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Keke Palmer Shares Her 1-Year-Old Son's Infectious Laugh in an Emotional Tribute

The Password Host doted over her 1-year-old, calling him ''Leo Beo.''

By Jackie Manno

February 25 marked the 1-year birthday of Keke Palmer's mini-me son Leo, and the Emmy-winning Password Host couldn't be any more proud of her little one. 

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In an emotional Instagram post, Palmer shared extremely precious moments of her bonding with her baby boy, including her giving him kisses while she pushes him on a swing, close ups of her smothering him with smooches as he giggles away, her holding him while he adorably blows raspberries, and more. 

Read what she wrote about him, below. 

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Keke Palmer opens up about being a mom to son Leo in emotional tribute

''Leo Beo!! Happy Birthday son I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

You came into my life today at 3:25pm, but I knew even before then that you were the strongest person I ever knew," she said. "There were so many moments during my pregnancy where your silent strength would give me peace. This is something you still do just with your mere existence!"

Palmer continued, "You make my life so worth living. If I’m being honest I have always teeter tottered with life. I have just always been so annoyed by it and the ups and the downs and it has always seemed so painful for trivial reasons. Things could be so simple and they’re not and that always gave me a bitter feeling. But since you my son, I have no confusion on why I am here! On my purpose or my value or why I should stay. I wanna stay for you. I want to be here to love and protect you and watch you be the good in this world!"

She concluded, "It’s so easy to say no, it’s so easy to say GOODBYE. But I say YES and I say HELLO to LIFE because of YOU! I’m so happy for my son. Thank you God. I love you so much buddy."

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Happy birthday, Leo!

In July 2023, Palmer told People she was blossoming in her new role as a mother. ''It just gave me a sense of freedom that I can't describe, where I'm not afraid, because it's like, this is what I have, this is who I am,” 

She continued: “I never would have imagined that my son would have given me such a deep confidence and empowerment to just really be like, ‘Yo, we about to do this.' "

Keke Palmer at the 75th Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Keke Palmer on winning her second Emmy 

Along with being a dedicated mama, Palmer's professional career is flourishing as well. She scored her second Emmy win, receiving the Outstanding Host for a Game Show award for her work on Password, on January 7. 

In her acceptance speech, she expressed her gratitude for being first Black woman to be nominated and win in the category. “Wow. That is so exciting thank you so much. I’m really just so thankful, I’m almost speechless. I want to thank the people who allowed this to happen, thank you to Jimmy Fallon, thank to NBC,” she said, according to Deadline.