“I’m not a baby. I’m a big boy. I’m Marshall”.
Fine. You are already a little man.
I remember there was one bedtime and you were telling us “diba dati we talked only in iPad, cause mami and dada in Singapore, and Marshall in Philippines (still used to having 3rd person conversation) and Marshall don’t have mami and dada.. and Marshall no family..
Aww… It breaks my heart, (and dada’s).. Where’d that thought came from?A two-year-old boy, verbalizing his own feelings and understanding.
Well that was the sad reality during your first year.
Glad that we have already survived that long distance relationship.
You are growing fast.. really fast.. and i wonder where did the time go?
Few weeks from now, you will start to go to preschool. And I cannot contain the excitement (and fear) I am feeling. Honestly, i was hesitant to bring you to school this early age and I initially questioned my parenting skills as a mom. But I realized that there are certain things that you can only learn outside home. We may not be able to protect you at all times, but He will.
Psalm 37:5 “Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf.”
You still have a lot of new things to discover, but always remember that the most precious thing you’ll have is family.
Dear not-so-little man,
Seems like yesterday when I found myself teary-eyed pleading for few days of leave just to get back home to you and celebrate your first year. Though it was not granted, we still managed to go back on a weekend and consumed 36hours enjoying your big day.
However, from then on, till now, we are very thankful to God for giving us the most wondrous family for helping us look after you, and for taking turns in staying with us here in Singapore and bracing the immigration issues.
Anak, like what we have been telling you.. please always be grateful for this family. Gone are the days when I can just hold you in my arms, sway and lay you in bed peacefully. Now is the time of non-stop playing, chasing, running, and goofing around. I do not know where is that energy coming from, but just thanking God for giving you such good health and great vitality.
People notices that you’re becoming more alike dada.But we cannot deny that at this stage, you already have your own adorable identity. It was not so long ago when you cannot utter even a single word but just hearing your giggles fills our home, and hearts, with joy.
But along the way, your unrecognizable words turn into real thoughts and it is pleasantly surprising. You’re a fast learner and catches up quickly on new words, to the point that you also learn to reason out. (oh no!) We are amazed by the way how you can speak up several words. Every call from you is a music to our ears, and every time you hold and grab our hands to sit beside you is a precious moment. I won’t ever be tired listening to your ceaselessly enthusiastic songs.
We are very proud hearing you sing ABC’s and confidently count from 1-10 (then skipping to 16, 18,20).
You love cars, and you go crazy with balloons. In a way, you are our little helper. Keep it up! 😉 You are one talented individual. We wouldn’t be surprised if one day, we will see you performing on the stage.
On the other hand, You are now becoming a
stubborn strong willed person. You know what you want and you want it right away and we still gotta work on that patience, though. There were days when you would just throw tantrums and makes us go crazy but the moment you utter the words “sowie” and “wabyu” while crying, melts our heart every time.
As the days passed, things are getting more challenging and demanding and at times I found myself in unfavorable situations. The mess, the toys, the tantrums, and hundreds of unpredictable naughty things you did stress me out. Most of the time, you pull me from all sides for attention. But those times of togetherness will never be taken for granted for I know those times are valuable and it is never going to come back.
You are a little gentleman and you really let me feel treasured with your concern and love. Every time you see me coming out from the bathroom, you would quickly run and turn off the fan while saying “lamig mommy”, quickly running to me and giving me a tight embrace so I wont feel cold. The way you put your head on my chest while saying “wabyu mommy”, like it’s the safest place for you. It is love in its purest and honest form. It is one of the best feelings I have ever experienced.
Anak, thank you for understanding us for the times dada and i need to go for work and to have our weekly dates.We can see that at times you wanted to come with us, instead you just give both of us a sweet kiss and say “babay” waving your cute little hands.
I have had many arguments with dada especially when it comes to disciplining you and we are very sorry that there were times you happen to see it. We still have unlike views but have learned to listen to each other. In time we will learn to parent as a team.
By the time you read this we would probably be missing your kakulitans. How time runs quickly. It amuses us seeing you grown so fast. If only we can slow down the time so we could have more cuddle time together, more bedtime stories to read, more nursery rhymes to sing, more exchanges of kisses. Just hope I can remember the finer nuances of our daily lives, the fun times we will share, and the many adorable things you do. I may not be able to bring back all those special times with you, but I can hold the beauty of these moments in my heart forever.
You are most definitely not a baby anymore. And that fact brings tears to my eyes. You may be a big boy now. But you will always be my baby.
As we celebrate this day, dada and I would like to give you the greatest gift a little child could ever ask for. Few more days and we will have the opportunity of togetherness.
All praises and glory to God.