I know this is a bit late, but I couldn’t let any more time pass to share what happened on your birthday this year.
First off though, (belated) Happy Birthday! You’re 3 already! Wow! At this age, you’re already showing signs of becoming a future entertainer by singing, dancing, and talking non-stop. You also like to dress up, pose and ask me to take your picture. Your cute and funny ways are definitely one of the reasons why we find you adorable.
I sent your picture to Mother, Baby & Child magazine last August. You can now proudly say that when you were just 3 years old, you were in a publication ☺
We took the bus, then the metro, then another bus to Dubai Mall. You were excited almost all throughout the journey, rarely complaining at how long it was taking us to get there. I knew by the time we arrived at our destination, you were hungry, and when I asked you what you wanted, you said the one thing that I already expected you to say: “Jollibee!”
While walking in the food court, we passed by an area with rides. Seeing the Smurf and Hello Kitty cars, you scrambled on to each of them, sat comfortably, and told me “Mommy, take my picture please!”
Our next stop was Hamley’s where I asked you what you wanted as our birthday gift for you. The first thing you saw was Shopkins, and you immediately pointed to one of the boxes. But since I was hesitant to buy it because the pieces were too small, I led you further into the store to look around. I suggested and pointed out Elsa and Anna dolls (from Frozen), Play-Doh, and blocks, but you shook your head. Finally, we came across a shelf of Glitzi Globes, and when I saw you stop, stare, and then turn to smile hopefully at me, I knew that was what you really wanted. After all, this was what you had wanted for the theme if we had a birthday party for you this year.
You could hardly wait to open your gift, practically talking non-stop and telling your sister and Yaya all about your day while sharing with them the bag of candies.
Then in the afternoon, we went out again…this time Ate and Yaya went with us. We rode the bus, met up with Daddy, and headed back to Dubai Mall where we had dinner at TGIFriday’s while enjoying a great view of the Dancing Fountains. You were in awe of the performances, regardless of whatever music was being played, and would clap your hands after each. And just when another song ended and you thought we would be leaving, you were surprised when the crew of the restaurant shouted your name, brought a plate of yummy dessert and they all sang their Happy Birthday song to you.
Just know that this day was spent all for you. Because the day of your arrival into our lives, and the amazing little person you have grown to be is reason enough for us to celebrate.
We love you, Sophie. Daddy, Ate Caila and I will always love you; and we guarantee that we will always be here to love you every day of our lives.
Hugs and kisses, my little chocolate (so kulit) girl! ☺