Monday, September 8, 2008

Little Man Keeps Getting Bigger


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.

What a sweetheart. He's got us all wrapped around his finger.


This kid LOVES being outside.


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!

14 comments:

Britain said...

Happy Birthday big boy! I love all the pictures of Ryder. He is such a sweet kid.

Linda said...

He is so cute! I can't believe how big he is getting! Happy Birthday Ryder! Jenn...remember when Erik couldn't stand it if anyone used his fork or ate any of his food? Maybe Ryder takes after him! Wish we were there for all the birthdays!

Love you all!

easleyfamily said...

What a big boy! Happy Happy birthday Ryder! Have lots of fun!

Tami said...

Jenn,

You're kids are beautiful!

Hacking it up said...

wow!! Party time at the Elisons!!! Seriously....those are two of the cutest little kids I've ever seen!!! Hope they both have great birthdays!!!

P.S. how do you do those picture collages?...I'm computer stupid...

Jaime Stephens said...

Happy Birthday Ryder and Haven, you have some cute kids!

Bateman Family said...

It's party central at your house.

I like how you include pictures from past and present. It's amazing how fast they change when some days a minute seems like forever.

Allyson

Natalie said...

Seriously the cutest kids ever! We sure had fun partying with them. I can't believe they are so BIG!

Seven Leavitt's said...

Love the curls! We are SO in the same boat with out last two kids. Sara and Jordan are both turning 4 and 2 in the next few days.

Diane said...

How cute is Ryder! Boys are fun :)

Becky said...

Very cute pictures.

Mel said...

What a cutie! Happy birthday to both of the kiddos!

grandma kopp said...

I could squeeze the tar out of him. He is so cute. I love his smile. That was a long 8 days for all of us.

Missy said...

What a handsome boy! I love his haircut!