How time flies. I can’t believe you are actually turning 2 in a couple more days. I remembered on your first birthday you only started to learn how to walk and today you are constantly keeping mummy and daddy on our toes.
Just a couple of weeks before you turn 2, we decided that it was about time that daddy put you to sleep instead of mommy. You see most of the nights, you are quite dependent on mommy as you are still fully breastfed. But just a few weeks ago, you allowed me to put you to sleep and I know it’s a sign of approval that you are ok to release the “nen nen” for the night session.
For your age, you are definitely a friendly kid to a certain extend. You never failed to say bye especially to any strangers if you are leaving a certain place, for example the lift. When it comes to eating, you insist on feeding yourself. You refuse to eat food that required your hands and get very annoyed when your hands are dirty. That’s why most of the time you tend to eat with utensils. At the age of 1 and a half, you are already holding the pencil correctly without being taught how. You have indeed amazed us with what you have accomplished for the past 20+ months and to say I’m just proud of you would be an understatement.
I also want you to know that your mother has put in so much dedication and sacrifice in raising you up. You were a fully direct latch breastfed toddler even until now. Even when you were at the age of 1 year old, you refused to take a sip of water, because all you want is to drink directly from mommy’s breast. Sometimes mommy just didn’t have the time to do her own things because she will spend every few hours feeding you. Every night without fail before you sleep, you must have mommy breastfeed you and that is the only best way to calm and put you to sleep.
Most often you will look for mommy when she is not in sight and cling on to her once you find her. We sort of like gave you a nickname our little “Koala Bear”. There are times when you would just cry and cry for no apparent reason and it’s only the comfort nursing of mommy that is able to calm you down. This is the sacrifice that your mum has to put through. Weaning you off has never been an option in the early stage as she wants you to have the very best.
One day when you are older…
Whenever you get angry at your mother, I hope you will remember the patience she had to put through to calm you down every time you cried.
Whenever you have to care for your mother, I hope you will remember how she cared for your well-being more than hers since the day you were born.
Whenever you feel like giving up, I hope you remember the tenacity and strength of your mother in her breastfeeding journey.
Thank you for being my son. I can’t thank God enough for you. I thank God for yet another year of being your dad and seeing you grow to become this fine young boy. I want you to know that no matter what the world tells you, you are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. You are unique and God has a great plan and purpose in your life. You will always be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. You shall lend and not borrow and may God’s greatest blessing be upon you always.
Most of all, what I will remember most about your 2nd birthday is the way I feel about you right now. And that’s the reason why I’m writing this to you. That’s what I think is the best gift I can give you today.
Happy Birthday son. I love you