Today my sweet little boy turned 3!!!
Even as I watch and cuddle him as often as I can, I find myself stunned by the passage of time… both at how quickly it seems to have passed, and simultaneously how very much has happened in these three precious years of his life.
LEONARD MAKSALON TABAH… born on December 22, 2010… a few weeks ahead of schedule he was our Christmas blessing. And while he arrived earlier than expected, he certainly took his time to make his grand entrance.
And since the moment he arrived, he has brought joy into our lives. I will never forget the cuddles of those early months… when Leo had reflux and so I carried him in the sling all the time… sleeping upright with him resting against my chest so that we could both get as much rest as possible. And no matter what was happening, he always smiled. His sisters, of course, could make him giggle better than anyone. Still today, no one can cheer him up better than his sisters. He turns to them with his big blue eyes for support, for inspiration, for comfort, for advice… and happily copies anything they do. He is love. He is joy. He is peace. He is courage.
Every day her reminds me to be present and to forget my to do list for a moment to cuddle on the couch with a book. He loves to be carried and offers hugs and kisses without reservation. He can kick a ball for hours… and ride his two wheeler without end. He is full of energy and can run circles around the house… inside and out. And he never hesitates to settle in when an offer of a good book is available… whether by mama, or his big sisters (who adore reading to him).
he will tell anyone who listens that ‘i’m three’… displaying it proudly on his hand. quickly followed by… ‘i am a big little boy.’ he is excited to start school… but ‘not yet’… and that is just fine with me.
For his birthday he wanted something small, with a few close family friends (and his sisters too, of course). His one request was that we all sing Happy Birthday in as many languages as possible… as he listened patiently and intently we did our best in English, Spanish, Polish, French and Italian!!! Mama loves you little man… today and always. Happy Birthday my sweetheart… happy birthday my perfect, courageous, compassionate, talkative, inspiring, strong, gentle lion.