Archive | August, 2013

2013 Luau Celebrating End of School Year at SMAP

16 Aug

I can’t believe that the school year is coming to an end!  I started in January as a very shy and cautious boy, barely speaking.  And now, almost 9 months later, I am talking, communicating and exploring.  I have made some very close friends at SMAP and I am looking forward to the next couple of years.

I want to share this great video by Ibuki’s papa.  He captured the fun from the luau. Thank you, Konishi-san!


As you can see, Michi-san has created a great family atmosphere. I can’t imagine being at a better school than SMAP!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Cedro!

5 Aug

Dear Cedro,

Today you are 3 years old! You have been waiting for this day for several months now, proudly holding up 3 fingers when asked how old you’ll be. It’s amazing how much you’ve grown since your 2nd birthday.

It has been a very exciting year. I wish I could say that it’s a walk in the park now that the Terrible Two’s are behind us, but you have a very strong and stubborn personality that will hardly go away now that you are 3. Not only are you bigger and taller, but you are more communicative and more willful.

It seems like just yesterday when I thought you were arriving on August 4th, but true to your namesake, you had your own agenda. Cedro — my “strong gift” — arrived after 23 hours of labor; most of which was while you were sunny-side-up putting a lot of pressure on my back. Your Papa reminded me this morning of the moment towards the end of labor when I was finally asking for “Dr. Feelgood” and that epidural! I laugh about it now because I hardly remember the pain. I just think about how lucky we were that you were healthy.

You have experienced several major milestones:

  • FULLTIME DAYCARE: You have been attending daycare from Monday through Friday for over a year now!
  • SLEEPING IN A BED: You haven’t slept in a crib since last year. You have been sleeping in your own bed in your own room since we moved back to our new place here in LA in January of this year.
  • SPEAKING: Your language skills and vocabulary have really boomed since starting SMAP Childcare 8 months ago. You favor Japanese since you are completely immersed in Japanese at daycare, but you have plenty to say in Tagalog and in English, too!
  • NEW COUSIN: You have been a great Kuya (big brother) to your brand new cousin, Quincy, who was born in February. You constantly tell her you love her and are always trying to kiss her.
  • POTTY TRAINING: You haven’t worn a diaper since over a couple weeks ago — both day and night! (You started to potty train yourself last year.)


  • HEIGHT: 3 ft. 2 in. (75th percentile)
  • WEIGHT: 35.2 lbs (75th percentile)
  • on track developmentally

This year, for your birthday weekend, you were surrounded by all the same people who were there when you were born (plus your brand new cousin). Lola, Lolo, Tita Ging, Tito Danny and Quincy indulged you and your train obsession with a family picnic at Travel Town in Griffith Park yesterday.

And today, you had a special birthday party with your buddies at school where Lolo performed a special magic show! We also watched Despicable Me 2 in the movie theater — something that you have been requesting ever since the entire city of LA was covered with Minions billboards for the premiere in early July. You concluded your birthday with an impromptu dance party! Your dance blew me away. I love your style and originality. You make me so proud.

So even though we are entering The Therrible Three’s and your favorite phrase is “HINDI PO!” (“NO, MA’AM/SIR!” in Tagalog), I know this is an important part of you becoming your own person. I have to remind myself that you need to explore and test boundaries. I may get frustrated easily because you know exactly how to press my buttons and we may butt heads as if we were both 3 years old. Beneath your defiance is the Mama’s Boy I vowed I never wanted to produce, but of course, now that I have my own little boy, I am thrilled that you are one! I’ll be the first one to admit it. I am a complete sucker for you. You melt my heart! Most of the time, I realize that you simply want more of my attention and I can usually settle one of our fights with a hug or tickle session or chase to your room. You don’t know it yet, but you are helping me become a better communicator and a better person.

Your baby fat is almost all gone. You are definitely a little boy now. I feel like I’m going to blink and you’ll be a grown man. Until then, I cherish this time when you are learning how to form complete sentences; when you stop me dead in my tracks to say an unprompted, “Thank you, Mama” or “I love you, Mama.”

I love you, too, Cedro. I love you so much.

Love always,