Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Four in July!

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No, no not fourth of July, but Ryu will be four in July!

I cannot believe that is going to be four. I can still remember it like it was just yesterday when he was born. I remember lugging around a giant belly and completely being over it. I wanted him to enter the world as soon as possible, but instead I went through 12 hours of labor and an emergency C-Section.

I remember blogging about his birthday each year and how much he has grown, but I cannot believe that he is already going to be four. It's been four years since Ryu became my son and it still feels surreal to me. I now have a little boy and not a little baby which makes me sad, but at the same time I am so proud of all the obstacles he has overcome. If you have followed my blog before you would know that Ryu went through a phase of not talking and at one point the Dr. told me that he may be autistic. He has been in the program for over a year and it is so refreshing to know that he has greatly improved in his speech. I have considered placing him in preschool, but it's really up to the provider at the school he currently attends. She has to let the school know if Ryu would need further speech therapy which would require him to have an IEP provider side by side with him. Honestly, I think I'll wait another year before placing him in preschool or kindergarten.

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This picture was taken by his Godfather Roland on his first birthday. Typically everyone thinks that a child's first birthday party needs to be big. To be honest we went big, but now that I think about it the party was mainly for the adults more than anything. I went with the Pixar movie UP as a theme. It was so much fun and extremely hot at the time. I rented a bouncer and cotton candy machine.

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We took him to Travel Town and this would be the first official birthday that Papa got to spend with us as a family. At the time Ryu loved trains and Sean suggested that Travel Town would be great for his second birthday. We even rode the little tram around and he had a blast!

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For his third birthday I found a mini deal on Groupon for a small animal reserve. It wasn't the greatest place, but it wasn't so bad either. He enjoyed seeing the animals there, but I quickly realized that we have to take him to a zoo! One year later and we still haven't done so. I'm still debating on what we should do for his birthday this year. I was thinking of maybe hosting a birthday party for him in our new home, but I'm still being indecisive about it. All I know is that I'm completely blessed for having this little man in my life. I am also blessed to continuously have Papa Sean in our lives helping us mold Ryu into this respectful young man. I do hope that our family will continue to learn and grow with each other as each year passes us by.

I only wish good things for my family and I can't wait to continue making new memories with Ryu. He has brought so much joy into my life that words can't even explain. I never thought in a million years that I would be a mom in my twenties. He's taught me so much and I only wish to return the favor and teach him morals and manners.  Thanks to the family we have I know that he will be loved and taught well from all corners of the world.


  1. they grow so fast it's heartbreaking and amazing at the same time. i always ask kayla to please stop growing so fast to which she replies "i can't mommy, but don't worry; i'll always be your baby".

    i love that ryu and sean both wear those hats!

  2. They do grow fast, don't they? I can't believe my little girl is already 8 months old. Seems like I *just* had her yesterday. Happy early birthday to your little guy =)

  3. Congrats on a wonderful four years and so glad to hear Ryu is progressing wonderfully with his speech.

  4. What a sweet post. My little boy turned 2 in February and I still can't understand where the last 2 years have gone. It's such a mixed bag of emotions. You miss the baby and all of the firsts, but you adore seeing your child turn into an individual. I can't even imagine how I'll feel when he turns 4. Cheers to savoring every moment. Happy belated birthday to your little boy.

  5. @kathy @ vodka and soda: I used to remember a time in my life when I couldn't wait to get older and now I can't believe that I'm a mom and my son is growing so fast. I'm still wondering where the heck has the last four years been. I almost feel like I woke up and Ryu went from a newborn to four years old. He's communicating with me now and he's extremely active in every way possible. Heck I can't even keep up. You must love watching Kayla progress in school and at home and just with life in general.

  6. @Sydney: Thanks! Omg I remember when Ryu was 8 months he was so tiny. I am absolutely missing how tiny he is. Enjoy them while they're still little and can't complain as much ;)

  7. @Sam @ Thrive 360 Living: :) It's amazing how different they are from being a newborn, to the age of two, then the age of four. They really change a lot overtime and you can see them become their own individual person and it's awesome. My son is not how I ever expected him to be but its great knowing that hes changing right before my eyes !

  8. What a GORGEOUS little boy you have! Time flies, doesn't it?! My little guy just turned two in July and I'm having a hard time accepting the fact that he's not a baby anymore. I'm sitting here reading your blog a little misty-eyed realizing that he'll be 4 in a blink of an eye!

    It's wonderful that Ryu has greatly improved his speech with just a little over a year's worth of speech therapy. Good for him! I'm sure it required a lot of hard work and dedication on your part, too.

  9. @Judy C.: aww thank you! It's so crazy how fast they grow and how time flies when you have kids. Every waking day I try to cherish that moment with my child and I swear I never get bored of taking pictures of him. When he comes home from his dad's place I always get surprised with how big he's gotten in a short time.

    Cherish every moment with your little one. Soon your little one will be wanting to dress up without any help and will want to make their own decisions. It's so crazy, but exciting at the same time.