Austin: 1 Month

Last Saturday, Austin turned 1 month old!  For the Chinese, reaching your 1 month birthday (man yue) is quite the big deal.  But seriously, not only is it a celebration for him… but we survived the first month of parenting!  I’ve got to say, raising a newborn is a real test of patience, arm muscles, mental, physical, and emotional boundaries.  Our little man is so worth it though!
We had some family come to visit Austin for the first time and join us in a feast to celebrate.

Red-dyed eggs are made to symbolize happiness and the renewal of life.

And many babies get their heads shaved so that their new hair will grow in thicker.  However, we were too chicken as parents to shave his head, so instead, we trimmed his mullet and cleaned up his long hairs.  The hairs will actually be brought back to Taiwan to be made into two different calligraphy brushes.  One bigger brush will have his birth information and Daddy’s name on it and a smaller brush will have his birth information and my name on it.  These two brushes will be made of marble and are a keepsake for Austin to be given to him on his wedding day.  How cool is that!?  Aren’t traditions so fun?

Look at my cutie sporting all sorts of handmade goodness.  Aviator hat c/o The Sunshine Stitch, Mr. Mustache Booties from Pleasantly Plump Knits, and handmade blanket from my coworker Lopa (thanks girl)!

Austin is saying “Look at me, I’m a big boy now!”

I can’t get enough of his little feet.  Bare feet.  Feet with booties.  Whatever it is, it’s one of my fave body parts on him!

And here he is with his friend Mickey!  They are about the same size… for now!


  1. February 2, 2012 / 8:38 pm

    Happy One Month to Austin!
    I didn’t know the tradition was to make a calligraphy brush out of baby’s hair at 1 month. I thought it was just shaved off and that was it. That’s so lovely! Wish I had done it now, though I’m not sure if my girls had enough hair at that time (and do they do it with girls or just boys?).
    Enjoy your sweet little one!

  2. February 2, 2012 / 8:44 pm

    Yay happy 1 month Austin! He looks so cute Sandy!

  3. February 2, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    So, so precious. And what fun traditions! That little milk blister on his lip…I freaked out when I noticed Jack’s for the first time. A little Googling later and I was at ease again. Thank goodness for smart phones during those middle-of-the-night nursing sessions, right? 😉

  4. February 2, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    that hat and booties are adorable!! and those are neat traditions – I love hearing them! have a good weekend!

  5. Kim
    February 2, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    Oh, I LOVE hearing about your traditions! I want to raise my future children with traditions, as well. I need to find some first, though! You are lucky that your family does this, I believe!

  6. February 2, 2012 / 9:25 pm

    Awww! Happy one month! He is adorable and I love that picture of your family. So much love!

  7. Lizette
    February 2, 2012 / 9:46 pm

    Sandy what a little blessing he is! Congrats to you and your hubby! He’s so cute! xoxo

    p.s. I see a wolverine in the future 😉

  8. February 2, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    Awww…. Sandy he is so CUTE! I love his little booties and the little stache??? So cute!

  9. February 2, 2012 / 10:22 pm

    these traditions are seriously so intriguing to me! and those little booties are the cutest. i love them! oh, baby austin you are just too adorable!

  10. February 2, 2012 / 10:25 pm

    He’s getting so big, congrats!!!

  11. Life happens
    February 2, 2012 / 10:59 pm

    Happy one month!! We have similar traditions in the Vietnamese culture.

  12. February 2, 2012 / 11:18 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been a month already! All these traditions are so cool! 😉

  13. February 3, 2012 / 12:01 am

    What an amazing tradition! huh, I’m kinda speechless. Just amazing. Happy 1 month birthday, Austin! xoxo

  14. February 3, 2012 / 12:58 am

    Congrats! People say, the 1st month is the hardest one!

  15. February 3, 2012 / 1:16 am

    Awww so cute!!! He has really grown and is getting more and more adorable by the day!

    I love the tradition of cutting hair – funny enough the South Africa Indian and African cultures, also cut their baby’s hair at one month as it’s supposed to bring good luck – fascinating to hear that it is also part of the Chinese culture!


  16. February 3, 2012 / 6:52 am

    Austin is so adorable, congratulations!


