Up to now, I still can’t believe that the baby who is sitting on my lap right now is a year old already. How time flies! I am really blessed to have been chosen by God to bring one of His most wonderful and precious creations into life. Louiji, here’s a love letter that I lovingly dedicate to you. Talk about love overload!
Dearest baby Louiji,
I could have written this letter on the exact day of your birthday, January 14, but I was busy making preparations for your biggest milestone. I wanted to make sure that that day will be really special for you and for our whole family. I also think that the greatest gift that I can give you on your birthday is to be present and to savor every moment of that day with you. We had a very intimate celebration that day because it was just you, Mommy and Daddy. I hope you had fun during our late lunch at Contis Nuvali eating your bowl of arroz caldo. Well, for me, it looked like you did. We were so amused when you kept on looking at the waitress and following her around with your gaze! It was the first time that you did that. There are people who are really charming to kids and she is one of them.
I hope that you will also remember when your cousin Zeia, Tita Julian, Tito Homer, Granny and Lolo came in early in the morning to personally greet you. They were just in time because you just woke up. Tita Julian even made a birthday greeting photo of you and Zeia on Facebook. Kuya Dionne made a greeting card for you on paper with drawings of Mickey Mouse. Anak, these are all priceless birthday presents that I pray that you will value and cherish as you grow up.
At this day too, you’ve had your first birthday cake smash. I just got the idea on Pinterest and I thought that we can also do the same for you. It’s a fun experience that I want you to have on your first birthday. We have set up a corner of our living room for that. I finished your birthday banner which will serve as your backdrop and decorated the small but yummy cake that Daddy bought the night before with washi tape, paper straws and your Mickey Mouse and Pluto plastic figures. We sang you the birthday song as I place the cake in front of you. I was relieved that you did not attempt to touch the lighted candle. I blew it for you when the song ended because you don’t know how to do it yet. After that, instead of smashing the cake, you just poked on its sides and played with it a little without messing on your bib or tray. I smiled as I watched you do it. I thought that you didn’t whack the cake because you don’t want to ruin the toppers that Mommy made for you that morning. I love you (more) for that, baby! You’re showing signs of appreciating Mommy’s craft!
Looking back at the past 11 months, I can’t help but be amazed and grateful of how God has blessed and saw us through the entire period of your infancy. Daddy and I are first time parents and though we read a lot and asked for parenting tips from older parents, we still had hits and misses. God made sure that you, one of His most beautiful creations, is always safe, protected and lack nothing. Through all those months, you have never been seriously sick. Mommy still has breast milk to give you up until now. Your appetite for solid food is something that we are really proud of. You’re not a picky eater. Your growth and development milestones continue to surprise us. You’re beginning to be more and more mobile and so I want to make an extra effort to keep the whole house spic and span (Help me, God!) so it will be safer for you to roam around.
To close this love letter, I’d like to say a prayer for you. I pray that the Lord will always bless you and keep you. The Lord makes His face shine upon you. May you grow up to be a God-fearing person, a man of good character, integrity, godly wisdom. I pray that you always be healthy and happy. I pray for all the good things in your life.
I love you forever my dear baby Louiji!!!!
Hugs and kisses,