Traditional Vietnamese First Birthday Celebration

Traditional Vietnamese First Birthday Celebration

My daughter turning 1 is a big deal in our culture. My parents are very traditional and helped us prepare a morning tea for the occasion. The Vietnamese word for first birthday is “Thôi Nôi”. “Thôi” means to leave or stop whilst “Nôi” means baby cradle. Figuratively, this marks a new chapter in the baby’s life. Passing the 1 year mark and entering a new period – Becoming a Toddler.  

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Dearest Daughter, Happy 1st Birthday

Dearest Daughter, Happy 1st Birthday

Today is my daughter’s first birthday! I can’t believe how quickly it has gone by and I find myself reflecting on the year that has passed. I’ve never used so many adjectives to describe how I feel. There are not enough words to describe how much I have grown in this past year and how much she has taught me.

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​Carotenemia: My Baby Is Turning Orange!


A few months ago I noticed that Madeleine’s nose was looking a bit yellow/orange and the maternal health nurse asked whether she loved eating carrots or sweet potato. Yep, she definitely did and her skin had turned yellow orange from it, she had ‘carotenemia’. The term makes it sounds alot more serious than it actually is. In fact, it is totally harmless! Continue reading “​Carotenemia: My Baby Is Turning Orange!”

When Does It Ever Get Easier? How To Stay Sane


I’m sorry, this is going to be one of my rants. Many people who don’t know me would probably say get over it, at least you have a baby and you should be grateful. I am grateful and I appreciate every moment as a mother. But sometimes I feel I’m drowning and it’s not getting any easier. Continue reading “When Does It Ever Get Easier? How To Stay Sane”