This is Daniela’s second Birthday with her dad Raúl @rj_c. Last year she was only four months old and we decided to hack his personal blog to say Happy Birthday .
Last year she could barely hold a card and this year she made him a gift with my help. The relationship those two have is a special one and when I am at my witt’s end as a parent, he steps in to really save the day.
Since we run a small business in Puerto Rico, Raul juggles many tasks at the same time. If I need to step away from Daniela to make our lunch, he will multi-task with Daniela on his lap. I have tried to type as fast as he does with her on his lap and it just doesn’t work.
Daniela’s name for Raúl evolves
One of Daniela’s first words that we could distinguish was calling her dad by his first name (thanks to me) besides the ma, pa, da, ga we would hear. She then said “dada” which to some is again just baby talk. But we went on to teach her the word for dad in Spanish which is “Papá” and she will run to her papá when mom is chasing her down. When we realized she was saying “Raúl” she would say “au” like a cat. But it did not click with me until one day she sat at the bottom of the stairs and yelled up to him just like I do for breakfast.
So on this day we just want to say Happy Birthday to our Papá who does everything possible to help our home function when I breakdown. We love you very much and wish you a great day. (Insert Sappy Tears here.)
If you would like to see where the idea came from for his gift, you can go here.