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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

Our Mornings

August 23, 2017

Getting ready in the mornings is so easy for Josh. He always wakes up t 6:30am and starts his day before everyone.

He gets up, eats his breakfast, brushes his teeth, washes his face and then puts his clothes on for kindergarten.

On this day, the sun was beautiful, the sky was blue and pure.

It was such a nice day, I just had to take the camera out with me.

Walking Josh to the school bus stop has become a big part of our daily routine.

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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

Happy 100 Days

August 16, 2017

In the Korean culture, we celebrate the 100th day of a child’s life. Why? Well, some say it’s to thank the child for living the full 100 days. Long ago when there wasn’t enough food and diseases that used to spread so fast, it was hard to keep a child alive for more than 100 days. So people would make a 100th day table full of goods and food for the GODs and thank them for keeping the child healthy.

Some say that it’s just to celebrate the child’s 100th day because 100 is a good solid number.

Other’s say it’s to give thanks and to wish for the child to live until he or she is 100.

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Parenting going wild

July 26, 2017

Josh asked me the other day if he could play in the closet that we put all of our blankets in. I said he could only play when I was watching him and only for 15 minutes. He eventually came out after about 5 minutes but to him, it seemed like it was the best 5 minutes of play time during that whole day.

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Tyler and the fam

June 2, 2017

During the first two weeks after Tyler was born, I breastfed him with formula (Aptamil). I would get him to latch on and have a good 15minutes on each side, then feed him about 40ml to 60ml of formula. He would sometimes gulp down the 60ml and sometimes get about 40ml. During the first two weeks, I was able to find a breast milk massage therapist to help me with the latching and get my milk supply going. I was able to pump out about 30ml of breastmilk (both sides added up was about 30ml) after the first massage, then about 100ml after the second. In Korea, there are many breast massage shops for breastfeeding moms or for moms who are wanting to wean without pain.

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Our Baby #3, Tyler

May 24, 2017

2017/05/09 11:06 am 3.48kg Tyler Lee (40 weeks 3 days)

After a long wait, Tyler finally arrived on the day all Koreans went out to vote for the new President. My contractions started at 5:30am. I felt like I really had to go to the hospital around 8:30am so I took a shower, ate breakfast and headed to the hospital around 9:10am.

When we arrived, a “family delivery room” was available so Kaden and I went into that room. In Korea, there are different kinds of deliveries and the most common is the one where they ask the husband to step outside during the actual delivery and then come back in for the cutting of the umbilical cord. The “family delivery” is like the normal delivery of North America where the husband just stays through the whole delivery process.

When I arrived and changed, got the monitors hooked on me, it was about 9:40am and for some reason, my contractions weren’t getting stronger while lying on the bed. So the nurse gave me a yoga ball to sit and bounce on for a while. I sat on it for about 40 minutes and the contractions got really strong. I felt like I was going to go to Hell’s gate and give Satan a high five, and that’s when I knew it was time. I asked Kaden to call the nurse, she came in and said it was time so another nurse brought in a table and clothes, then they called my doctor. Two, three pushes later, Tyler was on my belly, Kaden was cutting the umbilical cord and I could hear Tyler crying, loud and clear.

It’s amazing how painful “giving birth” is but more amazing how you forget that pain as soon as you see this. This little amazing little breath of LIFE.

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DIY Thomas and Friends Costume | 토마스 기차 의상 만들기

April 24, 2017

This Friday, Josh has an event at his kindergarten called “Imaginary Day”.

Kids are supposed to imagine a character they want to be and become that character for one day. In order to be that character, parents were sent a message from the kindergarten to take some time to MAKE their costumes (if possible) or purchase a costume and have the kids wear it to the school.

Of course Josh chose Thomas and Kaden and I did some research.

We found and decided to start making our own version of this costume.

I am almost at my due date so I pretty much helped with the research only and Kaden did everything on his own. From going out to get the supplies and making the box, putting the little parts together, painting the boxes and to gluing everything together. Kaden did EVERYTHING.

I told him he should have chose Fine Arts as his major in university.

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Our Typical Morning

April 19, 2017

Last night before bed. Josh and Andrea decided to take out all of the Disney Junior characters that we have (Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is all we have) and play “steal the castle”. At first, I thought this game was some kind of a “stealing each other’s castle” kind of game but Josh said it was just a game where they each build a castle and their characters just knock it down. Simple, but they both have tremendous amount of fun playing this game.

Andrea seems to understand the concept of the game really well and followed along better than I did.

After a really long night for mommy (who literally couldn’t sleep because of back pain and the feeling of ribs breaking), Josh got up first. Like usual. Josh was the first one to get up. He always wakes up first. No matter what time he sleeps, he gets up at 6 am or 6:30 am.

Josh got ready and was off to kindergarten.

Josh and his morning “see ya later”. The traditional “bowing” that all Korean kids do to their elders or parents.

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Happy Easter!

April 17, 2017

Hope everyone had a great Easter Sunday! We sure did! Although we almost got run over by the massive amount of people in Seoul, we still had fun!

We first went to NAM SAN and had the super big pork cutlet. Apparently, there are about 5-6 famous places located at NAM SAN. Each stating that they are the ORIGINAL super big pork cutlet restaurant. But they all pretty much taste similar and they all have a waiting time.

We went to the very first one (in the direction of going up the hill not going down the hill). I want to try the place up the hill that the members of “Infinite Challenge” went to. We went to the one that the show “1Night 2Days” went to.

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Josh’s Ride Home

April 6, 2017

We have a little store right in front of our in-laws’ place. It’s small but it has literally EVERYTHING. I love this little store and the owners. They are so nice and so KOREAN. by KOREAN I mean, they are sweet, they have so much love for the people in this neighborhood and they are old style KOREAN. You don’t see many people like that in Korea anymore. A long time ago, Koreans used to give things to each other, they would share everything and anything they had, they would care for each other and make sure everyone was okay. It was like everyone was family. Now, Korea has changed. Our kids can’t just go out and play. Everything needs protection and the neighbor that you thought was your neighbor could turn out to be some psycho. Anyways, I wanted to take a picture of this little store and keep it in my records. Just because I know that someday, one day, it might not be here in this way. It might not disappear but it might not look like this.

The road to picking up Josh. The reason I took my camera out on this day was because I had taken an online class that morning on photography and cameras. I literally wanted to attend a class at a physical location, but that just seemed to be too risky (meaning I could give birth in a classroom). So I took one online and it was so worth it. I learned how to change settings according to the environment and lighting. I also learned to actually use the different camera settings. I usually just shoot in P mode and put everything else on auto. But yesterday, I considered the condition of the weather and lighting. Changed everything accordingly, just like I learned and went to pick up Josh with my mother-in-law.

The kindergarten bus. All kindergarten and preschool buses (or most of them) in Korea are yellow. Josh’s bus is also yellow. When the kids arrive at the bus stop, the bus does a U-turn and stops on the right side of the road. All the kids wave and shake their hands to the mothers and grandmothers that are waiting for them. This is just so cute. Although we see each other every day, it’s almost like the kids know, when you’ve arrived. HOME.

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