Eight of the most difficult days in my life were waiting to find out when we could take Ryder home from the NICU. What a relief when we took him home healthy and happy.
Seriously. Why didn't I cut that kid's hair sooner? I was afraid of losing the curls, I think. Needless worrying.
It's not hard to make him happy. Take him to the park or give him some food. Want the opposite reaction? Make him go inside or take away his food.
It's hard to believe how quickly he's grown up.
At age two Ryder likes: food; water (to drink or to play in); playing outdoors; Thomas the Train; anything anyone else has; to rub him mom's arm when he's tired; colors (he spends a lot of time naming colors of things); his sisters; his cousins; his grandparents; bananas; dipping graham crackers in milk; Word World; doing things himself; having his shoes on; when his daddy gets home; and playing with his toys.
At age two Ryder has a few minor problems: he hates to share; if you take a bite of his food or a sip of his drink--watch out--it's about to be thrown on the floor or across the room; he bites and pinches (mostly just Tanner and his mom--I think it's mostly done with love); he is extremely messy and doesn't care; and he throws his biggest fits when we are in public.
At age two Ryder is really good at: charming the pants off his sisters; getting whatever he wants; and giving kisses and hugs.
We love you Ryder! Happy 2nd birthday!