A very important milestone for a baby in Taiwan is his or her fourth month celebration. Parents celebrate by hosting an Anti-Drooling Ceremony [收涎 (shōuxián)]. To perform an Anti-Drooling Ceremony one must prepare cookies (in multiples of 6 for good luck) and red string. The cookies are made into a necklace to be worn by the baby. These cookies are used by family and friends to wipe the lips of the baby as they say auspicious phrases.
We did this ceremony with Josie when she turned four months old. We may have goofed up part of the ceremony because her drooling increased in the weeks following the ceremony rather than decrease. We didn’t want to make the same mistakes with Nathan so we opted for better cookies this time. We ordered our cookies from Jinny’s Creations [吉尼餅乾] – a company that specializes in Anti-Drooling Ceremony cookies. Continue reading →
Our household has been very exciting this year – We went from raising a toddler to raising a toddler and a newborn baby. Although blogging has been light as a result, there have been a few high quality posts that I would like to share with you in case you missed them the first time around:
Cathy and I welcomed our son Nathaniel into the world on September 10. We have plenty of collages like this on Our Children’s Page.
The post: Transformers 4 – Scene 24 Leaked Storyboards was a collaborative project with a coworker and reeks of awesomeness. We’ve recently acquired an Optimus Prime figure and will be putting together an Optimus Prime and Megatron battle sometime after the Lunar New Year.
Hope you enjoyed this year’s posts! See you next year!
In Taiwan, a special ceremony takes place when a baby reaches four months old. Cookies are strung around the neck of the baby. Family members and friends break off the cookies and rub them on the lips of the baby. This ceremony is to prevent drooling in the future. We took part in this ceremony in April and I have to admit, we must have done something wrong because our baby still drools.
Our daughter Josie likes her Very Hungry Caterpillar toy almost as much as the sound of her voice. Lately she’s been entertaining herself by making sounds whether we’re talking to her or not. She is usually in a chatty mood for about a half an hour to an hour two to three times a day.