Maxie you are 4 years old today!

My dear Maxie,

You have turned 4 years old. As much as mommy likes to think of you as a baby, let’s face it, you are getting way too heavy to carry. Mommy still tries though, because we all know you won’t want to be carried for much longer.

You are an Ironman super fan. Since last Christmas, you have been asking for various different versions of Ironman toys. You particularly like the little pose-able one that you tape up like a mummy and carry around in a little pouch, and the larger one that can make sound and light up so it can keep you company after we turn off the lights at night time. Mommy and daddy also rented the entire Ironman movie series for you, but you didn’t show as much interest. In a sense, we are very glad. You love animated super hero shows, such as Avengers, Agents of Smash, and Ironman. Mommy and daddy are so happy that you like them just like we do, and they are much less violent and more fun to watch together.

You are still mommy’s baby. It begins every morning, you want mommy to carry you upstairs when you open your eyes, then you want to sit on mommy while you watch your shows to wake up, then you want mommy to make you cold/hot (aka warm) chocolate milk. During the day, you want mommy to fix your toys, change your shows, help you go to bathroom, make your favorite food or drinks, fetch your toys, and help you stop Ravi from chasing you. At night, you want mommy to take you out of the bath early, put on your pajamas, put on your socks, and squeeze you before you fall asleep. Sometimes you would get angry if mommy tries to get daddy to fill in. Mommy secretly guesses that you ignore daddy to show how important mommy is to you. But we all know that you are changing. During the next phase in your life, your daddy will play a much more important role in your life, so mommy is going to enjoy being glued to you for as long as you let me.

You love sword fighting with daddy. Though you are still at an age where the only person that matters to you is mommy (daddy can call your name for 10 minutes without you taking any notice), there are a few thing you love daddy for. The most fun one is sword fighting and it is on every night before bed time, with foam swords and shields on soft beds. Both you and your brother would charge toward daddy and daddy would defend himself against the wall. Often times one of you would go way overboard, then daddy would “punish” you by taking you to “Tickle Town” while the other attacks relentlessly. One of Maxie’s favorite attacks on daddy is canon ball. It worked well when you were 20 lbs, but now you are much heavier and does really hurt daddy, so unfortunately canon ball attacks will have to end. Mommy is very happy about being left out of this boys fest, so she can have a few minutes “alone” to catch up on other things.

You are still an early riser. Mommy can only guess that most mornings you wake up earlier than mommy. But you would raise your head and look around. If mommy is still sleeping next you, you would put your head down and sleep a little more. If you mommy is longer around, you would grab your blankets and look for mommy upstairs where you always finds her. There are still some mornings when you would choose to wake up mommy and ask her to carry you upstairs. Mommy is very thankful that those mornings are much fewer and most of time you are very good at trying to sleep a little longer.

You still have a very narrow taste pallet. Even though you are a better eater in quantity than your brother, you are less willing to try new food. From information mommy and daddy gathered, it may be due to your sensitivity to smell and taste. We understand this phase will pass and we promise that once you are ready, mommy is willing to make you all kinds of yummy food to make you fatter. In the meantime, you seem to choose foods that are not so good for you, such as store bought chicken nuggets (not interested in the organic homemade chicken nuggets mommy makes), hot dog, and Kraft’s Mac and Cheese. For a while you would only eat plain white rice. You show no interest in eating fruits or vegetable or meat in most cases. Once upon a time you used to eat apple sauce and fresh fruit shake, but you refuse them now. It is struggles for mommy to make you something to eat every day, but mommy will keep trying.

Your latest doctor visit had confirmed that you are still a skinny boy. Little less skinny than last year since your your Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile has climbed from 1% from a year ago to 5% currently. To that, mommy and daddy believe is only temporary, as we have noticed that you have not shown any growth in height recently, and it is only a matter of time for your next growth spurt at which you will level down to 1%, and that’s the baby we know!

In recent months, you have learned to ride your scooter and became proficient. We must have had them for years and Ravi had mastered his long ago, but you chose to ignore your scooter’s existence. Only until recently did you show any interest at all. Could it be you are finally tired of Ravi going way faster than you in the yard chase? While you are mastering riding your scooter, your brother had graduated to the next level, a shiny blue bike! You so wanted one, and regularly hopped onto to Ravi’s to try it out even though it is too big for you. Thankfully, your daddy, our Larger Expense Approver (no kidding, that’s his title!), has a weak spot for you in his heart and reluctantly approved this purchase. Your shiny red bike arrived and you are so happy! Now that you and Ravi are both starting to learn, let’s see who can master it sooner.

