I try to avoid cliches, but seriously... where has the time gone?? The past 12 months have passed by faster than perhaps any other time that I can remember. Ryan is such a delight and the piece to my heart I didn't know was missing. It's hard to put into words how much I love this little boy!
In one word, Ryan is enthusiastic-- full of energy and smiles and movement and expression. He is sweet and silly, messy and busy. He's pretty tough, too-- he had a double ear infection/croup and later the flu/strep and I had no idea because he never complained! He loves sleep, playing the piano, throwing balls, playing chase, brushing his teeth, and taking baths. He nods his head yes or no to specify what he wants and says "mama mama mama mama" about 60,000 times a day no matter who he's talking to. He loves his Daddy and playing with Katelyn is guaranteed to make him laugh.
Holding his sock while sucking his thumb is his comfort and he almost always carries a spare with him, just in case. The "missing sock" collection in this house is out of control!
Getting Ryan on board with eating table foods was slooooow. For a long time, putting bite-sized pieces of food in front of him to try just didn't work. For example, if I gave him a pancake, he had to pick up and examine ALL THE PIECES before he would consider eating a single one. We finally got there and he's great about eating table foods now... he just got there on Ryan Time. Favorites are shredded cheese, spaghetti, strawberries, waffles, and anything crunchy.
He took his first steps unassisted on his first birthday! But to get somewhere faster, he's constantly pushing the furniture around the house... even when someone is on it.
After his first haircut
Love, love, love this little boy!