Ryan, you’re still my baby!


My baby boy,

You turned one on December 27th, 2010. ONE. A whole year old. Where did the year go? I think I’ve been avoiding writing this letter because it makes it more real. You’re a toddler! What happened to my baby?!

But Ry Ry, you’ll always be my baby boy! You continue to amaze me every single day. You’re always making me laugh and smile and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t tell you you’re too freaking cute! Just tonight I turned my back for a couple minutes and you managed to get my chocolate box from the 3rd shelf and by the time I saw you…. chocolates were all over the floor (and all over your face)–I couldn’t stop laughing.

You are 31 inches tall and weigh just over 19 pounds. It’s hard to believe you were ever 7 lb and 9 oz! You walk and run all over, you reach the drawers and door knobs, you talk and laugh… you’re the best thing in the whole world.

You can sign the word “milk,” which you do A LOT πŸ˜‰ and I can see how happy it makes you to be able to communicate with us–we need to learn more signs! You can also say all of these words: mama, dada, hi, cat, cracker, milk, grandpa/grandma… and you wave bye bye (or even “cya” or “later”). You understand a lot more words that we say to you: sleepy time, dance, shower or bath, down, up, hungry, pick up…

The cutest thing ever? You give kisses! You can blow kisses (kind of)–you open your mouth wide and put your hand over your mouth… you haven’t quite caught on to the blow part, haha. If we tell you that we love you, you grab on for a hug or you give us a kiss–because you love us too πŸ™‚ I try that one about 932874 times a day.

You have new dancing moves! Instead of just bouncing up and down, you now sway side to side. I’m trying to teach you to throw in a spin or a fist pump, haha. You dance to commercials, us humming a tune, or even if we just say the word “dance!”

Some other cute skills: you can walk backwards, climb the 4 step ladder on your treehouse (and go down the slide), you like to sit on your big boy chair, you’ve colored with markers, you laugh when we laugh, you can turn on my iPhone and turn off the computer.

If you’re super tired, you now wave bye bye to daddy and then sign “milk” to mama–telling us you’re ready to go to bed! That’s too adorable. You’re such a good boy.

We signed you up for tumbling classes that start next weekend and hopefully in February we’ll be starting mommy and me swim classes too! You’re so active and you’re getting so big. I still look at you and get teary about it! The other day I was at babies-r-us getting you some clothes and I glanced at the teeny tiny baby clothes. My eyes started watering before I even processed the thought! Don’t get any bigger, okay?!

Randoms: you’re still in cloth diapers, but we use disposables at night and you’re still in size 3. You wear size 12-18 month clothes and size 4-5 shoes. Six teeth (4 on top, 2 on bottom) but it seems your bottom left molars are coming in very soon. Still no haircut, but it’s getting a little long over your ears πŸ˜‰ Cutie!

Not that I want you to get any bigger or older! but I can’t wait for the summer with you. Me and my lil man are going to have so much fun πŸ™‚

Love you to the moon and back 9,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 times,
Mama and Dada

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