This happened while in Australia. Yul would play in water almost every single day and he particularly liked played with the garden hose. Hugh discovered the parenting secret of just hosing your kid down in the backyard instead of going to the trouble of giving them a proper bath.
Last Saturday we had the first snow of the season in Seoul. Last winter Yul was just a tiny little baby so didn’t see any snow. This was the first time he had really seen snow falling. He was quite fascinated by it. The snow was mostly gone by the end of the day but I hope we get some more soon so he can play in it.
In this Emart collab video both Hugh and I make baby food for Yul. I made something Australian and Hugh made Korean baby food. We had to go to Emart to buy the ingredients and then we cooked at home. Yul tried both and he liked one better! Watch the video to find out what he liked!
Zucchini and carrot slice:
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup cheese (grated)
1/3 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 180°C
Grate zucchini and squeeze out excess liquid.
Finely chop onion.
In a bowl, whisk eggs. Add zucchini, onion, carrot, cheese, sifted flour, oil and mix together.
Grease baking tray with a bit of oil. Put into a baking tray or tin.
Bake in oven for 40 mins or until golden brown.
Cook together on stove for 15 mins and leave to cool for 5 mins.
Korean recipes are much more about ‘feeling’ what is the right measurement and how long to cook for. But for an Australian recipe like zucchini slice, exact measurements are pretty important.
The slice that I made is quite different from what Korean babies that age would eat. Rice porridge “juk” is the main thing babies and toddlers eat. It can have a huge range of ingredients so they are getting all their nutrients, but it is a mushy food fed with a spoon. When Yul eats something that isn’t baby food like that, we have him do ‘self feeding’ which is a style of feeding and parenting where he can touch and play with the food and also feed himself. He has been experimenting with spoons and chopsticks, even though he’ll resort to his fingers mostly. These days he eats a lot of the same things we eat as well.
Hugh’s parents’ house is traditional in the sense that most of the living is done down on the floor, so the furniture is very low. This means so many things are in easy reach for a baby! Our apartment in Seoul is more baby proofed so we can relax a bit, but when we went back for Chuseok we had to be “on” the whole time. Yul wanted to touch EVERYTHING! Of course it was all tempting, but so many dangerous things around. Someone had to be hovering above him at all times. In comparison, Hugh’s sister has a modern apartment and it’s a lot easier when we visit her as it’s safer for Yul to crawl around.
I’ve been told that because of the low furniture in Korea parents often resort to walkers for babies to keep them contained, so they can’t reach as much, but they are frowned upon in other countries and outright banned in some as they can be dangerous. So we’ll just have to be super careful while we visit in the countryside.
In Korea people tend to be open about certain bodily functions, more than western countries. For example, several romantic dramas will still have a scene where the lead female character is constipated or has diarrhoea. This openness shows a lot in children entertainment, with many TV shows having songs about poop and many kids’ books being about pooping.
I was browsing the book store because I wanted to buy out baby Yul a new book. So many just seemed to be about poop, pooping and butts! I found one I thought was just about different modes of transportation but it turned out it was a book to HELP kids poop. The different transportation sounds help relax kids I guess?
Yul was born 6 weeks (almost 7 weeks) early and was in the NICU for a month. The NICU nurses did such a good job of taking care of him, and I wanted to show them how he looks now and how well he is doing. So we made this video that hopefully they will see. At first I was thinking of going to the NICU to take some photos to them, but I thought maybe not all of them will get to see them, or I may not even be able to go in as rules are pretty strict there (for good reason). Also a video like this can be a way of thanking all NICU nurses.
While he was in the NICU it was a very difficult time. I had the emergency c-section and then went home without a baby… there were some days that I cried for hours. I was also pumping every 3 hours so I had milk to take to the hospital for him. I think I’ve blocked most of those feelings out of my mind, but looking at this footage, it all came back. We could usually only see him for about 30 minutes a day, and it was heartbreaking. It was so hard for us to have a baby and then to not be able to even hold him yet, it was difficult.
Modern medicine is amazing though, and babies born a lot earlier than Yul can now survive and do well. I wanted to publicly recognize how important everyone working in the NICU is. But in particular I wanted to highlight how important the nurses are. Doctors are amazing of course, but we didn’t see them much and it was the nurses we came to know. When the majority of nurses are usually women, their work can be undervalued, especially in the way that care of babies and children is undervalued in society. So this video is to show how important they are and to thank them for their work.