My little angel is now 20 months. Except, he isn't seeming very angelic at the moment. Rory has always had a great spirit, or maybe spunk is a better word. Right now, Rory is very loud, very active, and very persistent. Basically, he has become all-consuming. I know these adjectives describe most toddlers, but, really, he seems to bring them to a different level.
Rory is a screamer. After having a difficult time with him, I recently decided that I just needed to change my life a bit. First, I vowed not to take him to the grocery store. At some point this summer he refused to sit in the cart, only riding along if he can stand on the side of the cart. Second, I decided I needed to give up on taking him on walks. He just took all the fun out of it. Removing shopping carts and strollers from Rory's life have helped a lot. This kid needs to be free. (He is also not a pleasant car traveller or plane traveller. Atticus recently took him and Jude to New Orleans and on the plane ride back he screamed the entire way. Atticus said a woman came up to him and said, "I am a grandmother. Can I help?")
Rory loves going to the park. He lights up when he hears we are visiting "Ack" (Jack) or "A-ba" (Avie). He is a fan of all balls and has become very interested in trains. Besides balls and trains, his favorite toys are two Cars cars we have that will race and talk by themselves if you shake them. He still loves play dough but is also starting to draw on paper. He also really enjoys swimming.
My favorite time of day with Rory is after dinner, before bed. For some reason he doesn't seem to scream then and has a blast playing "1, 2, 3, Go!," sitting for a few minutes with his brothers while they watch a show, or hanging out with me insisting on doing "Piggies" or "Cows" on his toes again and again. When we tell him it is time for bed, he will protest, "No, No, No, No" in a sweet voice, but then quickly will decide whether Mama or Dada should put him to bed and then violently wave good night to everyone else and blow kisses. In his room, he turns on his white noise then lays down on the ground waiting for his sleep sack. He will only wear one sleep sack and will start screaming if he doesn't have it. It is yellow and fleece and too small, but it seems to be his lovie. I am going to have to cut the seam out of the bottom shortly. Then we rock while I sing him Toora Loora. This might be the only time during the day when he will cuddle with me. When I put him down into bed, he sticks his two fingers in his mouth, waves good bye then blows a kiss. Every time. I love it.
He still sleeps in his crib, which is surprising because he climbs out of it. We put a mattress down on the floor, but he only seems interested in using it as a landing pad.
He had two firsts last week: his first hair cut and his first day of school. Unfortunately, I was not surprised by how the hair cut went. As soon as I put him in the race car chair he started screaming. He has no interest in TV, so the show did not help either. Ms. Lisa (the stylist) just sent me around the corner in hopes that he would stop if he didn't see me. It didn't work, but somehow she was able to cut it anyway. She was very sweet about the whole episode. Because of his screaming, I did not get a picture.
His first day of school went better then the haircut, but it took a while. He screamed for about the first 45 minutes. Gabriela then called Atticus to come and help. By the time Atticus got there Rory had found a ball outside and apparently that cheered him up for the rest of the day. Since then he has been two more times. I have to sneak out while he is not looking, but as long as I can do that he doesn't cry and has had two great days. Today when I picked him up, he was eating a "pop" (popsicle) playing follow the leader with the older kids. (This year at Gabriela's the majority of the kids are 4. Avie, who is Rory's age comes on Mondays, but on Tuesday and Wednesday he is basically with the older kids and then one 11 month old). Gabriela said that Rory loved to wash dishes and he showed me this after Rory and Jude each insisted on having seconds of beets before we went home.
And like any younger sibling, Rory is very interested in doing what his big brothers are doing. Here is Rory heading of to school with Finnan's back pack and school shoes.
Here's to 20 months. I have a feeling this one has us on quite a ride.