It’s been 3 years of you, Leo.
Three years absolutely stocked full of life living and breathing you.
You surprise us every single day with your smarts, affection, strength, and loudness 😂
You love to learn so, so, so much. And we are already so proud of everything that you already are.
You also love to play outside, watching your rocket launch videos, and seem to be developing a love for Star Wars that was probably unavoidable let’s be honest.
You’ve also spent the last couple months obsessing over Temple of Doom and even want to listen to the soundtrack in the car whenever we go out together.
You have developed quite the independence too and your passion for things is completely infectious to everyone around you. No matter where you go, people seem to notice you and are drawn to you and
your immeasurable energy.
You love to explore and have already been to more places than
probably most other 3 year olds. But seem to have a natural love for
the adventure of it all.
You already know all your ABC’s. Are starting to get into the sounds of the
letters and can already identify many letter sounds and words. You can count to 25. And even recognize numbers in the 100’s.
When you turned 2, you could barely say 5 words. Now, you are speaking in almost complete sentences saying new words every single day that we are still surprised you even know!
You love watching things that teach you how things are going to work. How rockets are built. What makes an airplane fly. What firetrucks do. You are constantly wanting to learn. And I hope we can always feed you enough and keep that spark alive.
Simply saying we are proud to call you ours doesn’t feel big enough
for the love and joy you bring to our lives.
But we really, really, really are.
Happy Birthday to you my rocket loving lion 🦁
Now, this post definitely deserves a heads up.
Because this whole thing is REAL.
Sometimes people like to do gender reveal photo shoots and stage it after they intially find out whether their baby is going to be a boy or girl. But Chanel and Dan here wanted to find out for real, at their shoot, and have their real reactions documented for their photos forever.
So, when they they found out, a letter came from the doctor and it was given to Chanel's mom, Sandra, who had to hold the secret in for almost 2 whole weeks without telling anybody (GOOD JOB SANDRA OMG)... especially her daughter! And they are pretty much besties, those two. So you can imagine how difficult that was for both of them lol.
Sandra ordered confetti canons online specific to the gender of the baby and they were made to be completely secretive until they were popped open and used. She had them shipped over to Chanel and they had to patiently wait until our shoot date to find out what they were having.
And well, even the anticpation had me super excited!!
IT'S A GIRL!!!!
Congrats again to Chanel and Dan! And thank you SO MUCH for having me not only capture this whole thing for you guys, but to experience it with you!! I have to admit this was my very first gender reveal and it is going down in the books as one of my favorite things ever.
MORE OF THESE PLEASE, WORLD.
PS: If you're wondering what Tato is/means... it's their nickname for the baby. Before they found out whether it was a boy or girl, they wanted to start calling the baby something other than "it" so they started referring it to as potato. And then it just turned to tato. And I think it's the cutest frickin thing ever.