweet baby. He smiles and laughs and blows kisses and gives snuggles. Just don't get on his bad side. The wrath of Ryan is not something to mess with.

Halloween is coming up and I'm thinking a little devil costume would be perfect :)