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In one more month you’ll be turning two!! And just for the record, several people still call you “Baby Rylan.” In fact, if someone asks you what your name is, you usually say, “Baby Ry Ry.” You are adorable, feisty, funny, and sweet. You have a very strong temper, but half the time we still don’t know why you’re mad. You still throw your head back in your high chair or car seat- very hard and repeatedly- when you’re not getting what you want. You also hit people for that same reason....but I think that you’ve finally stopped biting (I wrote this yesterday...today I'm clarifying that you do still bite when you're extra mad)! Aside from that temper, though, you smile so cutely, cuddle – especially with your paci and blankie! – and sing sweet songs. You have also started laughing a lot whenever anyone else laughs, and you have even started telling “jokes” lately! (In your latest one, you said, “Daddy’s truck.....stuck.” I said “It’s not stuck!” and then you laughed and said, “Joke!”)
This month we celebrated Mommy’s birthday by going to the Jump C’villeplace. You liked going there; somehow you found one of the balls used for dodge ball and kept it with you for most of the time. We also celebrated Mason’s birthday this month, but we’ll have a combined party for the two of you in May. You still spend the majority of your outside time on the gator with Mason. You also enjoy cuddling if someone is mowing. You like to play with trucks, cars, and balls; and you don’t enjoy sharing. You are obsessed with touching things, especially when it's time to go to sleep. You want to touch ceiling fans, light switches, hanging lights, mobiles, etc. "Touch! Touch!"
Here are some of the things you’ve been saying the past couple months (you talk in abbreviated full sentences -is that a thing?- most of the time, and you try to say just about everything. These are the words you use the most): “ope” = open, “foof”= food, “paciess” = paci, “piezees” = pizza, "Wesssee" = Uncle Wesley, hi guys!, crash, hold, trash, race, fast, bee, mash, daddy’s truck, daddy’s car, daddy’s work car, daddy's big truck, fire truck, stuck, help, peeez, eat, see, cheese, drill, fix, ride daddy's mower, NO! You also went through various pronunciations of the word “yes” this month. “Yes,” “yass,” “esss,” “yeah,” and “eahh.” You have also picked up Mason’s popping thing with hugs and kisses, so when someone says they love you, a lot of times you make a squeezing sound, then say, “pop!” When you sit in a chair that rocks, you sing, “rock-a-baaby, rock-a-baaaby.” You also make up songs like, “la la la la la, daddy’s truck....la, la, la, la, la.” When anyone says something to you, your instant response is, "huh?" or "hmm?" If you see a truck anywhere near you, you say, "Hi, truck!"
You are a joy in our home, and we love you!