Happy Birthday, Wito!

3 years ago today, after 24 hours of labor, you were born.


You gave us quite a scare, but we witnessed your strength almost immediately. We knew things were going to be okay when your neonatologists joked during morning rounds that they couldn’t even remember why you were in the NICU anymore. You were only a couple of days old, yet I was already in awe of your resilience.


Five days later, we were able to take you home with us.


Within three minutes of introducing you to our new home, you shat your diapers so violently, it shook the foundation of the house. Wito! Such power from such a small body!

Were you really ever this tiny?


Or sleepy?


During the first few months, you couldn’t get enough of hanging your head backwards and strrreeeetching your rapidly growing body.


I was smitten.


Good lord, you loved to eat. From your 3-month checkup on, your size has been off the charts.

Those cheeks.


And those thighs.


And daddy’s blue eyes.


That combination could only mean one thing.


From the minute you started walking, you’ve been confident forging your own way. A true leader.

(Must be the Leo in you…)


You are also a seasoned traveler. In the past few years, you’ve been to Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Boston, Oklahoma, Chicago, Charleston, SC and Sun Valley, Idaho.


You are happiest outdoors.


While surrounded by friends.


I’m not sure if you will be an architect,


a cowboy,


an artist,


a surfer,


an explorer,


or a mad scientist…


I’m just so grateful to be part of the ride. Thank you for making my life infinitely better.



  • Metalia

    August 4, 2009 at 5:28 am


    Happy Birthday, Wito!
    .-= Metalia´s last blog ..My Fake Wig, AKA, OF COURSE You Want To See Seven Odd Pictures of Me! =-.


    August 4, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Oh, those pictures – just an adorable child. Happy Birthday Wito!
    .-= TUWABVB´s last blog ..Conversations with Manbug a/k/a Signs That I’m Getting More Dumber =-.

  • beyond

    August 4, 2009 at 6:05 am

    what a sweet boy.
    happy birthday, wito!
    .-= beyond´s last blog ..merce & pina =-.

  • Jamie

    August 4, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Happy Birthday, Dollface! The internet loves you!
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Again with the READING =-.

  • am'ti b

    August 4, 2009 at 6:09 am

    happy bday big cuz! i love you. E cvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv vvv

  • sarah

    August 4, 2009 at 6:11 am

    such a beautiful post for such a beautiful boy! great pictures. i love your site!

    and the same birthday as the president??? sweet! (and i thought my daughter was a big shot for sharing her birthday with oprah!)

  • Tutugirl

    August 4, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Happy Birthday Wito!
    .-= Tutugirl´s last blog ..Its like they knew what was happening this weekend… =-.

  • lisa

    August 4, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Happy Birthday Wito….and happy “birthing” day to you! :)

  • Just Shireen

    August 4, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Aw, so sweet.

    Happy Birthday, Wito!
    .-= Just Shireen´s last blog ..There Are Times =-.

  • Rhi

    August 4, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Hurray, Wito!
    .-= Rhi´s last blog ..Friday Bullets: Heat Wave Edition =-.

  • Mama in the City

    August 4, 2009 at 6:50 am

    WOW. I started reading your blog just when Wito was born. Now he is a big boy and so cute. I can still see him in his little newborn face though. Squishy cute!
    .-= Mama in the City´s last blog ..Oh the Mammaries! Tales of Engorgement During World Breastfeeding Week =-.

  • Ninotchka

    August 4, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Sweet! Happy Birthday.

  • Beth

    August 4, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Happy birthday, Wito!

    Whoorl, how can he be three already?! You were just pregnant 20 minutes ago!
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..‘Your Heart Is As Black As Night’ … =-.

  • C @ Kid Things

    August 4, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Aw, that was so sweet! Happy Birthday, Wito!
    .-= C @ Kid Things´s last blog ..On Being a Girl =-.

  • Laura in LA

    August 4, 2009 at 7:07 am


  • Sara

    August 4, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Happy 3rd Birthday, Mr. Wito!
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..Do tell =-.

  • sizzle

    August 4, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Happy Birthday to him!
    .-= sizzle´s last blog ..This Is Me Angry =-.

  • stacey

    August 4, 2009 at 7:09 am

    So sweet.
    Happy Birthday to one of the cutest kids on the Web!
    .-= stacey´s last blog ..Pining for BlogHer =-.

