Exactly two years ago today at exactly 7:50pm, you came out in this world with a teeny cry... then they plopped you on my tummy all red, slimy and wrinkly and my first thought was... I'M IN LOVE. That love has only strenghthened over time and I cannot believe that my baby boy is suddenly turning two now. You've gone from this tiny little being who feeds like clockwork to an independent little boy with boundless energy.
You have grown so much in the last year. It took you a long time to actually start walking --- you were almost 15 months when you decided to take those steps on your own but you compensated with your speech. You are stringing along three to four words before you are even two! You love "ipopops" (lolipops) and you've seen "ifafalls" (waterfalls) and you constantly ask mommy for "icicles" (popsicles) and you keep talking like there is no tomorrow. You copy all the words that come out of our mouth and you know where to use the proper expressions. You say "Oh No" when you see cars get into an accident on TV, you say (and do) "High Five" when you are enjoying some game and you say "Goo Job, Dy-an" when you know you've done something mommy and daddy are proud of.
In the last few months, you've learned to also run away from us. You hate diaper changes and you hide under tables, chairs and whatever else you can find if you are doing #2. You constantly make a mess but you do enjoy cleaning up sometimes. You love being mommy's little helper and when I swiffer the floor, you want a go at it. You take your own dirty diaper to it's own garbage and know how to operate it yourself. You've learned to put on your own boots, mistake your shirts for your pants, try to put on your own socks and love wearing "bwiefs" (briefs) on top of your diaper.
For the last few months as well, you have been obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine... and any other trains you can get your hands on. We now have a Thomas collection of toys, books, mega-blocks and all sorts of other goodies in the house. You constantly ask to watch Thomas and can name most of the other characters in "Hero of the Rails". You also love Chuggington, Caillou and Toopy & Binoo. Those are on your list when you ask mommy to "watch tv". But best of all, you just love to say "Dy-an iphone" when asking for daddy's iphone so you can watch your "dy-an vi-oes" (Dylan videos). It still baffles me that prior to your 2nd birthday, you know how to operate daddy's phone to watch your videos, play racings games and operate youtube so you can watch your train models.
Earlier this year we've had some scares with you... I am now ever so worried when you get fevers (low or high) as I am terrified that you will have another seizure. We've made a total of five ER trips already, two of them in an ambulance. After the first trip, you suddenly became very attached to your blanket and we now rarely ever see you without. Luckily, we have a few blankets and you've come to learn to love them all so I can always give you a fresh blanket to drag around.
You love dogs, especially Poomba. You're so good that you know what to do after we've let him out for his run. You give him his treats and you tell him to be quiet when he is barking incessantly. You can copy animal sounds and also tell me what animals sounds like when I prompt you for them. You can count from 1 to 10 with some guidance from mommy. You love books and you have your picture books memorized by heart. When you take a fall, I know when you're badly hurt as opposed to when you are being a drama queen. You have finally embraced brushing your teeth as long as I am asking you to open your mouth so we can look for Thomas in there. You love baths but hate it when I wash the shampoo on your face. But the cutest thing of all is when I wrap you in your bathrobe and you walk around the house looking all manly. You always ask for your own cologne after we dress up because that's what you see daddy do all the time.
At night, you have memorized the prayer that we have taught you... adding your own little flair to it. We can prompt you for the prayer which you start off and finish on your own with a little guidance from us. You always thank Jesus for the day, for your family and you always ask for him to keep you safe, healthy and strong. No matter how sleep you are, we can trust that you will quietly say your prayers every night.
It's wonderful to see you growing up and now that mommy is a stay-home mom, I can see all your progress and watch over you. I love that you're growing up to be so independent but you also know how to come back to us and be a little boy. Sometimes in the middle of a game or when you play, you will come running to me just so you can give me a kiss and run off again. You love spontaneous hugs, kisses on your neck and I will never get over your cute little feet that I most love. But you give amazing kisses, my love. Always three... one for each cheek and one for the lips. When you see daddy and I taking a down-time and just lying down cuddling, you always want to get in-between and join in. You are growing up to be such an amazing little boy.
