In traditional Korean culture, the 100th day of a child's life is a celebrated milestone. Sadly in olden days, many babies did not live past this time due to lack of adequate medicine, poor living conditions, and harsh winters & humid summers. Koreans believed 100 days was necessary for a full recovery for the mother and building immunity for the baby, so babies were kept inside the home and away from things that could cause harm. The 100th day is celebrated to symbolize the end of this delicate newborn stage and the health of the baby, as well as finally being "introduced" to the world.
Now with social media introducing babies mere hours after their birth, and of course tremendous strides in medicine, this day is not as significant as it was in the past. However, I love my Korean heritage and want to incorporate it in every way I can. I also want Kennedy to know and embrace it as well, so we decided to celebrate! Kennedy's 100th day was yesterday, so I decided to work from home and help my mom prepare. Not only did she pretty much take care of Kennedy all day, she cooked for 6 hours! We had seaweed soup, white rice, and chop chae (sweet potato noodle). Both dishes are for health and long life, so we asked the guests to try them out of respect for Kennedy (as well as my mom's work in the kitchen all day!) We also had two kinds of rice cakes and a cake cake of course.
Traditionally, rice cakes are passed out to 100 people and eaten to spread health, prosperity, and love. Since the week night doesn't bode well for parties, we only had a few friends and our immediate family over. I have been passing out rice cakes at work all day today, trying to get to 100 :)
100 days into parenthood has definitely had its challenges. I have been tested like I've never been before (as you all know), and even Sean and I have had our moments as we figure out the best way to parent Kennedy together. I'm very excited that we have been able to celebrate this milestone and hopefully the end of the most difficult days. We definitely could not have done this without the amazing support of our family and friends. Thank you all for celebrating Kennedy and loving her so well. Up next... Kennedy's Doljabi (1st birthday)! I keep waiting for Sean to say, "ok enough Korean stuff.. can we do the American unicorn themed birthday party instead!?" hehe
Summer (& Kennedy)