My dear Maxie, you are such a super cool kid, and mommy and daddy loves you so much. I hope you feel it every day in our kisses and hugs, or sword swings and tickles. Every time we look into your eyes, we are so proud to be yours.

Love,

Mommy and Daddy

Ravi you are 6 years old today!

Ravi turned 6 years old in March. Oh boy has he grown.

He still loves his homemade chocolate milk first thing in the morning, and then some more when he gets home at night. Ravi gave me the vote of confidence the other day when he tasted some packaged chocolate milk, and instantly went “yuck!” Ravi is so attached to his chocolate milk that I often worry he would freak out during our vacations since they don’t make chocolate milk the same way I do. Though he complains, he still drinks it.

Ever since I introduced Nutella on toasted bread to Ravi when he was 2, it has been his meal staple. Ravi has had a very narrow taste pallet for many years and just in the last year were we able to introduce apple, carrots, broccoli into his diet. So when everything else fails, I will serve him Nutella on bread. Even to this day, I pack a Nutella sandwich for him every day as back up just in case the lunch they serve at school isn’t to his fancy.

He still loves his blanket. It is his must have companion to bed every evening. It is now so small compared to his size and frayed at the edges, with the bunnies barely visible to naked eyes. Ravi cherishes it so much. He often wraps it into a ball and gently cuddles or rubs it against his face. I often show him his new born picture with the same blanket wrapped around his little body and watch him giggle.

One item that has gained importance to Ravi’s life is his ipad. He lovingly calls it his ipaddy! I can’t keep track of how many times he has dropped it onto the floor; even the strongest shock resistant Otter Defender ipad case has been broken by him twice! Ever since last Christmas when Ravi watched his cousins play games on their devices, he has become addicted to ipad gaming. Initially he needed much help; soon he began to surpass master gamer, daddy, on games like Minion Rush. He is now able to be fully functional on his ipad. He looks up games in the Apps store (I don’t know how he does this since he is just learning words right now) and then requests us to down load them so he can play it. Before you know it, he has dozens of games to bounce around. More amazingly, he has learned to play multiple games without being able to understand most words and minimum guidance from us.

Ravi still has an affinity for Transformers. In fact, he has over half a dozen different Transformers games on his ipad to choose from. His favorite, Angry Birds Transformers, is one he opens up on a regular basis. Recently, he has gotten both Mommy and Daddy hooked on a game called monster legends. We now all play it and have fun together. He has also gotten old enough to play Gauntlet with his Daddy on the computer. It has been so much fun that even Maxie is into it these days.

Ravi still loves his scooter and is very adept at turning and going fast. We’ve gone to the playground and he has fun just zipping around on his scooter. He also likes to go for walks with his Daddy at the play area. Ravi and Daddy go around the park, holding hands and just talking. He seems to remember it from earlier and it is still a lot of fun for him. It is also wonderful to see Ravi walk everywhere now without having to sit in the stroller all the time. On our recent cruise, we had three land trips that involved about a mile of walking and he was able to handle it.

Ravi still likes to sleep in like his Dad. While Mommy and Maxie are early birds, with Max waking up as the Sun comes up, Ravi and his Dad are known for sleeping in really late. Just this last weekend they didn’t stir until noon! It seems you are shaping up to be a night owl just like your Dad.

 

Ravi,

Over the last year you have grown and developed an interest in games and gaming. It’s been fun playing computer games and ipad games with you. As you’ve gotten older, your ability to interact and have deep conversations and activities has also grown. We can see in the not too distant future that hanging out with you will be a lot of creative fun; mostly because you are a creative wild little boy that shares a lot of interests with your parents. Never stop learning and creating!

Love,

Mommy and Daddy.

Ravi’s 5 Yrs and Maxie’s 3 Yrs Check Up

In beginning of June, we paid our annual visit to Dr. Lerner of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital for Ravi and Maxie’s annual visit.  Since Mario and I so rarely visit where we spent our early years of adulthood, we have always tried to make a day trip out of the doctor visits.  Fate did not fail us; everything turned out fabulously for this day.  Not only did we experience the lightest traffic possible under LA’s freeway conditions and devoured a dozen of cookies plus ice cream at the famed Diddy Riese, we were also told that the boys are in great health.  Just to knock it out of the park, we also found out that Ravi and Maxie have both experienced a significant growth spur.

