Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Riley is 7

I love Riley. Right from day one he has been such a gem. His labor and delivery were only 3 1/2 hours and I was so excited, I didn't sleep all day. I just looked at him asleep in our bed. He was 9 lbs. 11 oz., 21 inches long and pink.
Riley is without guile and always honest. He is willing to follow or lead and bend with other peoples wants. He is loyal to his family and friends and will fight to the death if someone messes with them. He is sensitive and wants to do the right thing. Riley is kind and when someone is hurt or sad, he doesn't just wait and watch, he gets down to that person's level and helps and comforts them.

It is so neat to have a child like Riley.

He's growing up and almost as tall as Conrad. His favorite things are Star Wars, Legos, Star Wars Legos, Pokemon, riding his bike, the color blue, math and reading, soccer, archery, Converse shoes, sports cars, computer games, ice cream, Chicken Parmesan, cereal, and baby Quinn.

Riley generally doesn't like his pictures taken. He hates the whole process: the time it takes to get ready, the itchy church clothes, the crazy person doing the shoot. This year I promised it would take less than an hour and it would just be me and him. We were outside on the State fair grounds and he got to pick out his outfit. Notice the Star Wars tee shirt, jeans & Converse? Yep, it was smooth sailing this time.

I realized that to get a good picture out of Riley, I had to let him pull a few funny faces.

Riley is rather picky about what he wears. He doesn't like polo or button up shirts, unless they are "cool". (whatever that means.)

Riley is losing his teeth and I adore his toothy grin and his sweet dimple on his left cheek.

I love you Riley!


Jill said...

Oh, Monica! These photos are fantastic. Good for you. Love the vivid red and blue backgrounds almost as much as I love how much Chucky and Riley are alike. What would the world be without sweet boys?!

Stacie said...

Riley looks so great in those pics! Good job, Monica!

Kristin Chesnik said...

Those pictures are SO cute! What a fun idea to just let him choose what he wants to wear and forgo the drama. Happy Belated Birthday Riley!