Our center man is SIX and my mama coronary heart is having a tough time believing the mohawked little brown-eyed child I held in my arms for the primary time in 2018 will probably be off to kindergarten this fall. In a single breath, I do know Ryder very prepared however in one other breath, I wish to maintain him younger, harmless, playful and cuddly endlessly. So lots of the traits that emerged when Ryder was a child and a toddler have caught round by way of his massive child years and that makes me so glad as a result of he’s nonetheless the tremendous delicate little love machine he’s been his complete life.

The night time earlier than his sixth birthday, I had Ryder wrapped in a full physique cuddle (we’re speaking arms, legs, the whole lot intertwined) and jokingly stated, “Okay, now I feel I’ll fall asleep identical to this so I can get up with you once you flip six.” His reply? “Yay! Lastly!” I’m telling you that is the kid who would crawl again into my stomach if he might and I like the best way he nonetheless reaches out to carry my hand and likes to be scooped up and cuddled. Ryan and I say Ryder’s love language is a mix of bodily contact and high quality time and he’s simply the largest pleasure to be round.

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He makes our household so significantly better and is a continuing reminder to all of us that residence time and time collectively is the perfect time. Whereas Ryder loves adventures and actions, he loves being residence with our household of 5, Pepper and Fortunate the very most. Watching him love on Pepper is the sweetest factor and she or he clearly is aware of she will at all times go to Ryder for infinite kisses and cuddles.

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Ryder remains to be our fantastic little introvert and prefers our household and shut associates to giant teams and plenty of consideration. He’s most comfy round folks he is aware of and loves however this yr has been enormous for Ryder socially as he’s requesting play dates alone with associates which was one thing that didn’t actually curiosity him a lot earlier than. His greatest good friend is a candy little boy he met at preschool named Quinn whose character is similar to Ryder’s.

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Ryder thrived in TK preschool this yr and adored his classmates and lecturers. He loves artwork initiatives, puzzling, creativeness video games, exploring outdoors, swimming, catching and releasing varied creatures, serving to me within the kitchen, soccer, martial arts, basketball, constructing and creating. Ryder may even drop completely the whole lot the minute anybody asks if he desires to play a spherical of Uno or Reminiscence and is shockingly good at each video games, arising with methods that always smoke any of the grown ups who problem him.

He’s nonetheless in a position to sit down and concentrate on initiatives or actions very effectively and appears to take pleasure in some quieter actions sprinkled in among the many three-kid chaos. He’ll fortunately shade, make a melty bead creation, do a puzzle, construct a magnetic tile tower or play a sport anytime. However don’t let his candy and delicate spirit idiot you! Ryder can be a really adventurous child and really prone to say “sure” to attempting new and difficult issues.

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“Delicate” is endlessly a phrase I affiliate with Ryder and I imply this in the very best manner. He has a sixth sense concerning the feelings of others and is the primary one to note when somebody is upset or offended. He hugs me the longest earlier than I go away and isn’t in any respect shy about expressing love in entrance of others. Ryder may be very in tune to how these round him are feeling and continues to really feel issues deeply. Whereas this will make issues difficult at occasions (he struggles a bit to speak his personal feelings), I totally imagine that is additionally considered one of Ryder’s greatest property. He’s empathetic, loving, nurturing and so extremely considerate.

We’re working with Ryder on utilizing his personal phrases to explain how he’s feeling as a result of he’s additionally fast to close down when he is aware of he’s made a mistake or finished one thing embarrassing. I by no means need our deeply feeling child to really feel like he can’t specific himself, particularly amongst trusted household, and it’s a continuing work in progress to assist Ryder identify his feelings, validate how he’s feeling, maintain our boundaries, reassure him we love him even when he makes the improper selection, and many others. Ryder has finished wonders to teach me on the alternative ways to mother or father and self-discipline kids as a result of a one-size-fits-all method doesn’t at all times work with completely different children with completely different personalities.

Sibling Dynamics

Ryder’s brothers proceed to be his solar, moon and stars. There’s nobody on the planet Ryder would slightly play with than his brothers and the connection he shares with Chase and Rhett is considered one of my favourite issues to witness.

He seems to be to his brothers for various issues, as their ages imply they play in several methods collectively. With Chase, Ryder nonetheless primarily seems to be to his massive brother to guide their play however with every year that passes, he’s extra assertive together with his desires, wants and preferences, so playtime isn’t the Chase present in any respect anymore. The love for Ryder is reciprocated from Chase one hundred pc and our two older boys are hooked up on the hip 99 % of the time.

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They genuinely take pleasure in one another and make one another snigger in methods nobody else can. Their pursuits are almost an identical and they’d dwell outdoors if they may, catching and releasing creatures, exploring and making up varied out of doors creativeness video games. Sharing a room additionally means Chase and Ryder will regularly giggle and discuss into the night time and we regularly hear music blasting from their room earlier than 7 a.m. as they start their days with brother dance events and imaginary play.

Ryder and Rhett have a barely completely different dynamic and their relationship was the spiciest in our household for just a few years as their youthful and nearer ages meant they have been extra prone to have meltdowns and fights over issues like favourite toys, unintentionally flattening towers, and many others. This has evened out lots and their relationship is now dominated by play, creativeness and creativity.

With Chase in elementary college and Rhett and Ryder in the identical preschool, our youthful two boys have had lots of one-on-one time collectively over the previous couple of years they usually play so significantly better now than they did simply two years in the past. I’m sharing this to present anybody with little ones who’re just a few years youthful than our boys a little bit little bit of hope. If sibling battles are a giant factor in your home and really intense at occasions, it will get simpler as kids develop and grow to be massive children who aren’t as prone to utterly explode when their brother unintentionally runs into the creation they made with their magnetic tiles. Now Ryder and Rhett run everywhere in the home collectively and love making forts, enjoying with race vehicles, puzzling, doing melty beads, engaged on artwork initiatives and constructing 1,000,000 and one creations with magnetic tiles collectively.

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Random Issues to Bear in mind

  • Favourite Meals: Popsicles, strawberries, blueberries, scorching canine, watermelon, bell peppers, pizza, carrots, macaroni and cheese, grapes, waffles, cherry vanilla ice cream
  • Favourite Shade: Crimson
  • Favourite Books: Arcade World sequence, Press Begin! sequence, Owl Diaries sequence
  • Favourite Podcasts: Molly of Denali
  • Favourite Songs: “Would possibly Get Loud” “Shotgun”
  • Favourite TV Exhibits: Octonauts, Paw Patrol, Pet Canine Friends
  • Favourite Animal: Penguin
  • Wake Up Time/Mattress Time: Ryder usually wakes up round 6:30-7 a.m. and goes to mattress round 7:30 p.m.


  • Taking part in together with his brothers
  • Catching and releasing creatures
  • Making melty bead creations
  • Puzzles
  • Constructing with Picasso Tiles
  • Driving his Nighthawk and Plasma Automobile
  • Swimming
  • Soccer
  • Driving his bike
  • Craft initiatives
  • Constructing initiatives of any sort (particularly serving to us construct furnishings!)
  • Books
  • Cuddle time
  • Kayaking within the lake
  • Film nights
  • Creativeness video games
  • Scorching Wheels/any transportation toy
  • Making forts and impediment programs

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