e-Lew Picks Two

December 17, 2012 § Leave a comment


Saturday, we had Eldyn’s first birthday party! Oh, I love first birthday parties…even if I did go a little bit crazy trying to get everything perfect for his winter themed party. The weather cooperated only in that it reenacted 12/14/11, a.k.a. RAINED just like it did on e-Lew’s first big day.


But all was not for naught, considering every melting ice lantern, every too-sticky popcorn ball and every “over-baked” (thanks N.K.) piece of corn bread was really just a means to a sweet end — a very happy e-Lew. You hardly ever see him happier than the instant he realizes he’s made a whole room laugh, which is something that happened more than once on Saturday night. I hope he never loses the sparkle in his eye that betrays his next funny move. It promises so (so!) much more fun in the days, months and years to come.


Another highlight was the picking ceremony, which is a first birthday tradition at our house now. The picking ceremony is a Korean ritual where you put different things on a tray, dress your baby up in a cute outfit and let him pick two. It is said that their selection decides their fate forever! Eldyn’s tray had a good mix of traditional items, carry-over’s from Hiram’s picking ceremony and some new ones we put there just for him.

  • Ruler = Engineer
  • Pencil = Scholar
  • Thread = Long Life
  • Rock = Lover of the Earth
  • Mirror = Self Awareness
  • Paintbrush = Lover of the Arts
  • Carrot = Nurturer
  • Tea bag = Fortune Teller
  • Star = Astronaut

Eldyn’s picking ceremony went pretty quick. You could tell he was being discerning, but he was also pretty decisive. After considering the ruler for just a few seconds, he quickly opted for the carrot. This confirmed my suspicions. I just knew he was a nurturer!


After a short break to teethe on the carrot, he got right back to business, quickly picking the pencil as his second choice, the thread as his third and the mirror as his fourth (we tried to explain that he stopped after two, but he didn’t listen). And just like that, we were done. My baby is officially a nurturing scholar who may or may not live a long life of self-awareness! He’s also officially one.

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year. But then I see how much Eldyn has grown and how much he can do and it’s hard to believe it’s been only a year. In either case, I feel so lucky to be his mama. The fun has only just begun with my sweet, lovely e-Lew. Happy birthday little man. You are pure joy concentrate.


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