Hello En-gerl! Happy 5th Birthday! While you and your siblings are in dreamland, Mommy’s here writing this letter. At 8pm you’re already asleep because you are too excited for our swimming tomorrow. You were torn between having a party or an overnight stay at Club Manila East in celebration of your birthday. Finally you chose the latter.
That’s how much you’ve grown now.
At this moment, Mommy’s getting nostalgic– so allow me.
Five years ago, I had an easy delivery with you. I didn’t make it to the hospital because you’re almost out so off we went to the nearest lying-in and there you were born. Your Mommy Lola was with me that time and unlike with your brother, she was there with me, hearing my cries and almost felt the pain with every push I made. Right then and there I appreciated her presence hence your name was named after her— Helen. Of course your Dad’s name should be there too and so it became Heleina Erin.
One week old
Ten months after, you got a high fever. You hate medicine that it was always a struggle to give your medication on time. We were alone in the living room because you can’t sleep. Your Dad was inside our room with your brother.
I fell asleep and when I saw you, my heart beat fast..
You were having a convulsion.. You were so stiff..
I called your Dad and he was quick to bring you outside– barefooted and call for help from your Mommy Lola and Lola Delia. She showered you with iced cold water and then you cried..
We were relieved..
Celebrated 10th monthsary at the hospital
You were then confined to the hospital for a couple of days. It was a traumatic experience for me and your dad especially to him because prior to that, he had a bad dream about you (which I dare not state). And so he vowed that your first birthday will be grand. Indeed it was. It’s like having a debutant on that day, with all the catering in fancy tableware
, party and guests.
1st Birthday Party
Now you know why you will always be “Daddy’s Girl” and your Uncle’s “Erin Girl”.
You had given us much pride when you went to school at the age of three. You already acquired medals and recognition for doing great in class.
People in our compound are fond of seeing you walking around with either a bag with make up or bag with pencils, crayons and paper. You love to write and draw. Remember how I always asked you to draw a cat? It’s cute how you draw that animal.
You love to write and draw
At four you became a fan of Michelle Phan, a make-up guru in YouTube, that’s why you asked me to record your “make-up tutorial video” and create an account on YouTube as well. So much for a four year old:) You can view your other videos here
Most people say that you are my “Mini Me”. They say you looked like me but I contest. You are pretty and getting prettier as you age. Your Mom here was an ugly duckling back then and just turned into a— pretty duck haha! when I had your dad and of course you and your two siblings. I believed you got my love for writing and creative crafts. Keep it up!
Yes, your Mom is a writer wannabe thus this letter is turning into a novel.
So let me cut this short..
I wish you will continue to grow smart and pretty. Live your dreams. Go on with making me and your Dad proud. We will always be there for you.. We love you so much! Happy 5th Birthday!