I can't believe how fast time is flying and that my tiny baby is now going to be a Kuya (big brother). I am ever so thankful that prior to Baby Minix' (as you call baby #2) arrival, I am getting a chance to be at home with you so that we can transition you from having us all to yourself to sharing us with your little brother. You are growing up so fast, my little bhubba. And you are growing up so well and no other mommy can ever be as proud as I am right now.
I have so many wishes, hopes, dreams and prayers for your future but all those can wait a little while longer as I would rather cherish these days when you still ask for kisses and hugs, still wants to be cuddled from time-to-time and still asks to be carried. For now, I only ask that you take your time growing up and not rush through your childhood. There are so many wonders to behold and I would love to have you thoroughly enjoy and cherish each one as the years go by.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY LITTLE BOY.
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MORE THAN YOU CAN EVER IMAGINE.
the fun times we have at bowling sessions. the last time we went was august of last year when this photo was taken with some of our dearest friends. this was also the last "date" the hubby and i had sans the little man.
though i wouldn't exchange being a mommy for anything else in this world, sometimes, a breather would be nice.
months ago, i posted my love of my wedding ring on this certain post.
my little man has gotten into the habit of pulling off my wedding ring every chance he gets. he loves taking it from me wearing it on his middle finger while showing it off and saying "pretty". he normally places the ring back on one of my fingers and i normally keep a very watchful eye when he has it.
except a few weeks ago....... (before christmas to be exact).
i just wasn't paying enough attention to him. or maybe i was reading something and didn't realize that he gave it back? i'm not sure... but it has been weeks since i have seen and worn my wedding band.
we have searched the house high and low... looked at every nook and cranny and we still have not found it. i am not even sure if we can find it at this stage.
i am utterly devastated. the hubby said that i should we should get my original engagement ring and band resized so i can wear that but i am so attached to this one... after all, i have been wearing it for the five years we have been married. he even suggested picking out a new ring for me... but my beautiful band is not replaceable.... not even with its imperfections, dents and most of all, the memories it carries from my five year union with the hubby.
I am ecstatic to be having another baby boy on the way. I have always wanted to have a little boy that when Dylan was born, I was beyond the moon. When we found out that we are being blessed with another boy, I could not help but be giddy about it. Two little boys! I am going to have a blast of a time with them. I am already thinking of hockey and swimming lessons... kumon classes and the wonders of letting them explore this world.
And then it hit me today... I will never have a little girl.
Someone to dress up like a live doll, curl her hair, play house with and giggle over silly girly things with. Someone who will play dress-up in my closet or who will love pink and summery dresses and convince me to put nail polish on her at the age of five. I will never be able to plan her debutante ball (a traditional 18th birthday party celebration for our culture) or be able to partake in the planning of her wedding.
I will never have that beautiful little girl who will wrap up her daddy, my hubby, in her tiny little fingers.
Don't get me wrong. I will FOREVER LOVE my boys and will FOREVER BE THANKFUL for them.
But now..... now I am feeling the twinges of sadness that I just might not get that little girl as we have only ever planned for two.
on a side note:i think i will be working extra hard on convincing the hubby these next few years that Baby #3 should definitely be considered! wouldn't it be just wonderful for my two boys to have a baby sister?
my little family is currently in the process of looking for a new place to call home. i have been dreaming up a storm of how i would set-up my new space (given we actually find the perfect one) and i am so in-love with the classic white living room.
i have always loved the stark crispness and pristine serenity that white brings out to any space. knowing me, i would probably add a little touch of green to the space just because it is my favourite colour.
but in any case, below are some of the spaces i covet and would love, love, LOVE to incorporate in my next new home.
the husband just saw this post and commented on how i would keep this type of space clean and pristine with a toddler and another baby on the way.
i have been meaning to get onto this certain post for the last little while but everyone in our household seems to have taken on the winter flu. luckily, we are all recuperating so i am now only able to get back onto my new year's blogging today!
and to think i had so much planned for this post! but alas, i must prioritize and just get onto the pictures rather than the words.
my two favourite boys fooling around
the little bhubba and i
trying on mommy's new runners and busy opening presents!
daddy helps out with the presents
enjoying his most treasured gift of all....
his very own Thomas & Friends train set!
he just ADORES this.
i hope everyone had a wonderful christmas as well as new year! (i slept through new year's... i know, it was sad... but i couldn't help it what with the little man and i sick and all....)