Rory turned 2. It's a love hate thing with kids and growing up. He's not my baby anymore. He's a little boy. He is so much fun. He is so smart. And he is so cute. Everyone thinks he looks like his Daddy. That's not a bad thing, but it's hard for me to tell because to me he looks uniquely like Rory.
Rory still doesn't talk much. I can tell it won't be much longer until we're having conversations with him, though. He recently started to say "I love you." It melts my heart. He wouldn't just say it at first. We had to sing it to him and then he would sing it back. So cute. I also taught him to hold his fingers in the "I love you sign." Now he says "love you" without any prompting. He'll repeat almost anything we ask him to. He's known the entire alphabet by sight and the sound each letter makes for a months and months now. It's fun to watch him point out letters and tell me what they are.
He loves to copy his sisters. It is hilarious to watch him play the Wii with them. He does all the actions he sees his sisters or the characters on the screen doing. He'll sing along whenever any of us are singing. He loves to be outside. He loves bubbles and balloons and peanut butter. He regularly gets a spoon out of the drawer and peanut butter out of the pantry to bring to Dru or me. He's usually loves to have his picture taken and will ham it up like no other, but lately he'll only cooperate if he sees his sisters do it first. He's definitely got a love hate thing going on with them. Haha. Rory went through a biting phase while he was teething. He doesn't anymore, unless his sisters push him a little too far. Poor girls. They get little Rory teeth marks pretty regularly. You'd think they'd learn. (Don't worry, Rory gets punished for it.)
Probably the sweetest thing about Rory is the love he has for little Arla. The boy just can't get enough of her. Almost every morning, the moment he hears Arla, he squeals in delight, "oooooh, DeeDee!" and runs to her. DeeDee is his word for baby. He'll call her "AhrLah" sometimes. It's really funny to watch and listen to him say her name and Dalia's name. He calls Dalia, "DahYuh," Mina is "NuhNuh." Dru's mom came to visit recently and he called her "Pahpah."
He's getting over his extreme stranger danger, but can still be pretty hesitant with new people. He doesn't go to nursery yet. I either take him to Young Women's with me or Dru will take him into primary. He's not too distracting yet.
He recently learned to jump off of the very last step in our living room. Someone has to be watching before he'll actually jump though. So if you're not paying attention and he wants you watching, be prepared to have him scream your name repeatedly until you look and tell him you're watching. Then he'll proudly jump and smile his charming little smile.
We love Rory so much. He's perfect for our family. I'm excited to see the young man he'll become.
He started copying Dru's stellar dance moves.