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a letter to my 2-year-old son

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. IMG_5257.JPG

Today marks your 2nd year and despite the fact that we have mostly spent a long distance relationship with you during your first year, glad that we can withstand the difficult times.  

Though there were few, or should I say,  several occasions we cannot deny  we missed each other a lot.  

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).

I love seeing you read books especially with dada, as if it’s a part of our bedtime routine.

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.

Happiest birthday so far anak! We love you!
Love and kisses,


letter to 2


9th month

August 07, 2014

9monthsHappy 9th month anak!

We love you! 🙂


8th month

Again, a simple celebration in Cavite.


Happy 8th month anak!

We love you!


6th month

Time after time you were becoming more active and it seems you are starting to become aware of our situation.

At times when we talk via facetime, you will just stare at us and start to be teary-eyed. And it hurts so much..


It hurts that I wanted to fly back then and there.


But you are one strong individual and we know you understand.



May 07, 2014

Celebrating your 6th month


Happy 6th month anak!

We love you!


5th month

Hello big boy!



Marshall? Why are you holding Tita belbel’s phone?



You are becoming more and more receptive baby..



Happy 5th month anak!

We love you!


3rd month

Every single day you become more and more cheerful, anak.

jan 7

jan 25 (c)

 Still, you love sleeping.. 🙂

jan 20

 February 07, 2014

Celebrating your 3rd month in Cavite


Happy 3rd month anak!

We love you!


first roll over

February 06, 2014

feb 7

You already rolled over by yourself on your 3rd month. Good job anak!



first goodbye

 January 01, 2014


It was the eve of New Year’s Day. We had a simple gathering. It was tough for your dad and me to leave you in the Philippines. We had to go back to Singapore for work reasons. On the way to airport, I already started crying.  It wasn’t easy for me to let go as I was used to taking care of you, waking up in the middle of the night to breastfed, checking your diapers, or just simply stare at your angelic face. But we need to be strong enough baby. We are working now to settle for a good future. And we know that you will be in the hands of very loving people. Nanay, Tatay, Mama, Papa, Tita Belbel, Tita Tetet, Tito Itoy, will always be there to look after you. We always love you anak.


a letter to my 1 year old son

My dearest Marshall,

As I write this, I will try my hardest not to cry at the thought of not celebrating today’s special day with you.

Watching you on an iPad screen, staring at me closely, while I greet you a happy 1st birthday is very heart-breaking for me.10749087_864253276918511_642364203_nI wonder what runs on your beautiful mind baby..

Perhaps, just looking at your bright eyes and giving me that genuine smile is like telling me,
“It’s okay mom.. I understand.” (and now I am teary-eyed)10728806_864253280251844_659765229_nIt has been exactly 365 days of happiness for the entire family since God brought you into this world. And every single day, we glorify Him for that.

It is still fresh on my mind how I used to carry you on my tummy for 39 weeks..SONY DSCand how excited your dad was when IMG_3414 (2)By the time you read this, can you still remember what life looked like before you turned as who you are now? Probably not, but how I wish you would cherish every moment we shared together. Even from a distance.

Talking about distance, I remember the day when dad and I had to go back here in Singapore.

It was a New Years’s Day yet we need to leave for work.

And that was one tough decision for us.

Luckily, your dad and I were so much blessed that God chose us to be with the best family members. Despite longinquity, we know you are always in the hands of loving people.

Remember those sleepless nights of Nanay though she still got to work?10743342_10203387031650083_47452815_n

And  the eagerness of Tatay to teach you how to drive,10681754_841720949171744_21873707_n

the laughter and giggles you shared with Tita Tetet,1552818_10201613999525388_1957765851_n

the sweetness of Tito Mac when he carried you for the first time,10412021_771219909636305_8909364680393716027_n

the thoughtfulness of Tita Leah to constantly give you little something..10646624_771220049636291_4862311440136878756_n

How bout the times you hold Papa’s hand to guide you climb the stairs,2014-10-25

or Mama’s lullabies to let you fall asleep,10726582_864268066917032_1231898893_n

the effort of Tita Belbel to capture your every important growing up details,feb 14 (d)

and the patience of Tito Itoy to look after your kakulitan..10743598_864264390250733_1314236716_n

When you grow old, think about all these important people and please always be grateful to them. For you will never be the same person you are now without their enormous help.

You had your first cry,

your first smile,

first crawl,

first step,

first teeth,

and a lot more.

Anak, we may not be there in every first of your life, and we admit that we have missed some of your precious milestones.

It might be too early for you to comprehend the things that are happening for now, but in time you will.

It’s very difficult for us being far away from you but just seeing that adorable face makes it all worth it.IMG_8620

 Anak, please understand that we will not buy everything you want.

But we will try to give you anything you need.

As of the moment, dad and I are working hard to give you the best future you can have.

Just keep holding on and stay strong baby. It won’t take too long and we will be together as a family.IMG_5373

Eventually, we will have the most important valuable asset in life. Time..

 Soon you can become whoever you want to be, and do whatever you want to do.

Soon you’ll become taller, and bigger, and smarter.

I hope I can still have as many hugs and kisses I am having from you now

Time flies so fast and the thought of you being out of this world alone,

finding yourself,

chasing your dreams,

and making your own destiny frightens me.

Though at the same time, I am anticipating you becoming an amazing and dynamic individual.

Tomorrow morning, we will fly back to the Philippines, then come back to Singapore on Sunday.

It’s alright. We will have at least 36 hours to spend and celebrate your 1st year. It’s not too late, right?

 We love you more than all these words can say. Happy 1st year anak!

God bless you more..

See you tomorrow when you wake up!10748996_864276780249494_1079768037_n

Bunch of kisses and hugs,

Ina 😉