  • Vanessa

    August 4, 2009 at 7:11 am

    He’s adorable. Happy birthday Wito!
    .-= Vanessa´s last blog ..Preacha’ Boy =-.

  • miguelina

    August 4, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Happy Birthday Wito!


    (And if he’s anything like my boys, he’ll probably wipe that smooch right off)
    .-= miguelina´s last blog ..The Cape =-.

  • Heather B.

    August 4, 2009 at 7:17 am

    He’s how old?!

    Happy Birthday, Buddy.

    .-= Heather B.´s last blog ..“The time has come,” the Walrus said =-.

  • Heather B.

    August 4, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Or I guess it would be ‘Hever’
    .-= Heather B.´s last blog ..“The time has come,” the Walrus said =-.

  • Kristabella

    August 4, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Happy birthday Wito!

    Love seeing his baby photos and those adorable cheeks! And he’s born on the same day as President Obama!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..BlogHer 2009 – Through Bacon’s Eyes =-.

  • samantha jo campen

    August 4, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Happy Birthday Wito!

    I loved seeing the progress in those pictures–those cheeks OMG!
    .-= samantha jo campen´s last blog ..Friendships missed =-.

  • martymankins

    August 4, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Happy Birthday, Wito.

    What an awesome post of photos telling a cool little story.
    .-= martymankins´s last blog ..Scooter Sunday – Season 2 Ep. 10 =-.

  • Jora

    August 4, 2009 at 7:47 am

    So sweet! It’s amazing, his baby pictures still look so much like him!
    .-= Jora´s last blog ..Nostalgia. =-.

  • natalie

    August 4, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Happy birthday, big kid!

  • Kelly

    August 4, 2009 at 7:50 am

    oh, thanks! I love crying at work! :)

    He’s a beautiful boy… you are both very lucky.

  • San

    August 4, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Awww, what a lovely birthday post! Happy Birthday, Wito!

  • Mimi

    August 4, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Happy Birthday Wito! What a handsome boy you are. I vote for becoming a mad scientist, if just for the awesome glasses.
    .-= Mimi´s last blog ..Reuniting =-.

  • Mary

    August 4, 2009 at 8:05 am

    So very sweet.

    Happy Birthday Wito!

  • andrea

    August 4, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Happy Birthday, Wito! Can’t believe these little guys are already three. What a fantastic trip it has been, can’t wait to see what the future holds.
    .-= andrea´s last blog ..9 months later =-.

  • velocibadgergirl

    August 4, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Happy birthday, Wito!! (that photo of him sleeping on the blue and white striped blanket has killed me dead. Lo, I am slain!! <3
    .-= velocibadgergirl´s last blog .. =-.

  • Joanna

    August 4, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Happy birthday, Wito! What a wonderful and love-filled first three years you’ve had!

  • Lori

    August 4, 2009 at 8:24 am

    so sweet

  • kaili

    August 4, 2009 at 8:26 am

    So cute! Happy Birthday Wito!

  • Melissa

    August 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Beautiful post! Happy birthday Wito!

  • Rebecca (Bearca)

    August 4, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Awww. Happy Birthday Wito!!
    .-= Rebecca (Bearca)´s last blog ..I can’t believe I’m posting this =-.

  • Carrie

    August 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

    he is just adorable! Happy birthday, Wito!
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..Misc. Monday =-.

  • Angella

    August 4, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Dang, Sarah. You made me cry.

    Happy birthday to the sweetest three year old boy the Earth has ever seen.
    .-= Angella´s last blog ..An Interview With Danny Evans =-.

  • caroline

    August 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Dear little D,

    Happy birthday! Those 24 hours were well worth the wait.

    I love you to pieces,
    Big Coco

  • Sue @ My Party of 6

    August 4, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Best birthday post EVER! I want to eat him up!
    .-= Sue @ My Party of 6´s last blog ..the things we do for love =-.

  • Alice Q. Foodie

    August 4, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Awwww – what a beauty! Nice post. :-)

  • Jen

    August 4, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Happy birthday Wito!!!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..the many faces of Margaret =-.

