It’s been 100 days with my Clara girl! (Well, more like 115.) Like we did with Luke, we celebrated Clara’s 100 days with her baptism and a teeny tiny baek-il with family. We had red bean steamed rice cake, pat tteok, and pretty pastel song pyeon; I made the excellent double-vanilla cake from Tessa Huff’s new Icing on the Cake book for a little 6-inch layer cake, and (because I failed dismally yet again at making baekseolgi-tteok, even with Maangchi’s new note on how to make your own frozen rice flour, maybe a third kid’s the charm?!) an extra half-batch of Tessa’s recipe for a bunch of mini cakes too.
In 100 days and change, we have found ourselves in the care of the sunshiniest, chubbiest, sweetest little girl there ever was. She loves, in no particular order: napping, chatting all day, getting kisses, and laughing at her tyrannical big brother, even when he does things like try to squash her head or use her belly as a pillow. In keeping with all the second-child stereotypes we heard, she is more easygoing than I knew a baby could be. She’s also, evidently, longer than any girl on the WHO chart, and built a little bit like a very cute, very rotund weiner dog. My unflattering comparisons aside, we are even more in love than we thought we would be 100 (and 15) days ago. Before Clara was born I never could picture what I’d be like as a girl mom, having grown up with a little brother even before I had Luke, but the answer is–a very, very besotted one. And one who really likes buying dresses.
Her four-month birthday on the horizon means that my end of maternity leave is creeping up, too, and in case you had any illusions that I’m handling it better this time around than the last time, I’m not! We had a particularly nice surprise this time around in that B2 got to take some time off at the same time that I did, so all four of us have been kicking it at home together lately. In stark contrast to last time, when B2 went back to work pretty quickly, and I spent most of B3’s naptimes cooking and working on the cookbook, these couple of months have just been all family, all the time. It feels like a little party every day. (A tiring party.) I am sad that this peaceful pocket of time in our family is ending, but super grateful that we got it. What a wonderful gift it’s been.
I hope you are all having wonderful summers, too!