December 8, 2011
The tradition of celebrating the 100th day (baekil) stems from a time in Korean history when many babies didn’t make it through the early months. When a baby did make it to the 100th day the whole village would celebrate.
For us, the baekil party was about gathering our closest family and friends to celebrate Joy and all the happiness she has brought us in the past 100 days. As you know, the past few months haven’t been that easy so it was especially nice to celebrate this milestone.
At first we weren’t going to do anything at all, especially in terms of decorations. As it got closer to the date I realized I really did want to add some special touches even if everyone around me told me to forget it~ lol!
Although there were many more things I would’ve liked to do~ I’m happy with the results because it’s surely better than having done nothing at all. I bought some supplies from Target and stayed up the night before making a few things.
We had a simple head table set up. The cake and cupcakes were from I Heart Cupcakes. I made the fabric toppers~ super easy to make!
One of my favorite last minute projects was the photo board. I printed out a bunch of 4×6 photos from the past few months and cut them into squares. I just taped them on some cardstock and left a space for messages. I loved reading them and also seeing a snapshot of Joy’s first 100 days.
I always love seeing big families and envy their closeness and get togethers. At one point during the party I realized…this IS my family. These are the people who are always there for me. They are the ones who celebrate my achievements, hold my hand as I cry and always pray for me. I am truly blessed.
From my wedding day to Joy’s baekil…
Big Bro + Big Sis
I was worried about how the big bro & big sis would feel when we had a party where all the attention would be on Joy. It’s hard for a 2-year-old (and a dog) to understand why your little sister gets her own party! Teresa was so nice and baked Evan her famous carrot cake! I just stuck a little banner and sign on it and Evan loved it.
Of course, Bella got a special treat too! She’s such a wonderful dog. She’s had to give up a lot of her princess lifestyle to make room for two babies.
Happy 100 Days!
It seems as if I just blinked and now you’re already 100 days old. Yet I’ll never forget that first moment I held you in my arms. I just held you close and breathed you in. It was truly a wish come true. I thank God every single day that I have my little girl~ healthy and beautiful. I feel like I could sit and watch you for hours. When you give me that goofy little smile of yours I just melt. I’m so excited to show you all the wonderful things in this world and to pass down all the motherly wisdoms that my mom taught me.
You fill our lives with so much love. Bella loves snuggling up next to you. Evan loves squeaking your giraffe toy for you. Your daddy loves singing with you. I love having little conversations with you and hearing you coo. There’s just so much love here for you.