Liam, your birthday is always a good reminder of how you first made me a mummy and how long I’ve been blessed to be one.
Today, you turn 3. THREE! How did we manage to get here without any dread? Must be the way you keep putting smiles on our faces and surprising us with your antics. Not forgetting your quick grasp and understanding of things mixed with a little wit for everyone’s humour.
You are such an imaginative, self-assured, energetic, confident, assertive and inquisitive little chatterbox. Your papa and I often wonder who you take after in terms of personality – since you encompass traits that both of us wished we had more of. We’ve since concluded that we probably did something right in your upbringing in the last three years. And whatever it is, we sure hope to continue doing more of it in the years to come.
The last year was probably the roughest (yet) for you, with so many changes being effected beyond your comprehension. I felt terrible every time I had to impose a time-in/out or chide you hurriedly, most times not having the patience to explain due to circumstances.You were unhappy (and had no qualms expressing this out verbally), but took the disciplinary actions in your stride nonetheless. How does a 2.5 yr old like yourself manage a flurry of mixed emotions while being disciplined and still managing to come running to his mummy for a hug, putting all unhappiness behind you? I don’t know, but for that I’m thankful.
The biggest change for you since your last birthday was probably the arrival of your younger brother, Ollie. And by the same token, we’ve seen the biggest growth in your love and attitude towards him. You’ve been insisting that “didi Oliver” comes along on every family outing that we take you despite our explanation of being logistically challenged, and are always ready to shower him with hugs and kisses whenever he goes to your room and rolls around your bed in the mornings and during his dream feeds. And when it’s time for him to go back to his cot to sleep, you get upset, requesting tearfully if he can stay with you for just a little longer.
You tend to attract people’s attention when we’re out and about. Too often, someone would approach us and ask how old you are (they tend to assume that you’re 4). They compliment on how you articulate and express yourself through the conversations you have with me. Would they ever believe that how you speak is because you watch enough youtube videos of British preschool programs to know which words to use? Heh.
You have this current (and I hope it’s temporary) obsession with play-doh. I read that it instills creativity and am willing to let you play whenever you want to although it drives everyone else at home nuts because pieces of ‘dough’ gets everywhere. You like me to draw out roads, trees and houses on art paper for you to run your cars on. You love fixing things from wedgits, lego to various tomica car sets. You recently learnt how to activate the camera function on your papa’s and mine phone..and golly, it’s tiring to delete 300 burst shots every time you have a go at it. But this is also part of growing up, ain’t it?
We saw that spirit of adventure when we first took you to Universal Studios Singapore last December, and you were gamed to try any and every ride – including the roller coasters that I’ve steered away from. We saw spontaneous learning when we finally gave you a skate scooter that you’ve been yearning for since a year ago and were quick to pick it up after observing how other kids did it at the park. We saw an open mind to learn, when we shuffled you to your first paint class during the recent March holidays and despite the initial crying and apprehension at the sight of an unfamiliar environment and not having me by your side as it was a drop-off class – resulting in your very first painting of your favourite character Peppa Pig which now hangs proudly on our wall. It’s amazing to see how a little being like yourself have so many wonderful traits that your papa & I have seemingly lost over the years. May you never lose your sense of wonderment and curiosity as you take on being a 3-yr-old.
We love you so much our little chungkin. Thank you for always making us seek to be the best mum and dad that we can be, and for letting us improve our parenting through you. Thank you for always making it a point to plant kisses on my cheeks and telling us how much you love us. We are proud of the little boy that you’re becoming and are excited to see what the year ahead will bring you.
Happy Birthday Liam!