What is Australian food?
What we actually eat in Australia is such a big variety and from all different countries so it’s hard to say what exactly Australian food is. There are very few foods invented in Australia because Australia, when referring to the start of European settlement (invasion), is very young. There hasn’t been enough time to really develop something specific and it’s a country of immigrants that brought their own amazing food.
There is one thing invented in Australia though, and I show Hugh in this video.
Since we are out in the countryside while in Australia we went to the local farmers markets. This is the first time our baby Yul has been to Aussie markets, though he has been to Korean markets many times. We like going to farmers markets to buy meat and produce because we can buy direct from farmers.
What does Hugh think of Australian houses?
This is why parents will be dressed in just anything while their baby looks adorable in cute clothes. We don’t have time to dress ourselves well usually and even less time when we spend time planning the baby’s outfit.
My friends who are also mothers have said they count the stains on their clothes and if it’s only a few stains it’s okay to still wear. I feel more pressure in Korea to dress Yul really nicely. At the moment we are visiting Australia and it’s still hot so most of the time he is only wearing a nappy (diaper) anyway.
As we were driving from Sydney to my home town we stopped off at a country town on the way and went into the local shopping centre. I saw other parents holding babies who were wearing very little clothing and I felt better about Yul not wearing much. He was suddenly in the Australian heat after being in colder Korean weather and was a bit cranky in the heat. However, in Korea, even in the summer you don’t see babies only in nappies while out and lots of my mother friends have been scolded by older women because their babies weren’t wearing socks. In Korea there is a big worry about babies not being warm enough (even in hot weather), but in Australia our concerns tend to be making sure a baby doesn’t overheat and Australian style is much more casual!
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Hugh was in Europe for 2 weeks so we missed him a lot! We can’t tell you why he was there, but it will all be revealed later in the year!
It was definitely hard without him. We share childcare duties pretty equally so it was difficult taking that on full time. I had a few friends stop by and help me out on some days.
I was curious what Yul’s reaction was going to be when he came home. He was a bit confused at first but soon was happy that his Daddy was home. Hugh spent all of the next day with him.
Tomorrow we fly to Australia and will be there for 3 weeks! Looking forward to seeing family and friends and escaping the pollution in Seoul.
Sneezing is funny!
Just a little video from today. Yul has started these big laughs now which are so funny.
He had a health check up a few days ago to see how his progress has been and the doctor said he is very healthy. All his other checks (things like brain, heart and lungs) showed no problems as well. It’s all amazing news considering he was so premature and in the NICU for a month.
Thank you everyone for all your supportive comments. It’s made such a difference to have this support on our difficult journey to finally have a happy and healthy baby. People have said that seeing a photo or a video of him makes their day and it makes us really happy to hear that. It’s a big decision whether to show your child online but we’ve had overwhelming support, so we are glad seeing these moments from our lives means something to our followers.
Yul’s first time in the countryside for Lunar New Year!
We headed back to the countryside for Lunar New Year recently. It was the time Yul had been down south to the area where Hugh’s parents live, and where we had previously lived for 2 years. Usually we would catch the bus but decided to take the fast KTX train instead as it’s more comfortable for traveling with a baby.
I also hadn’t been back in the countryside for a while as I hadn’t been able to travel when pregnant. It was great to get out of Seoul and breathe the countryside air again. It was also a lot warmer than in Seoul. Hugh’s parents had seen Yul once before but this time they got to spend a whole week with him. They were over the moon and so incredibly proud to be grandparents. Hugh’s sister and her husband live in the area as well so we got to spend some time with them too.
As you can see in the video, Yul was given lots of money! It is a tradition for children to do a big bow for relatives and are then given some money. We will probably use it to buy some things for him. We also did the Jesa ceremony in the morning which is a way to pay respects to deceased family members. And of course we ate lots of food. In future we will have a car and be able to drive down south more regularly hopefully.
We were sent some suitcases from SHAPL, which could not have come at a better time! I was dreading pulling out our old battered suitcases and had been meaning to buy some more anyway. These new ones were so smooth and nice to use and made traveling so much easier. You can check out more designs on the SHAPL website and also get these suitcases through the Kickstarter.
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