James gave Henry a large piece of his cake (it was an entire ear from the monkey), and that kid chowed down! He shoveled it in with obvious joy and ate every bite. There was mass destruction of both his party clothes and the high chair afterwards. My camera battery died just as he was getting super messy. When he had devoured every bit of cake, we took him and wiped him down with nearly a pack of baby wipes and then changed him into his hanbok. Oh, and he spit up quite a bit in the process, which wasn't surprising in the least.
Then we took him back to his guests so that he could perform the toljabee, which is where there are symbolic objects set in front of the baby for him to pick from. In this tradition, Koreans believe that the first object a baby picks will represent what he will become as an adult. The baby then selects another object and that has a secondary influence on the baby. We set the following items in front of Henry: 100 dollar bill (wealth), bow and arrow (brave/warrior), spool of thread (long life), cell phone (technology), baseball (athlete), book (scholar), Korean rice stick (wealth...yes, we had two money representations!). He immediately went right for the baseball and in that process grabbed the 100 dollar bill too. We decided he got the money by accident and let him chose something else. Not surprisingly he went for the rice stick. He is a little eater! So...it seems we have an athlete who will be quite wealthy (picked money twice!). I guess Daddy should start sharpening those athletic skills.
Following the toljabee it was time for presents, and believe me---there were GOBS of them! Gift bags, tissue paper, and toys were everywhere. Henry got so many fun things to play with.
Henry likes his cousin Coby (and the Wii too!).His grandma gave him this. Very fun! Love the drooly shirt.
It turned out to be wonderful. Henry was on his best, cutest behavior and seemed to really enjoy having so much fuss made over him. It was wonderful sharing his special celebration with so many close family and friends!
I also want to add that we sold our house!! After going back and forth several times following the buyer's inspection, it's finally official! They close on Aug. 26, so we are trying to quickly make decisions about where we are going to live. I also am about to set my classroom up for this year (even though I'll take FMLA leave until November). Setting up my classroom involves lots of unpacking and preparation, which is really stressful when combined with the packing/moving to a new house. More to come about all of this on a later post.