  • Cyrie

    August 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

    So sweet. Kids are the best.
    .-= Cyrie´s last blog ..Black Franics. =-.

  • sarin

    August 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I’ve been following your blog for the past couple years, and can’t believe myself that Wito is three. I have enjoyed the view into your life, from your pregnancy to motherhood. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes for Wito with love from across the world!
    .-= sarin´s last blog ..Grace in Small Things 3 =-.

  • Estelle

    August 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

    What a beautiful birthday message for your son. These photos are amazing. Love a chubby baby.

  • Amy

    August 4, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Whoorl, This is one of your best posts yet! I can’t even believe that it has been 3 years. I feel like i remember when you had him after looking at those infant photos. Gosh he is sure to be a heartbreaker. You are such a creative writer and a good mommy:-)

  • Sarah

    August 4, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Happy Birthday Wito!

    The photos and post are gorgeous.

  • kat

    August 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

    total heart breaker. am tearing up a bit here.

    happy brithday wito!
    .-= kat´s last blog ..a teaser. =-.

  • Amanda Nicole

    August 4, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Happy Birthday little Wito! He has the cutest little face ever.
    .-= Amanda Nicole´s last blog ..photo walk: Sucia Island =-.

  • HollyLynne

    August 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    His little sleepy clasped hands kill me. Happy birthday, Wito!
    .-= HollyLynne´s last blog ..Soaps Good Enough To Eat (And A Contest You Seriously Don’t Want To Miss!) =-.

  • MrsJ

    August 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Great post! Happy birthday, Wito! It’s my birthday, too, and President Obama’s, so you’re in great company, LOL. ;)

  • Rosita

    August 4, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Aww what a great blog from a great mommy :) happy birthday wito! So lucky to be such a cool team :)

  • tera Stephens

    August 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    ugghhh… it’s just too fast! happy birthday to u, the lady who grew him and birthed him!!! we are so blessed.

  • Desiree

    August 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    So your post made me tear up. At work. And I don’t even know you.

  • wide open spaces

    August 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    he is a heartbreaker.

  • gorillabuns

    August 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for making me cry AGAIN today. Happy birthday little man. You are one handsome devil who will continue to grow into a beautiful young man.
    .-= gorillabuns´s last blog ..vacation is all i ever wanted. vacation happened to get away =-.

  • Jessica

    August 4, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Happy birthday, Wito!

    Great post :)
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Selfish =-.

  • Jinxy

    August 4, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Happy birthday Wito!!

    I love the pictures, great post!
    .-= Jinxy´s last blog ..Little Man’s in the house =-.

  • Marissa

    August 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    AW! So much cuteness!
    .-= Marissa´s last blog ..Forever =-.

  • sunny

    August 5, 2009 at 7:34 am

    happy bday wito! I love reading about your adventures with Mommy!
    .-= sunny´s last blog ..How to: Megan Fox Sexy Ponytail using a CLAIRE’S Hair Piece! =-.

  • Geminigirl

    August 5, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I loved this post. Beautiful.
    He is an adorable kid! I am glad I could give him his first limo ride!

    Happy bday little man. hope you eat lots of cake!
    .-= Geminigirl´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  • moosh in indy.

    August 5, 2009 at 9:03 am

    happy birthday little kid.
    your mom is lucky i was in such high heels when i saw you in chicago or i would have snatched you and taken you back to my room to snuggle you to death.
    that’s really not as creepy as it sounds.
    .-= moosh in indy.´s last blog ..food blogging in the time of floods. =-.

  • sarah

    August 5, 2009 at 11:36 am

    happy birthday!
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..new beginnings =-.

  • kris

    August 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Just lovely.

    Happy birthday, little man (and mom!)

  • Sam

    August 6, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Happy birthday, you Backyardigan-loving boy!
    .-= Sam´s last blog ..questions =-.

  • Miss E

    August 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    What a sweet birthday tribute to your sweet boy. Happy birithday, Wito!
    .-= Miss E´s last blog ..Don’t You Think I Need This =-.

  • jones

    August 7, 2009 at 6:17 am

    sweet and lovely.
    .-= jones´s last blog ..weekend =-.

  • joslyn

    August 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    oooh so sweet lady.
    happy b-day wito!
    .-= joslyn´s last blog ..Scenes from The Week-End =-.