Ravi’s growth has been relatively consistent up to this point, with height around 50% and weight oscillating from 10% to 25%.  Last year, Ravi’s measured 55% height, this year he dialed in at 81%; whereas his weight increased only slightly from 15% to 25%. Ravi is doing just fine and still has the possibility of being much taller than both of his parents!

Maxie on the other hand has always been a small boy.  Born three weeks early at 6.5 lbs, he is a whole one lb and a few ounces lighter than Ravi!  Throughout his first two years he’s been consistently one of the smaller kids in his class.  I had already made peace with the idea of him being a short guy when he is fully grown, but surprise, surprise!  Compared to last year’s 15% in height, Maxie has climbed dramatically to 65%, far beyond our expectation.  His weight also increased from 8% last year to 15%!  I don’t know why I didn’t notice it, Maxie has suddenly becoming too tall to rest comfortably in my lap.  His head used to rest slightly lower below my head, but now I have to shift my head to the side to accommodate his growing frame.  Suddenly it is possible for him to be as tall as Ravi.  Who knows what this year will bring.

A good day!  I will always remember it.

-Flo.

 

 

Maxie! You are 3 years old today!

Hi Maxie,

You turned 3!  In the last three years, you gave us such a different parenting experience.  You are fun, strong willed, passionate, stuborn, curious, and inventive boy, and watching you grow up makes Daddy and Mommy very very happy! For your birthday celebration this year, we had tons of fun at your school birthday party, got you some kick-ass Transformer toys, and best of all we all went to Disneyland together as a family for the very first time.  I hope you will remember this celebration for years to come.

You are a strong angry little boy. You like to show  your temper when you don’t get your way. Your arms immediately get crossed, the strong ‘humph’ comes out and you start pouting and staring down whoever isn’t listening to you. If you really get angry, the waterworks turn on and these big tears pour down your face to show how you are really really unhappy with whatever decision has been made. Daddy has been taking time to talk about rules and how the world works and what not, but I don’t know if you get that some things can’t be done and some things aren’t allowed. Give it time; you’ll learn to pick your battles better.

You are currently being potty trained and it’s going awesome! You are doing much better than your brother did at this age. There was not a single accident during our 6 hour plus trip to Disneyland! That is truly amazing! We are very proud of you at how quickly you seemed to get a handle on this potty training thing. To tell you the truth Mommy and Daddy were dreading it since you are still very young in our eyes.

You absolutely love Play Doh (while your Mommy and Daddy absolutely can’t stand it). That’s not entirely true. Your Mommy made play doh for you just a little while ago, but we’ve kind of weaned you off it right now as you can do all the play doh playing you want at school. We still have a lot of play doh toys and you do play with it at home, it’s just not our first choice of toys. You love watching play doh product reviews on YouTube all the time, so I guess you get your hourly play doh fix that way.

You are a very funny boy. You have this personal laugh that is a small staccato set of laughs, usually around three to five, that each seam to be at a higher pitch than the last one. This is your natural laugh. When you try and make a joke, you also add in your own personal laugh track so that Mommy and Daddy get it. I know, I know, Mommy and Daddy are slow, but if you give us a chance we can still show you that we’re still hip. We got it. I can do the Macarena (I think?). When you do this joke laugh they are much longer and deeper laughs and they’re all the same pitch. They are still funny, but they can also be annoying because you do them when you do something bad and know that you might get in trouble for it. You’re just hoping that Mommy and Daddy laugh off your latest transgression and that humor will help assuage the situation and get you out of a punishment. The sad thing is that we know what your doing, yet this almost always works with me and fairly often with your Mommy. What can we say other than that we love your little laugh.

You and Daddy sing songs in bed together. You do the same funny joke songs that your brother does (like singing you A B Poopies), but Daddy’s favorite song to sing with you is the Itsy Bitsy Spider song. We sing it as a little spider (with a high pitch) and as a big spider (and a low pitch). It is funny and also incredible that you understand that little kids speak with tiny high voices and big people speak with deep big  voices. So a song about a big spider needs a big booming voice and vice versa. It took me awhile to understand why we were singing the way we were singing, but after I got it, I loved it. I love seeing you think and learn, just like your brother.

