As most of you know, our baby Jedidiah was “made in China” while we were there on a two year stint (teaching at an International school). We used this tag line in announcing our pregnancy (read about that here: https://logsdonsbigadventures.com/?s=the+next+big+adventure). Anyways, my husband and I picked up on many Chinese traditions while we were there and we wanted to keep some of them going once we got back to the States. Celebrating Chinese New Year was one of them.
Our son Jedidiah was born in the year of the sheep/ram, just like his daddy. According to a website I found, this means that he is:
“…tender, polite, filial, clever, and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously and circumspectly. In their daily life, they try to be economical. They are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation.” (http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/sheep.htm)
gentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent, thrift
indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed
Not that I put much stock in what these things say, but if he’s anything like his daddy, I’ll be one happy and proud momma!
Anyways, when he was born we tried to get photos of him with a stuffed goat/sheep/ram we’d been given in China over the previous New Year. These photos didn’t turn out very well at all (see below).
So, we decided to do a second take over this 2016 Lunar New Year celebration which took place on February 7-8 (the 7th was Chinese New Year’s Eve and the 8th was actually the beginning of the new Year of the Monkey). We were given several special gifts for baby Jedi before we left and so our little Jedi donned a special Chinese outfit for this photo session. Look at the details of this adorable traditional outfit below.
I absolutely love the photos we got of him. We’ve always been keen on monkeys and we call Jedidiah our “little monkey” so it only seemed appropriate to bridge the transition from goat to monkey with some adorable shots. Here they are… prepare yourselves for cuteness!!!
We’ll start with his sign- the sheep/goat/ram.
Then we decided to do a few with both the sheep AND the monkey…
We had so much fun, I just couldn’t stop! Our ayi (our housekeeper) while we were in China had gifted us some baby shoes and so I decided to throw those in the mix as well.
And finally, our “Little Monkey” with just the monkey, ushering in this new lunar year.
There were a few more shots that I just HAVE to share… he looks like a little Samurai warrior in these! Ready to fight!
There were countless others… I went a little bit crazy with all the photos, but I just LOVED his little outfit and, well, let’s face it, my kid is adorable!!! Happy Year of the Monkey!