My First Born Son,
Tomorrow will be your 3rd birthday. These three years have gone by so quickly, yet I can’t remember what my life was like before you became a part of it. I always wanted to be a Mama; you have brought me joy since the day of your birth.
When you were seven weeks old, we moved back to Laos, where Papa and I had been working before you were born. I wasn’t sure how difficult it would be to raise a baby in a foreign land, away from my family and friends. It didn’t take long to see that you brought JOY to the people we met all over Laos, just by being your cute, smiley, friendly self. I saw a new side of Laos. It amazed me how people seemed to love you everywhere we went. You were gracious and posed for pictures with strangers, allowed people to hold you, and always returned their smiles. At 5 months you were crawling. At 10 months you were walking. My days were busy and full, taking care of you and trying to protect you from the hazards that came along with your newfound mobility.You made friends in Laos, Thailand, China, and Malaysia in your first year of life.
At your first birthday party, you had more than 100 guests show up to an open invitation. Students, colleagues, friends and neighbors. Everyone wanted to celebrate YOU!
I have enjoyed this past year; watching you grow, and turn from a toddler into a full-fledge little boy right before my eyes. You have become more skilled at expression your thoughts and ideas verbally. I am amazed as I watch your person hood emerge. You make me laugh on a daily basis!
I love you, Jojo. You are excited about your birthday party. It brings me great joy to hear you talk excitedly about your “Bah-ey-go” (Diego) birthday cake that you chose from the bakery website. I’m looking forward to seeing you celebrate your birthday with American friends for the first time.
I love you, baby boy. I wish I could more eloquently express my affection for you, my pride in the boy you are becoming, and my eagerness to watch you grow and develop.
The best is yet to be,