We share the story of our baby, Yul Theodore, arriving early.
He is currently still in the NICU, but was doing really well when we visited today. It’s a weird limbo to be in. We have a baby, but he can’t come home with us yet. At the moment our lives revolve around going to the hospital every day, and I’m also constantly pumping at home while recovering from the c-section.
We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from everyone and surprised at how many people genuinely care about us. When we realised people would worry when we didn’t update on Instagram on some days we wanted to share more of our story, especially because many people have been through something similar.
We wanted to create a space in the YouTube comments where people could share their stories, not only about having a premature baby, but also being in an international relationship in situations like this. Since we were originally told Yul would only be in the hospital for 1 week to 10 days, my parents flew over from Australia to see him. Unfortunately, he has had to stay a lot longer, so they can’t see him much. They will be flying back over a bit later though.
When we realised how much Hugh has vlogged at the hospital we knew we could put together a video to share with you guys. We mentioned IVF in this video and that’s something we also vlogged so eventually there will be a video about our IVF journey too.
It’s been a very difficult and unusual time. We are excited and happy to finally have a baby, but it’s distressing and heartbreaking to not be able to take him home yet.
It was hard to put together this video but I’m glad we did because it’s a record for us, and something our families can watch too. We can film a lot, but if we don’t edit and put it together in a video like this then footage eventually gets lost and memories fade. I’m glad we have a record like this even though it can be hard to do.
Thank you again everyone for all your support.
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This is a quick update…. our baby arrived early! I had an emergency C-section last Thursday. So we welcomed our son Yul Theodore to the world. Because he is so early he is in the NICU for a little while.
We update most days on social media, especially Instagram, so please follow on there if you’d like to know more. The blog and YouTube channel is likely to be quiet for a little while. Once he can come home and we are settled we’ll talk more about our experiences and introduce our son properly.
Big thank you to everyone who has been sending lovely messages and supportive comments.
Seaweed soup in the hospital
Those that follow our social media will have already seen these updates but now I’m out of hospital I will update too. Just over 10 days ago I was rushed to the hospital with severe bleeding. I’m out of hospital now and I’m okay, and baby is okay! I have placenta previa which is a condition that usually fixes itself, but I’m now in my third trimester and it’s causing some problems. I had bleeding a few more times in hospital while they adjusted my medication, and some contractions. As it’s too early it was very important to stop me from going into premature labour. I’m now at home with some medication that seems to be working. However with this condition I may end up in hospital again sometime. Baby is likely to be premature but we are just wanting to get him to a certain week, where there’s less chance of complications.
Thank you everyone for your prayers and support on our social media.
An update video!
It’s been about a month since Hugh had his photo shoot, his end goal of his transformation. He has been doing well keeping the weight off. There’s been no rapid weight gain and has settled into a gym routine and eating healthily, but nothing too extreme.
Meanwhile I continue to expand and am getting more and more uncomfortable. As we mentioned in the video, I had a minor scare and had to go to the hospital but was given the all clear. I’m quite housebound at the moment, so I’m still working on what I can but spending a lot of time resting.
In this video we also talk about reactions from his parents about his transformation, and the old women in the village in the countryside. Will his mother continue to try and force feed him?
We never expected the transformation video to go that well, but all the comments have been really motivating for Hugh. Not only is he very happy with his new body and health but being able to inspire other people has always been one of his long-term goals. He is very excited about the future.
In this video we announce if we are having a boy or a girl! 🙂
We also talk about prediction dreams in Korean culture and if my mother-in-law predicted correctly.
Our comic book has been available in Korea for a few weeks (apparently it’s now considered a best seller too!) but it’s only just now available internationally. If you don’t live in Korea and want to order the book, head over to My Korean Store, the Talk to Me in Korean online store.
If you order it please take a photos and tag us on social media so we can see 🙂
This comic book is in Korean, with English subtitles’ next to the comics so it can be helpful when learning Korean.
If you do live in Korea you can buy from Kyobo book stores, online and offline and it’s available on other online stores Coupang and Aladin.