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Sneezing is funny

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.

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Yul’s First Lunar New Year

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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The Winter Olympics in Korea

Hugh is competitive in general so I’m so used to saying “It’s not a competition!” that it was out of my mouth before I realised… oh yeah… it is literally a competition!

Also, Happy Lunar New Year!

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The vegemite question

Luckily there is no such thing as vegemite kimchi…

Both Korea and Australia have a strong tasting food that is part of their national pride. Hopefully our baby will enjoy both. While I like kimchi, Hugh has given up on pretending that he likes vegemite.

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What is Korea really like?

New video! Another podcast video where we chat about some topics. These are the easiest videos to edit at the moment and luckily Yul is happy enough to be in our arms quietly while we talk.

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Frozen Chicken

Another very quick comic as we are still so busy being new parents. Our son Yul Theodore is rapidly getting bigger and is now more than 5 kilos. That probably seems small for people with 1 year olds, but it’s so big compared to his premature birth weight.

Most of the discussion about comics now happens on Facebook or Instagram so you can see comments over there.

Here is Yul now:

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Yul Teddy started smiling recently and we managed to catch his first real smiles on camera. Hugh had an emotional reaction to it!

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