My dearest Lily,

I know you don’t believe me when I tell you but, soon you will be a big kid too, I promise.

This morning we went to Flamingo Park and you were in heaven.

There were big girls and big boys all around you, no one was smaller than you.

You don’t care much for babies (I don’t blame you, they don’t really do anything) but you are fascinated by big kids.

Big kids can do all the things you long to do. They get to run fast, jump, climb, talk, swing on their own…

As I tried hard to fight back tears while you tried hard to keep up with the big kids, a big smile came over my face.

Don’t we all want to be big when we are small?

I know I did.

Take your time ratinha, you will soon be a big kid.

Love you,


you don’t really care for kids in masks. now you see him, then you don’t

checking out and waving to the big kids

a new move for you

while having a snack you kept saying: “meninas, meninos” (girls, boys in Portuguese)

trying to hang with the big boys

will you be like the boy who asked me if I was a bird watcher because of my big camera and told us all about the powers of tornadoes and Pegasus or like the girl in pink who asked me to take her picture with her baby friend and if I could please send it to Isabel?

taking a water break and taking it all in

so happy and proud that you finally got up off the floor without using your hands

to me you are huge

making big friends. Juana and Simon

how did Juana know that the phone was a way to your heart? 😉