to Truett with love


It was Truett’s birthday on Saturday and like with all of my kids’ birthday, I feel a little sentimental.

4 years ago, he popped out all shiny and suave, with his slicked-back, Armani-styled hair and soulful eyes. Even covered with the layer of gooey tau huay bits, we could tell that this one was a looker. And then he let out the most heart-wrenching yell we’ve ever heard.

We were equal parts terrified and in love.

Since then, I’ve been crazy about this boy. He’s nothing like what I expected but everything we could possible want.

He’s affectionate, not in the overly kissy-huggy manner, but in the depth of his expression. When he hugs me, he looks at me like I mean the entire world to him.

He loves french fries and Transformers and scary roller-coasters.

He’s big-hearted and compassionate, giving in when he doesn’t have to and always trying to rescue his sister when she’s in trouble.

His favorite word is BALU. Don’t ask me what that means because apparently, it can mean a variety of things, ranging from smart to funny to boring. It can be a verb, a noun, an adjective. It’s basically like a wild card for when you need a word to describe something you don’t have a word for.

He hates vegetables. Except potatoes. That are fried crispy and golden brown.

His secret talent is in building airplanes. He can do it with any sort of building blocks and in any size.

He’s unbelievably awesome and he’s all mine.

It still feels like a dream knowing that we’ve been able to love him for 4 years and we intend to love him for a gazillion more.

Happy Birthday, my boy!

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  • Reply Emily June 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Happy Birthday, Tru! I love the 4 pics, you can really see how much he has grown up from a toddler to a handsome little boy now.
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  • Reply Ai Sakura June 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Blessed birthday to Truett! :) Always amazed how time flies and kids grow up so fast..
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  • Reply Susan Lee June 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Happy birthday Truett! The adorable boy has grown leaps and bounds. He’s growing into a fine gentleman, just like his dad. It hurts my eyes looking into his future, it’s blindly bright! Happy birthday once again, big boy!

  • Reply Eunice June 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Truett!!

  • Reply Willyn June 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Truett…:)

  • Reply Yvonne June 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Happy Birthday, Truett!
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  • Reply Jaq June 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Happy Birthday, Truett ! And Truett is such a lovely name.

  • Reply Pris June 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Wow has it been 4 years since you’re a mom??? Time seems to fly by just like that! I realized that Truett and Kirsten are pretty close in age? Less than 2 years I reckon?
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    • Reply Daphne June 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Yeah, 13 months to be exact. :)

      Can’t believe I’m going to start the whole process again soon..

  • Reply Summer June 5, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Happy Birthday Truett! Daphne, you are a great mom and these 3 kids sure are blessed! =)
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  • Reply Abby June 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Happy birthday to Tru. It is amazing he is such a cool big boy from outside yet so affectionate inside.

  • Reply June June 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Happy birthday, Tru! Next time you gotta tell us where you got ‘Balu’ from… :)
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  • Reply Katriina June 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Happy Birthday, gorgeous boy!
    by the way, I love his all-purpose word! It reminds me how my older daughter invented the word “lovelyful”, because when faced with the world of Disney Princesses neither “lovely” nor “beautiful” had sufficient impact in her view :)

  • Reply Elaine June 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Happy birthday Truett! You’ve got one amazing kid there. Actually, make that three :)

  • Reply Ally June 7, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Wow…our sons shared the same birthday! :) Happy Belated Birthday, Tru!
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  • Reply Maria May 1, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Truett must be a lovely boy now. All the best to him.
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