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Teachable Two

Dear Meimei,

Yippe! You’re officially in the “tiny tot” age! And what does that mean?  Some people describe it as a terrible two stage, and there’s even a website labeled terribletwos! But that’s not how I look at you sweety pie.  Even with your ahia, I can honestly say he was never terrible as what those websites declare.  It was even a big time for him to adjust because we moved to China when he was 23 months… yet in spite the new environment, your papa and I didn’t have problems with him.  Yes we did have difficult times, but hey, even us adults have those days we don’t feel good and we just want to be ourselves or even do “not so nice things”, but that doesn’t mean we’re TERRIBLE…  So when you become a mom someday, never label your kids terrible two ok?  It’s a matter of perspective and the more we believe in the best in our kids, the more we’ll be amazed at how wonderful they could really become at this stage.

According to Erik Erikson, this is the WILL stage wherein you learn to develop wither Autonomy – a sense of being able to handle many problems on your own, or Shame and Doubt if your caregiver, (of course it’s me and papa) refuse to let you perform tasks of which you are capable, or ridicule your early attempts at self-sufficiency.

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Your pa and I allow you certain limits but in areas where we know you can handle, we give you freedom to try to do it, no matter how many times you have to try, we patiently wait until you get it done right. 🙂

You are very teachable plangging.  The day we went home from your hospitalization on your 3rd surgery which was the colostomy closure, you immediately pooped in the toilet bowl! You were only 10 months and now at age 2, you are 85% toilet trained.  Considering that you’re an IMPERFORATE ANUS baby, this is a miracle because many articles say that kids like you can be expected to be “delayed” in toilet training. For the record, you sat on the toilet seat earlier than your ahia did! 🙂

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At 1 year and 3 months you already knew how to blow your nose!  I just showed you how it’s done then you did it on your own.  The older you get, the more teachable you become.  A few months back I started teaching you how to beat the egg and your ahia how to break it.  So now every time we cook and there’s egg, ahia breaks it and you beat it!

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Given a paint and a brush, you can paint on your own.  Given paper and pen, you can draw on your own.  Given toys, you can also play on your own.  However, there are still times (of course) that you say, “MAMA TEACH ME PLEASE.”  I know you just want to spend more time with me, or I guess, you like the tickle time which is usually part of our play time. 🙂  You also like to read and study. I can go on and on with the list, but I won’t.  You’ll discover them from time to time as I continue to write these letters my dear.

My prayer for you little one is that in the coming days, months and even years, you will be more and more hungry to learn new things, in every area of your life.  Every minute with you is a teaching moment.  I think the only time we stop learning is when we’re sleeping, haha.  But more than anything else, it is my heart’s desire that you and your ahia learn and hunger for God’s presence in your lives, that’s why worship and prayer in each day are never absent.  Every morning, we start the day with watching worship videos, we sing and dance as we worship, and we end the night with prayer.  You already know how to worship God and have memorized our bedtime prayer since you were 16 months. Right now you can declare healing upon family members who are sick and even declare healing upon yourself by saying: BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS I AM HEALED!

I will be forever grateful to God for giving you to us, you are a MIRACLE sweetheart.  Each time we see you, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, provision, healing, love, joy and many more.  You are a living reminder to your papa and me that God’s goodness will follow us all the days of our lives.

Happy 2nd birthday Meimei… You are indeed, God’s promise of JOY.

I love you.

Mama

eating your birthday spaghetti

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY My ColorKiddo…

Dear Meimei,

A year ago, April 16, 2009 at 4:44pm I heard your very first cry… I welcomed you to this world by saying these words the very first time I saw you: KAY JOEY GYAPUN ILONG!!! (Still Joey’s Nose!!!)  🙂 When you’re old enough to read this, just ask me or your papa WHY those where my first words when I saw you for the very first time! (ahihihihi)

A few hours later your tita Doc Tett went inside my room and told me that you were healthy except for a small problem… that you had imperforate anus. A lot of my friends asked me what was my first reaction and probably you’ll also wonder when you grow up… I didn’t cry nor did I panic. All I asked was, “So what’s the solution?” Tita Doc then discussed words like you may need colostomy and many other things which were foreign to me but somehow, I knew it was serious. When tita Doc left, the very first thought that encouraged me was the meaning of your name: “Elizabeth Joy” – God’s promise of Joy. Deep in my heart I was assured that no matter what that birth defect meant, you will live a life filled with JOY because that’s who you are and that’s what you’re destined to be, someone who’s JOY will overflow. The 2nd thought that made my heart secure was Psalms 139 where it says that God formed you and He knows everything about you. To me that means God knew that you had that imperfection even before the doctors knew about it. Knowing that He is in control and believing He knows what He’s doing, my heart was in peace. The 3rd thing that God used to assure me that everything has been planned was the song SOMETIMES HE COMES IN THE CLOUDS. Indeed, sometimes our faith can only grow when we can’t see… so sometimes HE comes in the clouds.

a day old with tears in your eyes

April 18th came and your papa flew from China so we can pray for you before you went through with the colostomy. A pastor friend by the name of Ptr. Roger came and prayed with us. In his prayer he said, “Every good and perfect gift is from above so baby Elizabeth is good and is perfect for Joey and Maricar. She may not be perfect for others but she is perfect for this couple.” That prayer made me realize that YES, you are what we needed at this point of our lives because something in us needed to grow and mature as children of God… because He is molding us for His purpose.

papa praying before your surgery

Your papa told me that his heart broke seeing you in that condition, mine did too… Especially when I held you in my arms and saw multiple dots pierced by the needles because every 3 hrs the nurses had to check your sugar level. It was one of those times I wished I were the one in pain and not you. But through it all, through all those 3 operations, you bravely survive, never gave up and never lost your SMILE. You are very brave my darling…

Now it’s your 1st birthday already and look at you! Growing beautifully in the arms of people who love and care for you. Yes, a lot of people love you Meimei and I am grateful to each of them for helping me raise such a happy, contented and chubby princess 🙂 I can’t say that you are a toddler already because everything I see in you is still a baby, except when it comes to eating! Hihihi… But no need to hurry sweety, allow your papa to enjoy your babyhood. It’s fine if you stay there for a few more months 🙂 Papa would want more time to “popo” (carry) you. Just continue to sing your lovely songs because it brightens everyones day. Mama will give you more time to swim because that is your most favorite thing to do now. Seeing water makes you jump for joy and makes you want to dive in!

swimming at Palmas Del Mar

You see Meimei, God brought you into our lives for a bigger reason that just for us to have a daughter. You have changed our lives for the better. God will use us to comfort others the way HE has comforted us… The day you were born was the day colorkiddos was planted in my heart. And after a year, I’ve finally given birth! THIS is why God allowed us to have you my COLORKIDDO!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS LIZZIE… MEIMEI… MING-MING… Elizabeth Joy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY COLORKIDDO! To God be the glory for the things HE has done and will do IN you and THROUGH you.

Love,

Mama
MEIMEI

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