Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Baby's First Cold - Kind of

Saturday Tira had her usual swimming lesson, only this time the water was icy cold! Grandma and I braved the water but I bailed after nursing Tira mid-way through the lesson. G-ma was a trooper and stuck it out. Trooper or sucker? She ended up catching a cold. And yesterday Tira picked it up. It's BARELY a cold! All she has is a runny nose. But let me tell you all it took was runny nose to keep this little terror up all night. She thought that just because she got 2 hours of sleep then woke up because she was all stuffed up it was then play time. LOL! She did not like the suction bulb either. Ohh man did she scream and yell and us whenever we got near her with it. A couple of times I managed to sneak up behind her and get her, but it really didn't do much good. She seems to be better tonight. She hasn't woken up yet. So hopefully she will STTN and wake up as my happy little angel instead of the snot monster (actually she's been really sweet and happy through this, she only cries or gets upset when you try and wipe/suck her nose).

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Un-Christmas Un-Gingerbread House

Grandma was hired by a new magazine to make a gingerbread house. The magazine wanted to do a how-to article on making your own gingerbread house so they aksed G-ma is they could photograph the creative process. Too bad the people at the magazine had no idea what they were doing, no budget to pay G-ma, and no comon sense (typical of Thais). After doing our research online and going back and forth with the magazine people it was decided that instead of doing an actual gingerbread house we would do the 2nd grader version and use graham crackers . On Friday we sent them the links of various sites explaining how to build the house and what it would look like, as well as a list of supplies we would need, and instructed them to cut out the cardboard templates before hand (with this type of gb house you paste the graham crakers on to a milk carton or cardboard cut outs). When they showed up on Monday they came armed with 3 eggs (even though the recipe called for 4), 1 cup of sugar (even though the recipe called for 5), no cut outs, not even the cardboard, weird butter crackers instead of graham crackers, and the most un-Christmas-y candy ever. So G-ma had to send them out to the store and get everything that was missing. And then spent the next 4 hours trying to create a gingerbread house (mind you G-ma had never made one before). I had serious doubts about the outcome of this little endeavour. Especially since the roof seemed to weigh twice as much as the rest of the house! But in the end it came together rather nicely - didn't look Christmas-y at all, infact it looked more like the gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel but ohh well. Here are some pictures:

This is a picture of the "snowman". I guess it's a Thai snowman!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Food!!

Baby is now just over 7 months old and has tried a variety of different foods. After the failed banana attempt of --- we waited. On the airplane to Taipei I spontaneously gave her a little taste of my Jok which she surprisingly seemed to like. Since we had Jok for breakfast for the first week I was here, Tira got to eat quite a bit of it! After that we gave her bananas, then avocados, then baby oatmeal, and our last try was sweet potatoes. She’s seemed to like all but sweet potatoes. Today Grandpa fed her for the first time and she got her first mixed food – oatmeal and bananas!! You still need to coax her into opening her mouth by opening your mouth first and then after she’s taken a bite it’s like the Lakers just won the playoffs with all the cheering and clapping!! But hey whatever works. We haven’t bothered with a food mill or processor just a good old fork and some fresh mommy’s milk. It works great. Here are some pictures of her eating:

First taste of baby oatmeal:


Random pictures:


I forgot to mention it but we’ve been trying to give her a sippy cup which hasn’t worked out so well. She doesn’t seem to get anything out of it. When I tried the sippy cup I couldn’t get anything out either! But yesterday at swimming we saw a little 8 month old who was drinking out of a straw, so that’s our next mission. Here are pictures of her first attempt at the sippy cup:




Friday, October 26, 2007

Typical Thursday in Thailand

So true to my word I’m taking a break from my catch up and I’m going to post about our day yesterday! It was fantabulous! A seriously perfect Thursday! Yesterday morning we went through our normal routine. Baby wakes up I give her to g-ma and g-pa who play with her (since she’s sweetest and happiest in the morning) and I get an extra hour of sleep. Today I got on the computer instead and fiddled around online. Then we had breakfast. My mom had yummy omelets and baby had oatmeal! She’s starting to actually eat it. After that g-ma and g-pa and baby took the dog for a walk while I bloged. When they got back baby went down for her nap.

When she got up we went to the Polo club. G-pa and I went up to the work out room and exercised while G-ma waited with baby, since she had fallen asleep. When she got up we took her to the brand new kiddy pool to swim. She had such a blast! She’s so cute and I swear she’s getting a great tan! She’s got my skin so no matter how much sun screen you put on her she’ll tan. But it looks beautiful! We tried out her new floaty – which she loved! The only problem was her licking up the pool water. Here’s some pictures:

After that we had some lunch and went shopping. Baby had fallen sleep while we were shopping but woke up as soon as I tried to put her to bed. She did this again while we were watching Heros. Baby decided she didn’t want to go to bed and stayed up for all three episodes of the show! She played with her toys and practiced standing (her newest favorite past time) and finally by the end was cranky. But still wouldn’t go to sleep. So g-ma mobied her and spent the next 20 minutes singing and bouncing to get her to finally go down!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Baby's First Flight!!

