Iris has officially turned 50 days old. She is cute as ever too. We recently had some professional photos taken at a very nice study, called “Blue-Bebe” http://www.blue-bebe.com and had a great time as well. In fact, the studio owner, loved Iris so much, that he wanted our permission to make her a model on his front page. Sounds good to me ^.^
This past month has been a very important milestone for Iris on many fronts. First off, Iris is both Korean and American, and we had to take care of her passports. Yep, yep.. She has two different passports because of being dual nationality. That was the easy part. Very straight forward. Actually, we’ve read online of others experiences in getting the paper work done, and in some cases, parents would pay third parties gobs of cash to do the paper work for them. It is totally unnecessary in my opinion. Though the U.S. Embassy, does require quite a hefty fee, in the ballpark range of $200 dollars or so. However, it was very simple, and not that long of a wait. In our experience the U.S. Embassy was very professional and courteous. Just be sure to read through all their requirements beforehand and it should be a breeze. (Like ensuring you set up an appointment.) Check out their web site for more information: http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_service.html
On the other side of the coin however, the Korean Services, were more of a pain (as always). Just like with Immigration, their Citizen Services seem to also have different answers to the same questions depending on who you are asking. First off, Iris’s name is unique to the traditional way of naming someone in Korean. Her name is too long for one thing. So they didn’t know how to input it into the system. Thankfully my wife is very smart, and handled the situation very well. She was able to put them in their place and get the ball rolling.
So it’s all good.
As for Iris, she’s doing quite well. Next week we are going to go to the clinic for another immunization shot. This time around, I plan on taking a video of the whole ordeal to capture her reaction. I remember my baby sister, Summer, who also had an extremely adorable reaction to her first shot. The doctor, put the needle in her arm, and Summer, took one look at her mom, another look at her arm, and one more look at her mom… Ten seconds later, she started screaming! It was so funny. (At the time I was just ten years old)
Iris loves to drink (milk) a lot! Actually, she is still on a half/half diet of formula and breast milk. She averages I would say about 90 – 120 mL in one sitting. One very cool thing about her, is she only cries if; Hungry or needs a diaper change. And boy oh boy! Her diapers get wet! Imagine, Niagara Falls. So, here I am, changing her diaper, and as I’m changing it, and have the new one ready to strap, she just relieves herself on the fresh diaper. D’oh. So I change the new diaper and she does it yet again!! So I’ve learned, even after she has just did her thing, I should wait a little while longer to ensure she really is finished. o.O
Another fun experience is giving Iris her bath. I have to admit, the first few times was quite a learning curve. I’m afraid the only times I have ever heard her actually scream was while giving her a bath, and each time was because the water was way too hot. To put it in the words of my wonderful co-worker Rachael, “The only time when she screams is when you give her 2nd degree burns.” This pretty much is correct. Thankfully, Iris won’t remember this.. Though, when she is older, she will probably read this blog and won’t let me forget it. However, one really cute thing, is when she is taking a bath, she will cry if I am not holding her hand, while Lily, her mother is washing her. Her facial expression is sometimes that of shock, delight and contempt.
After she is all nice and clean, we dry her off, only to have her relieve herself again on the clean towel, almost like clockwork, so we have to rinse her off yet again. Very interesting that she always waits till after her bath, like on purpose.
We try to keep a schedule of events, so around 8:30 every night, we give her a bath, and shortly after, we make it bed time. As of these days, it seems to be working very well, with Baby Iris at times sleeping a solid 6 hours (sometimes more). Before, she would only sleep 3 hours and then stay awake during odd hours of the night. However, I know she is still very young, and this good sleep habit is bound to change yet again. No worries.
Interestingly, every time we travel outside of the home, she falls asleep. She is very good at taking naps when we need her to. On the bus, she will sleep, when we are at some office, she will sleep, but when we are home, she is wide awake. We are still putting her on her tummy, for 15 (or so) minutes a day, and it shows that she is learning to use her arms and legs more day by day. Even though she is only >2 months old, she is starting to have good control of her head movement. The Photo Studio we took her to was surprised that she had the ability to lift her head nicely, as most of their clients at that age do not.
All in all, I’ve learned so much and for the most part having a lot of fun with Iris. She falls asleep while I’m holding her to when she lets out loud burps that shake the house, to her little “pon`goos” 방구 (Korean for fart) ㅋㅋㅋ. Looking forward to the next 50 days! =^..^=