You are a such adventurous little boy. You love to take a challenge and will not back down from a physical activity just because it looks scary. I’ve helped you climb the rock walls at the playground which go up for probably 10-12 feet. And you’d do them over and over. You also don’t mind scary and somewhat older kid shows. You have a bigger push and want to watch teen cartoons, which can be scary at times.  We’ve watched Transformers: Prime, GI Joe, Star Wars Clone Wars and other 10 plus year old cartoons and you haven’t been fazed by them.

Your words and sentences are getting much much better. Daddy and Mommy can almost understand every word you say these days and your sentences have full subjects and verbs. You’re getting very good at expressing  yourself when you’re happy, but you still don’t seem to want to or be able to talk when you’re angry. Daddy tells you to use your words, but you just usually show me the crossed arms and pout instead. Don’t worry it’ll all come with time.

You absolutely love swimming and your swim instructor Adriano! We just have to tell you that we’re going swimming and you (and also recently your brother) have been super excited to go and learn how to swim. You have a pair of goggles that you love and it’s one of the most fun times for the whole family. Your Daddy was a swimmer and I lettered in High School on the swim team, so it’s awesome that you’re pursuing something that I can relate to. Keep it up and hopefully within a couple of years you’ll be learning your strokes!

One thing Mommy loves about you growing up is that you no longer wake up screaming at the top of your lungs at 6AM in the morning.  In fact, before you turned two, you used to wake up screaming a few times a night, no one wanted to sleep in the same room with you.  These days you wake quietly, get up, grab your blankie, and go upstair to find Mommy waiting with a bottle of warm chocolate milk.  Thank you so much, Maxie, for the extra hour of sleep.

Daddy and Mommy just want to leave this post reminding you that we love you very very much and we are so excited with how old and capable you have gotten. We can’t wait to see how great you’re going to be when you’re all grown up!

 

Love,

 Daddy and Mommy

Maxie’s 3rd Birthday Celebration

I blinked, then suddenly you are 3 YEARS OLD!!! 

In the morning of your birthday, mommy took this picture (selected from 50+ from different angle and lighting).  You still look so much like when you were a baby.  Mommy love you so much!

 

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Maxie just woke up on his birthday

Opening your first birthday present

Maxie opening his first birthday present, Transformer Grimlock and Bruticus set.

For your birthday celebration, mommy took off two days to properly prepare all the bake goods for your party at day care, ignoring daddy’s advise to “de-scope,” thinking its better to have more than less.  Mommy made: white cupcakes with mint buttercream frosting, cake pops, G1 Bumblebee sugar cookies, and bears on the beach jello cups.  I got to tell you those were two stressful days.  Without help from Mom and Apa, mommy wouldn’t have made it on time.  This time around, mommy had time to make balloon animals!  And that was a huge hit at your class.

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Bears on the Beach jello cups. Thanks for Apa for assembling them all!

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G1 Bumblebee sugar cookies, finished product.

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G1 (generation 1) Bumblebee (Volkswagon Bug) sugar cookie assembly line.

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Cake pops!

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White cupcakes with the most delicious Mint Buttercream frosting.

Your party lasted only 30 minutes.  Little three year old had limited stomach space, especially after candies from the morning’s egg hunt (this year your birthday fell on the Friday before the Easter Weekend).  Most kids loved the G1 Bumblebee cookies and the jello cups.  Maybe next time mommy will take daddy’s advise to de-scope.

Love,

Mommy.

Ravi! You are 5 years old today!

Hi Ravi,

Today you are five years old! Congratulations on turning into a little boy. You have come very far in a very few short years. Your Mommy and Daddy are very proud of you. As always, we just want you to remember what you did when you were just a little five year old.

You’re still heavily into Transformers. You just saw the preview for the new Transformers and, while you would normally be scared of potentially violen scenes, you actually watched it all the way through and told us both how you wanted to see that movie. You still love Optimus Prime and now spend tons of time creating ‘picture’ books of your favorite Transformers. Your grandpa got you a Metroplex and we got you a Devastator for Christmas and this year your grandpa got you a power-up Optimus Prime and Omega Supreme for your birthday! We even gave all of  your classmates a Kre0 Micro-changer Transformer in their goodie bag for your birthday party.

