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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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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

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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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

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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Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

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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My Notes Reviews&Ratings Seoul, South Korea

A TWOSOME PLACE COLD BREW | 투썸플래이스 콜드브루 원액

April 5, 2017

I seriously have NO idea why they named this coffee shop ” A Twosome Place”. Is it just me that thinks this name is weird???

When I first mentioned this to Kaden, Kaden said to me that this coffee shop was a pretty famous place. I was like, “WHAT?!”.

But now, I’m used to it. It’s still weird to me. But I’m used to the fact that it’s a weird name and it’s a bit less weird if you say it shortened in the Korean way that everyone in Korea says it. Everyone just calls it Twosome. As in 투썸. Which does seem a bit better cause the word twosome does mean a pair or a pair of people together. I just think putting “A” and “Place” before and after is a bit awkward. It’s like saying it’s “a pair of people place”. I don’t know, maybe I’m just really weird.

Anyways, when I first went to Twosome, I fell in love with their cakes. Their cakes were not too sweet but soooooo delicious that every time Kaden and I would go to this “place’ for coffee, I would order a slice of cake no matter how full I was. I would try a different slice every time I went and would want more. It was like one slice was never enough. Then I fell in love with their Royal Milk Tea. It was the best milk tea I had tried (hot or iced it didn’t matter) and a slice of cake with a cup of milk tea would just be the best treat for me.

I was a “Starbucks Girl” if you know what I mean. I would always drink Starbucks coffee when I was out and nothing else. Well, if I was in Canada then I would either have Starbucks or Tim Hortons. When I first came to Korea, there wasn’t a Starbucks near my place. There was only “A Twosome Place” and a local small coffee shop that a lady ran by herself. So I really didn’t have a choice on my way to work. Then after I moved in with Kaden, I went back to Starbucks. It was like I had returned home.

Now, it’s back to Twosome. There isn’t a Starbucks near my in-law’s place, but there is a Twosome. Recently, when Kaden and I went to have some coffee. We found out that they had a new menu called the Cold Brew coffee. It was the best black coffee we had tried in a while.

So when we heard that they sold the extract of the cold brew coffee for 14000 won KRW, we bought a bottle and brought it home.

This bottle of the coffee extract is good for 6 months in the fridge and is easy to make. Mix the ratio at 1:4, the extract 1 and water 4.

I love the flavor of this coffee so much that I want to drink two cups a day. I try and hold back, though. If you’ve tried this already, you probably already know that there’s a hint of chocolate flavor in this coffee. I love that. It’s not the sweet chocolate taste but the scent of cocoa. The coffee itself is very bold but very smooth and is really easy to drink. Very rich in flavor but not too strong and bitter.

This cold brew coffee from Twosome is right now, currently, my favorite coffee and I wish I could send some to Canada for my friends to try.

Josh&Andrea&Tyler Seoul, South Korea

Saturday Outing At SamChungDong

April 2, 2017

The air is still pretty bad, but we just had to get out. The kids were going crazy and I was about to lose it too. So I asked my mother in law if she would come with us on an outing near Kaden’s work. I said, lets just go for a stroll, then have lunch somewhere nice and come straight home.

It started out pretty nice. The warm weather was nice. The SUN was nice. The kids were happy to be out too.

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