So I’ve been the uber-slacker and haven’t done a single post since I said I was going to post regularly! But today it all changes – I’m going to post the catch up ones and I’m going to post at least every other day! So here we go:

On October 28, 2007 Tira became a world traveler! She took her first flight to Thailand! What a way to start off! It wasn’t some boring short flight to Arizona or even what American’s consider a long flight over to the East coast. No she did it right and took a 17 hour long flight to Thailand!

Friday was a crazy mad rush to get everything ready for our trip. Traveling in true Lelanuja/Moore style we needed 3 cars to get us and all of our luggage to the airport! Mommy and Daddy went in one car, Grandma and baby went with Nani and Hanna, and the luggage went with Aunty Lexus (the life saver!). LAX was of course a mad house and it took forever to park and even longer to get checked in. Here’s my little jet setter waiting in line:

After the hour it took just to check in, we saw that the security line was enormous so instead of sitting and spending time with everyone we went and got in yet another line! Once we got to the front of security it was time to say good bye. It was very very sad. Pnut knew what was going on and she was sad to be leaving her Nani and daddy. But I promised her she could talk to him on the phone and send him e-mails so she was happy.
Once inside we went to our terminal and decided to take a nap:
Then it was time to board and away we went. Tira was a perfect angel on the flight! She slept and ate and played. Here are some of her pictures:

Sleeping in the bassinet the airline provided (our flight left a 1:30am so baby was a tired monkey):
(see the old lady in the back ground – she was on her way to Vietnam, she spoke no English and no Chinese. So no one could communicate with her! Brave eh?)

Baby just woke up:
Playing with Mommy :
Cant go any where with out Mr lion:
Look at me I’m super cool – can’t touch this da na na na




Baby got her first taste of Jok on the plane! It’s the same a kow thom. Yummy:


We had a lay over in Taipei. The descent was a little rough on baby because she wouldn’t stay latched on. It helps her to be eating during take off and landing because the sucking helps with the pressure in her ears. But soon enough it was over and we were strolling through the Taipei airport. It was more like a mall/museum then an airport! There were tons of stores and art exhibits. But best of all there was a Hello Kitty play area (which is part of the Hello Kitty terminal) and changing/nursing room (of course we found the changing room after we did baby’s diaper in the bathroom). Check out big girl Tira playing in Hello Kitty land:

In front of the play vanity:


Playing with G-ma on the awesome slide:


Me and baby in the Hello Kitty Terminal (makes LAX look really blah):

The Hello Kitty Nursery Room – every airport, mall, store, public place should have one of these. There was a nursing room, changing tables, hot water for bottles, a sink, a crib, diapers, wipes, pretty much everything you could think of! G-ma and I took a Taiwanese diaper for a souvenir.



After touring the airport, we sent a quick e-mail off to daddy, G-ma and I had a quick snack (siao lung bao) all while baby slept on my back in the Ergo. If you’re traveling with a baby you need an Ergo! It was a life saver.

The flight from Taipei to BKK was a short 4.5 hours. Of course baby waited until we were descending to start grunting and turning red – ie. Pooping! We had to wait for everyone else to get off the plane and then use the tiny airplane bathroom to wash her butt. Then we were off. Great-grandma’s friend works at the airport so he had someone meet us. I think there was some kind of communication problem because he showed up with wheelchair. Ohh well it was good for pushing our extraordinary amount of carry on luggage. We went through immigration, where Tira just had to put her foot in her mouth (literally) while they were taking her picture. Then we got our 5 ginormous suitcases and went to meet grandpa for the first time!

All and all it was a great trip! Tira was an angel and we all made it safe and sound!

Monday, October 8, 2007

OC GTG - Sept 15, 2007

We went to another GTG with the March 2007 Muffins!! It was a ton of fun. Tira, me, Ga-ma, and Aunty Lexus all went. We met up with mommy Kristin and her muffin Tanner, and mommy Calee and her muffin Audrey. We were of course late (like 45 minutes!) but they were kind enough to wait for us. We meet at the Irvine spectrum and had lunch at Red Robin. Kudos to Red Robin because I BFed Tira with no problems at all! It was a nice long lunch with a lot of chatting. Me being a slacker only got a couple pictures and Kristin got a couple too. Check 'em out:


All of us:

Audrey saying hi to Tira:










Audrey going after Tanner - she LOVED Tanner! Kept trying to grab him and hug him. She was all smiles and giggles, a little flirt! Not just this picture look at all the pictures she alsy staring and smiling at him! LOL!

The Library

Tira has had her library card since she was 4 months old! During September the Anaheim library had "Hug-A-By" time. It's for babies under a year old. The first time she went with her Ga-ma and had a blast with the other babies. See:

They were jealous of her blue eyes and she was jealous of all their hair!

The next week she went with her daddy. They read a book, sang songs, and played. See:

Baby and daddy hanging out:




Listening to the book being read:
P-nut and daddy talking;

Update

Momma's been a slacker and hasn't been posting blogs. But I am going to be making more of an effort to blog regularly!! Between wrapping up work, packing, saying good bye to everyone and our first week here in Thailand it's been crazy! I have some catch up posts I'm going to write right now and then I'll start with a daily post (well hopefully daily).

Saturday, October 6, 2007

I knew it! She looks more like ME!

Ok just barely but still!