Today is exactly a month since our lil’ girl was born.
According to Chinese custom, this calls for a celebration. I know of some families which make it a really big deal by having a lunch/dinner at a restaurant and invite relatives and friends. But most normal folks will probably just give out cakes and red eggs (hard boiled eggs soaked in a red dye and symbolise good luck, complete happiness, fertility & prosperity) to relatives and friends.
When TJ turned one month old, we just got gift vouchers from Bengawan Solo and mailed the vouchers to my closest uncles and aunties. It saved us the trip of delivering the boxes of cakes, and my relatives could decide which cake they preferred.
But with our lil’ girl still being in the hospital, we aren’t really in any mood to do that either. My mum, on the other hand, had bought her granddaughter some new clothes to commemorate this occasion. Another Chinese custom but not quite sure the meaning behind it. I remember TJ had his first symbolic haircut when he turned one month old, again another of those Chinese custom that I don’t know about and didn’t bother to find out.
Technically speaking, her corrected age is just 32 weeks old.
Nonetheless, these are just numbers and really it doesn’t matter to us.
I am thinking, when she actually comes home to be with us, we will have something at home for our immediate family and closest friends and relatives too. Maybe by then it will be so close to Xmas, that will make the occasion more meaningful too.
Till then, it’s another day closer to the day when she can come home to us.