You still love Legos! We see you spend tons of time each night playing with your Legos. It is wonderful to see that building spirit and drive manifest in you and we also love to see the ‘cool’ design concepts you keep coming up for a Lego Optimus Prime. We went and saw the Lego movie a while back, and let me remind you, it was awesome!!  True to the movie, your Daddy follows the rules every day and drinks his daily cup of overpriced coffee. We all loved the Lego movie and we were so happy to see  you actually sit through nearly the entire movie. (You still wanted to leave after an hour, but I was able to convince you to stick it out.) We can’t wait for you to join the Lego league next year, and don’t worry, Daddy won’t butt in and join with you. You can do this all by yourself if that’s what you want.

You have taken to calling Daddy a bad daddy all the time. While it breaks my heart every time I hear you say this, I just want you to know that I still love you very much. I tell your Mom all the time about how I love your hobbies and am so nervous about whether you’ll love the same hobbies that your Daddy does. I just want you to know that even if you don’t love the hobbies that I do, I will always encourage you in your interests. Your Daddy just wants to be the ‘wind beneath your wings’. I don’t want to force you to be like me or to mold you into what I or anyone expects you to be… I just want you to be comfortable and confident being Ravi. And remember, I still and always will love you!

You are much more independent than you were even a year ago. I can watch you play by yourself for hours only occasionally yelling at Mommy and Daddy for the juice you want right now! That is a big improvement over last year. You still are afraid of being alone, but I believe that you are a lot braver than you’ve ever been before. And always remember you’re growing taller, stronger, and older (just like Will.I.am says)!

My dear Ravi, mommy wants to remind you that you have always been and will be the most amazing thing in my life.  You taught me to love bigger and braver.  While I never thought it could be possible, my love for you and your brother grows each day, and it’s so enormous that it would blow your mind!   You have such a sparkle in you, such creativity!  Your little hands are capable of drawing and building so many mind boggling contraptions!  Last night when we lay in bed, you told me about the planets in our solar system, saturn has rings, pluto is no longer considered a planet… When did you learn all this stuff? Why are you growing so fast that mommy can no longer keep up?  If I can ask anything of you, please always be my boy, when you are five, fifteen, or fifty.  Mommy wants nothing more than to have the privilege of being a part of your life.

Love,

Daddy and Mommy

 

Ravi, the Destroyer of Socks

Almost everyday Ravi would come home with a new hole (or holes) in his socks, and it has been going on like this for weeks!  It is like magic: new socks on in the morning, a sock with a hole at night thrown into the trash.  There’s barely 10 hours in between.  So I made it my top priority to buy a dozen pairs of new socks for him during my Black Friday shopping trip.  Hopefully these will last him till Christmas.

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-Flo.

Ravi’s Half Circus Experience

A month ago my sister and nieces came to LA for a visit.  To celebrate their arrival grandpa and grandma bought tickets to take everyone out to the Ringling Brother’s Circus show at Nokia Theater.  There was much anticipation for this event since Ravi and Max have never been to a circus show before, and going there for the first time with their cousins was definitely going to be more exciting than anything else.

On the day of the show Ravi was so excited.  The show took place in mid afternoon and, as planned, Maxie napped on the drive over to the show.  Despite our warming, Ravi never even tried to rest.  He kept talking and singing during the drive, then half way through the show he fell asleep in my arms and didn’t wake up till the show ended.

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We were so sad that he missed these wonderful moments.  At least we have pictures to show him.

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-Flo.

Ravi, You Are 53 Months Old Today!

My Dear Ravi,

You have turned 53 months old today!  In this past month, you have settled nicely into your new pre-K class and had to meet growing expectations from your new teacher.

You are now a fantastic sleeper.  Mommy would never have believed it when you were an infant, crying all night unless you were walked and rocked.  Today, you and your dad compete for the top sleeper spot in our family.  Even though you refuse to nap, once we get you down you could sleep for hours!  In the morning you are always the last to wake.  My oh my, you have come a long way.

Your new teacher at school has requested that we let you grow up!  You loved having mommy drop you off to class every morning, because mommy always carry you to your class.  That’s when mommy gets a few private moments to kiss you a few dozen times as we chat along the way.  One day, your teacher cornered me and told me that I need to help you grow up.  She outlined several areas for “improvements.”  One, you need to walk to class instead of being carried; two, you need to carry in your own lunch bag; three, you need to eat your own meals instead of getting fed by mommy.  Apparently you have asked your teacher to feed you during lunch and she was aghast to find out that your mommy (and grandma) are still feeding you everyday.  So now we have to play by her rule… but mommy still carries you when we are at home, and grandma still feeds you your favorite Chinese noodles because you can’t use chopsticks yet 🙂  Daddy has promised to keep mum so no one at school will find out.  Problem solved!

