My baby turned 30 days old last Friday!! Why is this important? One, somehow Jeff and I survived our first full month of parenting!! Whew, we did it! Two, in Taiwanese culture, making it to thirty days is a huge milestone and is cause for celebration! For the Taiwanese and Chinese, thirty days marks the end of the mother’s period of resting and confinement. In the olden days of high infant mortality, one month was also considered to be the point at which babies were out of danger and therefore safe to introduce the baby to the world, so it was cause for a big celebration. Traditionally, Taiwanese people have a “red egg” party to mark the occasion and dyed red eggs are passed out to family and friends. You are suppose to eat sticky rice and give the baby red envelopes full of money, too. (Read more about this tradition here.)
I’m not known to be very traditional, we didn’t include any Asian elements in our wedding. In fact, I didn’t even know about this custom until my mom told me about it right before Zoey was born. Jeff and I didn’t have a big party for Zoey’s 30 day birthday, we are still recuperating from hosting Thanksgiving for our relatives, but I did decide to make a bunch of red eggs for Zoey!
My eggs turned out more like hot pink than red though. That’s ok, as you all know, I love pink!! To dye the red/pink eggs, I just dyed hard boiled eggs like how you would dye Easter eggs- with food coloring and vinegar. Except I didn’t have regular red food coloring or vinegar. Running out to the grocery store to buy these things required putting on non-sweats and packing up the baby, two things this tired mama didn’t have the energy to do, so I had to make do with what I had in my pantry: “christmas red” gel food coloring and red wine vinegar. The “christmas red” gel food coloring turned out to not be red at all but the red wine vinegar seemed to work pretty well in place of regular vinegar.
I can’t believe my baby girl is one month old!! This first month of her life has flown by!! It’s definitely been both THE BEST and THE HARDEST 30 days of my life! I’ve always dreamed of being a mom, ever since I was a little girl playing with my premie Cabbage Patch Kid doll and I’ve loved little kids my whole life. I even worked as the children’s director at my church for many years so I thought I knew everything there is to know about babies, but boy was I wrong! Parenting is humbling! Some days early on, I think I cried more than the baby!! But those difficult moments are forgotten when Zoey does little things that bring me so much joy and pride like sleeping 4 hours straight during the night or a little squeal or a little content sigh. Moments like that, my heart is so happy, I feel like its going to burst! I still can’t believe I gave birth and now I have the daughter that I’ve always wanted!
Look at this sweet face, she is by far my biggest accomplishment yet!
We took Zoey to her one month doctor’s appointment and she has gained over 2 lbs and grown 1.5 inches since birth!! Amazing!! I’m always so surprised by how quickly she is growing. Every day, she looks different to me and every day, she is learning new things! (Today, she did tummy time for the first time and lifted her head from one side to the other. And she discovered her thumb for the first time and was happily sucking away!) It sounds silly, but I’m already sad that my little newborn is growing so fast, she is graduating out of newborn size diapers and into size 1 diapers this week. I got so emotional about that, I started getting all teary-eyed and begged Jeff to buy more newborn diapers just so she could seem little to me a for awhile longer. I want her to always be my little baby!!