Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Baby is Three!

"We aren't totally sure what is going on, so we are just going to have to take him now."   Those words were spoken to me three years ago.

Three years ago when I was over 600 miles from home.   Three years ago when a simple family vacation turned into something so much more when my water unexpectedly broke at 32 weeks pregnant.

I lay in the hospital for two days, there was enough fluid for my baby to safely stay; hoping praying he would keep inside growing as big and as long as possible.  But on May 14th,  when a trip to the bathroom reveled that I was bleeding a lot, it was time.  Time for my little baby to enter the world 8 weeks too soon.

He came into the world at a big (for 32 weeks) 4 lbs 9 oz.  Every time I work out now and pick up my 5 lb weight it is hard to remember Ryder weighing less then that!



(You can watch his birth story and first year with a quick video here)

Now three years later looking back it all seems like a distant memory, a dream.

Ryder: Age 3

Height:  36 1/2" (I think)   Weight: 32 lbs (on a heavy day)    Shoe Size: 8

Nicknames: Rydee (ride-eee), Mr. T (his middle name start with T), Gus, and Gus-Gus

Loves playing with his brother and sister; everything from tea party to Legos he plays it all.  He loves any sport that involves a ball.   He can kick a soccer ball extremely hard and straight and can even hit a ball with a bat.

He loves giving kisses on cheeks- though he always thinks it's funny to get me right on the lips.

He loves poptarts for breakfast and asks for them everyday.  He hardly likes any fruit but does love avocado and will eat a lot of dried fruit and loves fruit smoothies.

He still pluralizes everything in his special way- "car-is" "bike-is"

He has no interest in going to the bathroom on the toilet but will tell me after he poops.  Though I always know anyway as he has a tendency to start knocking things over and hitting toys while he is pooping.

He can count to about 20, though messes up some of the teens.

He is obsessed with garbage-- not the actual garbage but laughing and joking about throwing things in the garbage or about things being the garbage.

Case in point; when I asked him to sing the ABC's- he sang "ABCDEFG now go potty in the garbage!"

He still sleeps in his crib and hasn't even thought about climbing out.   I never put him down for a nap anymore though he falls asleep about twice a week on the couch for a nap.
He is still definitely my cuddle bug and will ask to cuddle with me.  We will get a blanket and wrap up next to each other on the couch.

He will jump right in wrestling and tackling both his brother and sister-- he definitely thinks he is big.

So to my sweet, funny little Ryder -- I love you and hope you will always want to cuddle with me.  Let's make a pact and get through these 3's as nicely as possible.

Happy Birthday Ryder!

32 comments:

  1. I can't believe he's 3! Happy birthday, Ryder!!

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  2. So sweet to commemorate his day, so glad that he arrived safely. He and I share a birthday, though I have quite a few years on him!

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  3. Happy Birthday, Ryder!!

    No naps?? I think that Andrew would be a hot mess every day if he didn't take a nap! Once in a while is okay like when we're busy or out and about. I figure that he's getting close to no naps though.

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  4. So crazy he's already 3. Happy Birthday Ryder!!! And wow, he weighed less than a 5lb weight. CRAZY!

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  5. I remember how teeny tiny he once was. He is fierce. Such a sweet face too. Happy Birthday, Rydee! XOXO

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  6. That is a cute post.

    He's is a cute little guy!

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  7. Wow - smaller than a five pound weight...that is tiny!!! I really can't believe he's three. At least he still loves to snuggle, and speak in his own little-boy speech. It's sad when that goes away, even though you know it needs to. :o/

    Happy birthday to Rydeeee. ;o)

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  8. He was so tiny!!

    Happy Birthday Ryder!

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  9. Happy Birthday to your little man! Such a sweet post!! :)

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  10. I remember when he was born! Three years goes by so fast! Happy Birthday, Ryder!

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  11. Happy birthday to you little man! He's gotten so big recently!

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  12. I love seeing these sweet Ryder pictures!! Happy Birthday, Ryder!! What a blessing you are!

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  13. I can't believe that he is 3... I remember when he was born. Wow. What a gorgeous little boy. Happy Birthday.

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  14. Happy birthday to him! What a birth story! My daughter will be 3 in just a few weeks and was full term and she has virtually the same measurements! He seems like a very happy guy! Happy "birth" day to you too! :) Thanks for sharing this...perhaps I will write one for Ladybug in a few weeks too!

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  15. Happy Birthday Ryder!! Aunt Rachel can't wait to see you in a couple months!!!

    Man, he's cute. Love that last picture of him. Well, all the pictures of him. His hair is amazing. Can't get enough! And those eyes! And . . . everything!! Fun fun!!

    Can't wait to see the festivity pics!

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  16. Wow! 3 years- so cliches, but I have to be startled by the speed of it since he is the child of yours I've "known" the longest. Congratulations Ryder! Wishing you a happy happy birthday!!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday Ryder! So glad he's such a healthy and fun little guy. I totally laughed about going potty in the garbage!

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  18. Happy Birthday Mr. Ryder!!! Wow, what a handsome, sparkly little boy you are!!!

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  19. Happy birthday my cute litte buddy. I sure had fun on the phone with you today.

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  20. Such a blessing! What a wonderful piece to read. Very sweet :)

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  21. Happy birthday to Ryder. He is such a cute little guy!

    What kind of letters/stickers/tape did you use for the canvas? My friend is trying to make one and the letter stickers she used let the paint bleed under.

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  22. What a blessing! He is too cute!

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  23. Oh wow! He is a little guy. That is the same size as my 17 month old, who is a giant apparently. haha. I can't imagine someone Hayes's size being able to do all those things.

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    1. I just reread my comment and it sounded kind of rude. Totally not meant to be! Just meant I can't imagine Hayes doing all of those things. Hmmm... still doesn't sound right, I hope you know what I am trying to say!

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  24. I can't believe he is 3 already!

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  25. Happy Birthday, Ryder!! He is such a sweetheart. I'm so glad his birth story had a happy ending.
    xo

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  26. Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! I hope he had a great day!

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  27. Such a beautiful boy! Oh kill me with the gorgeous pictures of him. Love you, Ryder!

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  28. such a sweet boy! Love his curls. So glad he is doing well. sometimes the entry into this world is rough. Happy belated birthday to your precious Ryder!
    from The Dugout

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