Mommy is also being forced to grow up with you.  Mommy now has “homework” from your teacher everyday.  A few weeks ago mommy found out that she didn’t bring your swim trunks for your beach day, then a few days later white shirt for your tied dye day.  When mommy show up empty handed at you class, your new teacher always asked “did you read the calendar?”  What?  What is this mystical piece of document?  … Oh, that’s the sheet that mommy always discards without a glance at its contents.  Oops, bad mommy!  Apparently your new teacher has taken this calendar concept very seriously and lists daily activities and required materials on it and expects parents to bring them in on cue.  Mommy struggled with this for several weeks and missed bringing things in.  Finally at beginning of August, mommy officially taped up your new calendar on the wall of the entrance hall so it gets reviewed every morning.  Let’s hope mommy will not drop the ball anymore.

You had a pirate day at school.  This is before mommy paid any attention to your calendar and found out about it only two days before it took place.  By then, it was already too late to order anything from Amazon.  So the night before, mommy took off of work early and hit the stores.  When I got home, you and your brother were so excited so I had dressed both of you up.  Oh boy you were so adorable wearing an eye patch and a skull sash on your waist, waving foam swords and muttering fake pirate non-sense.  You had on your pirate costume on all night and couldn’t wait to get it back on the next morning.  When we got to school, you were the center of everyone’s attention, all the other kids were so excited to see your costume and curious to touch your sash and sword.

My darling Ravi, you told mommy that you are no longer her baby, because you are a big boy now.  That made mommy both proud and sad.  Sad, because mommy wants so much to hold on to that little boy in you.  Over time, the distance between us will grow, but I will remember the days when mommy was your everything.

 

Love,

-Mommy

Ravi, You Are 52 Months Old Today!

My Dear Ravi,

You have turned 52 months old today!

You have officially started pre-school.  You are excited to go to your new class in the morning, which is filled with fun big boy toys and games.  It is even better when you made the transition with all your old friends you grew up with you, plus a few new ones.  Watching you being so engaged in playing has made mommy happy with the decision of keeping you in the same school.

You are eating so much better than before.  Before you were three years old, you used to refuse to eat for days at a time.  You made mommy worry all the time.  That’s why mommy is so happy with the new you.  You now eat large meals, though there were some meals you would skip.  Mommy used to be sad to see you bring back your entire lunch from school untouched, but now you have begun to eat.  There were even times when you would come home and proudly proclaim that you had eaten your entire lunch!  You still don’t eat vegetables and very few fruits, but mommy is very proud of your improvements.

You keep getting beat up by your little brother.  We thought being two years older you would defend yourself pretty well against any attack from your little brother, but no, you still keep getting beat up.  Half of the time you would yell out loud or complain, the other half you would pinch your brother back or hit him on his head.  Though mommy and daddy are against any fighting between brothers, we do want you to tactfully engage with your brother and at least stand-up to the pint-sized bully (who is a head shorter than you).

You have finally visited Legoland.  Ever since your daddy told you that such a place existed, you have been begging us to take you there.  But we had being so busy that we didn’t get a chance till the last few weekends.  During our trip there you were so excited.  But suddenly you wanted to go home after the first 2 hours, which really surprised us.  We thought you didn’t like Legoland, but you kept asking to go back there the very next day, so we took you there once more a week later.  This time you were able to get on more rides and had so much more fun.  Daddy even got you some really cool lego toys for the way back.  Those were such fun trips for the whole family that we plan to go back there often.

You have taken your first swimming lesson.  Mommy and daddy have begged you to take swimming classes for two years now, but you always refused.  You are not a huge fan of water, sometimes you don’t even want to play in the kiddie pool at school.  We kept trying and one day you relented for a brief moment.  We took this opportunity and booked you an evaluation section at the local aquatic school and off we went!  You were crying and scared at first but warmed up to your instructor and even took steps into the pool to play for 15 minutes!  We were so proud of you.  We put you onto the wait list and hope that someday very soon you will be able to regularly take swimming lessons.

My dear Ravi, you have gotten so big that it is becoming very hard for mommy to carry you, but mommy still loves to carry you because I know that one day very soon I would loose this privilege.  One day very soon you won’t want to play with mommy anymore.  I hope that day would never come, but if it does, please remember all these moments mommy held and loved you.

Love,

Mommy.