  17. jillian
    February 3, 2012 / 7:30 am

    aww those booties are too cute! happy 1 month! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  18. February 3, 2012 / 9:17 am

    Austin is such a cutie!!! I can’t believe he is already a month old!!! I love the tradition of making his hair into a calligraphy brush, how neat!!!

  19. February 3, 2012 / 9:32 am

    Oh! Em! Geeeee!!! Those are the CUTEST booties I’ve ever seen!! THanks for sharing such a lovely post. You’re family is adorable & you’re very lucky to have all that love in your life Sandy.

  20. February 3, 2012 / 10:07 am

    happy first month to Austin! when we had Kaylee first month celebration, it was just a get together. That’s awesome you guys are using his hair for calligraphy. We didnt shave K’s hair either 😀

  21. February 3, 2012 / 10:19 am

    oh my! he is just too precious. and i love that his hair will be made into calligraphy brushes! that is like the coolest thing ever.

  22. February 3, 2012 / 11:35 am

    Wow! Can’t believe he’s already 1 month! We also celebrate the 1 month milestone in vietnamese tradition (and the head shaving thing), but I had never heard of the caligraphy brush made from the hair!! so cool! That’s definitely a special wedding gift. Congrats on making it through your first month! 😀 Here’s to more adventures to come!

  23. February 3, 2012 / 12:27 pm

    Happy 1 month birthday, Austin!!

  24. February 3, 2012 / 3:17 pm

    I held a baby for about an hour and could not believe parents carry around their kids all the time! Moms all must have super-woman arms!

  25. February 3, 2012 / 6:43 pm

    That is SUCH an awesome tradition! I want to some day do that!! 🙂 He’s adorable! Happy one month, Austin!! 🙂

  26. February 3, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    What a cool tradition! Looks like such a great time to celebrate with family!

  27. February 3, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    awww, such a little cutie!! i love his little mustache slippers. too adorable!! x

  28. February 5, 2012 / 8:54 am

    I love hearing about all your cool traditions!! The calligraphy brushes with his baby hair sounds so neat! I hope you share them here once you receive them 🙂

  29. February 5, 2012 / 11:49 am

    What a neat tradition! I’m so fascinated every time I read your blog about these different traditions :]

  30. February 5, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    Oh my goodness Sandy, he is just such a cutie!!! I love those mustache booties and his Mickey doll! Ah, bursting with cuteness.

  31. February 5, 2012 / 5:43 pm

    How precious is your sweet baby!?

    Oh my goodness how I just love this sweet blog.

    Dropping by from over here

    just letting you know that I’ll be reading and following often.

    Love to you!

  32. February 5, 2012 / 6:10 pm

    Wow, I love the idea of the calligraphy pens! So neat. Congratulations to your family!

  33. February 5, 2012 / 8:06 pm

    He is PRECIOUS and I loved reading about the traditions!

  34. February 5, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Neat! In the Hmong culture, we celebrate the baby’s first month as well.. same goes w/ the cutting the hair 🙂

    I love his handmade outfit, so cute! Congratulations!

  35. February 5, 2012 / 10:08 pm

    sandy, congrats on your kiddo’s one month!! you look fantastic btw.. & the calligraphy pen made out of baby’s hair is really interesting. i never knew!! is this a tradition in your family or a general chinese thing?

  36. February 6, 2012 / 5:01 am

    Oh wow, I love the idea of the brushes and happy one month to you all 🙂 he looks adorable in his little hat and booties!

  37. February 6, 2012 / 12:56 pm

    Happy 1 month, Austin!!

    So glad you survived 😀 Looks like it was a lovely celebration 🙂

  38. February 6, 2012 / 2:16 pm

    Love the family photo. Austin is soooo adorable <33

  39. February 6, 2012 / 4:41 pm

    ahhh what a handsome little man. the onsie is adorbs, but the hat and booties and too frickin cute for words! happy one month to him!

  40. July 23, 2019 / 4:49 am

    Happy ! month years old Austin…
    hope you’ll be success in the future, always healthy
    Wish you all the best…

    God Bless you..

    For Austin present, check out this baby wash to keep Austin’s skin moisturize

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