Back in the Game

Alex is a very cool and chubby chap. But immediately after his birth, the ethereal master switch that governs the daily events of the Farrand household was reset again, as it was when Baengy was born.
And once again, we find ourselves under the command of another tiny tot.
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We have thus far surmised that he enjoys a snuggle, and a wrap.

The Birth of Alex

This past week has been a flurry of activity, sleeplessness and excitement. Both Mother and Alex Seo-jin Farrand are recovering here in the maternity ward in Busan and continue to do well. 

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Like his older sister, Alex opened his eyes on the first day and took his first panning view of a room. While he couldn’t see us, we hoped that our voices would have sounded somewhat familiar and reassuring. 

Our Second Little One

At 10:35am on March 13th, Heather gave birth to our second child, a son. He weighed in at 3.4kg and opened his eyes a little on the first day.
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We’ve named him Alex, and his Korean name is Seo-jin (서진). His mother is recovering well. Overall the birth went quite smoothly, and we’re relieved and excited. 
We greatly appreciate everyone’s support. 

The Wonder Years

Baengy started attending daycare around the time of her first birthday. While she seemed very young, we thought it best for her to interact with others of her species as early as possible. And by that I mean chubby, drooling, like-minded and often hairier-headed Korean babies. We hoped it would help give her a headstart on such important lessons as Social Norms 101 and Introduction to Different Toys.
She has been attending the Geumbit (“sun ray”) Daycare Center, a small but cosy place in Nakseongdae. These photos were recently given to us by the Geumbit staff, as it’s now time for Baengy to move to a much larger daycare center.

What We’re Eating in Seoul

Unless I’m vastly mistaken, our small family of three remain the only representation of the Farrand tribe residing on the Korean peninsula. However, a non-zero possibility also exists that we are the initial flashpoint of a future mighty Farrand empire that will eventually spread from Busan to Northern Manchuria, enslaving all members of the Lee, Kim and Park families. As such, I thought it timely to create this recording of our daily degustations.
Just in case our descendants of the future find pertinent to ask: “Which nutritional substances fuelled our imperialistic origins?”

Munich in a Nutshell

A habit this young blogger has cultivated over the years is to work odd jobs, in addition to a primary occupation. It’s nice to have extra cash flow, and staying busy can be a good thing.
When I first arrived in Busan in 2006, nearly all of the casual work I did was tutoring English to students.

Seasons Greetings

This year has been a good one for us. Ashley is walking and starting to talk. Thus far, she has learned to say “Omma” (Mum), “Appa” (Dad), “Ji-Ji” (dirty) and “Mul” (water).
Our hands are full most of the time, but we count it as a good thing.
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Wishing you all a happy festive season and a productive 2013. 

Quotes About Aging

 “All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow
up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old
she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with
it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for
Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, ‘Oh, why can’t you
remain like this for ever!’ This was all that passed between them on the
subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always
know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.”
J.M. Barrie,

Peter Pan 

Wriggle One’s Hips

We here at Lee’s Korea Blog have never been shy of the catwalk. We’ve also been quite fond of dog walks, when the opportunity arises. No matter the flavour of walk you’re into, this post is dedicated to educating our valued readers on some of the biggest names in the baby fashionverse.