Xuheng, you are a year old today!

Dear Xuheng,

You turn one year old today! How time flies! Last year, on this day, at this time, Papa was busily whatsapp-ing your Yeye, Nainai, Wai Gong and Wai Po the pictures of your first moments on this earth.

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Papa and Mummy are so thankful for you. Your presence has turned our lives literally upside down, but we are so proud to be your parents.

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You are such a sweet little one. Sometimes when someone you are not familiar with wants to carry you, you would smile sweetly at him and then decline his offer by burying your head in Papa’s chest.

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You love being with Papa and Mummy. You literally Laugh Out Loud LOL when we arrive at the infant care to pick you up. You are so happy to see us you literally scramble to crawl towards us with all your might, giggling all the way, to be scooped up in our arms.

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You are the happiest when you get to spend time during the weekends with Papa and Mummy. You coo with delight and flash that warm, toothy smile of yours whenever you see Papa give Mummy a hug or a kiss!

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You love exploring and crawling around to find things to play that you have never played with before. Give you a toy you have never played with before and it can entertain you for really long!

Your favourite is ‘Bah!’. You started out somehow with a longer syllable “mmmbah” but it changed over time and now you like to say “Bah! Bah! Bah!”.

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Like your daddy, you are a real foodie! You never have a problem finishing your food, whatever we feed you, even when you are feeling unwell! You wail when the food runs out and love anything you can eat, including medicines and cod liver oil!

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You love taking photos and have learnt to smile whenever we take family selfies together!

You love being in the outdoors, for us to bring you on walks in your stroller to see things! You giggle, squeal and kick your legs in delight whenever you see daddy pushing the stroller towards the open door.

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Xuheng, you have changed us so much. Papa has learnt to live with little sleep with you around. I haven’t had more than 4 hours of extended sleep in the past 1 year since you were born! I may sometimes be impatient with you, but I am also learning to be calmer when taking care of you.

You have brought Papa and Mummy closer together as we work together with (mostly) flawless chemistry to take care of you and make sure you get good rest every night. We work our daily routines around yours and have had to give up many of our other interests to make good our commitments as parents to you.

Your presence and our love for you has prompted us to re-think our priorities in life and consider many options for work and play we have never thought of before. Gone are the frivolous pursuits like cafe-hopping (though Daddy still always loves a good meal), paktor dates with mummy are rarer now and replaced with more mundane but nevertheless equally lovely activities like a stroll by the Punggol Waterway. Your eyes roam to and fro taking in the sights around you while Papa and Mummy walk arm-in-arm chatting about our lives. Many things we used to think were important have faded into the background; while many other values have become strengthened in the process.

Xuheng, you are the source of such joy and pride to us, your parents. This is a joy so deep, it is almost indescribable with words. This joy is most pronounced each evening when Papa finishes his work and with a leap of his heart, he rushes off to see you and pick you up from whoever is caring for you that day. This joy found too, when you lie in my arms, drowsy and falling asleep (NOT when you refuse to sleep!) and I find in myself a tenderness towards your young being I have never experienced before.

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Xuheng, how you touch the depths of our being.. all this without a single word except ‘Bah!’. All with just who you are in God’s image.

Xuheng, we love you with all our hearts!

Love,

Papa and Mummy

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