To my beautiful baby girl on her third birthday…

To My Daughter Who Is Turning 3

Dear Crystabel,

I still find it a bit hard to believe that it has been 3 years since you came into our lives. I still remember how you made your presence known by giving your mum some serious contraction pains in the wee hours of the morning!

While every year is filled with precious memories as you grow up into this little person that you are today, I just want to say how proud I am of you as you have definitely conquered your own little challenges this year, in your own way!

From the moment you turned 2, I saw how:

  • Your library of vocabulary grew and you now talk in full, complete sentences. In fact, your teachers keep raving to us about how your speech and language far surpasses those of your peers – although you are the second youngest in your N1 class.
  • And speaking about teachers, I am so proud of how well and quickly you adapted to the preschool environment. At the start of this year, we had no choice but to enrol you a bit earlier than we intended due to some maid issues. While you were very sticky and weepy at the start of the term, you gradually improved after about a month – your teachers reported to us that you are enjoying yourself in school and are eating and sleeping well.
  • Your social skills also improved over time. During the first few terms, you were reluctant to interact with your little friends in school and preferred to stick to your favourite teachers like glue. But in your most recent preschool report, your teachers told us that you are interacting more with your friends now, that you get a little too excited at times and will show it through your actions 🙂
  • You weaned off breastfeeding, for good. With you starting preschool and with mum and dad wanting to plan for a little bro/sis for you soon, we felt that now is a good time to wean you off the boobs. After all, you were only sucking for comfort at night and the pressure from your teeth is getting a little too painful! Although I am a little sad that I won’t be able to hold and rock you to sleep at night, I am glad that we got to share this beautiful journey for 2 years 3 months – far longer than I’ve expected! You, being the little trooper that you are, took about 2 weeks to get used to NOT falling asleep on the boobs. Well done, my little girl.
  • You started asking “Why”. Just when I was wondering when we will get to that phase, you surprised us by asking “Why” to everything we ask you to do. Keep it up, because that is how you learn things fast – we promise to always answer all your questions, as best as we can!
  • Your logic and reasoning developed over time. Apart from having small talks with us, you can now reason your way to make us understand where you are coming from. Most of the times, you surprise us with your statements and you never fail to bring a smile to our faces.
  • Your likes and dislikes began to show. We now know that you love colouring, painting and drawing – and that you have found a love in speech and drama (not that it surprises us at all!). We also now know for sure that you are super protective over your own belongings (but you are also learning to share) and that you need us to reason with you rather than just telling you “Don’t do this!”.
  • You showed compassion to others around you. Be it asking “Mummy, what’s wrong?” or giving us a pat on the back to console us, we are truly amazed with how you “feel” the woes of the people around you. Keep it up, my little girl!

As you turn 3 tomorrow, there will be a new set of challenges to conquer in another brand new year! I know that you will tide them through, with your “Never Say Die” attitude…and I have a feeling that you will be a lot more independent this year. Although I know that this is a good thing, I hope that you will still “need me” to hold your hand along the way – because frankly, as a Mum, this has got to be one of the greatest feelings in the world! 🙂

Let’s get through this together, ok?

To My Daughter Who Is Turning 3


Lots of love and kisses,