Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Our Trip to Khao Yai!!

This past weekend baby, grandma, papa and I all went out to Khao Yai for a little "cold weather". This should be understood as 70's during the day and 50's during the night! We were invited by papa's tennis partner, Khun Yai (grandma in Thai) Ang, this knarly 65 year old who's in better shape than ANYONE I know! We thought it would be a nice quiet relaxing weekend in the mountains. Little did we know that it was not just Khun Yai Ang, but 5 of her old lady friends, along with her husband and daughter!

Khao Yai is about 2 hours outside of Bangkok, and Khun Yai Ang's house is another 30 minutes from there. We left at 9:30 am (only 1 hour behind schedule) and so you'd expect us to get tehre around 12ish right? Yah no, we didn't end up getting there until after 6pm! On the way up we stopped at a ceramics factory but couldn't buy anything because they were for export only, but we did have lunch there. Then we had to stop for a bathroom break, then to buy fruit.

Here's the really fun part! These 6 ladies didn't go up there to just hang around and relax, they went up there to KARAOKE!! And let me tell you the drunk Japanese business men have nothing on these women. They were pretty (read:very) terrible! At one point all the neighborhood dogs started howling with them! One lady sang Edel Weiss (from Sound of Music) and instead of singing "bloom and grow" it came out as "broom and grow" [my thai homies will understand why!].

As for me, baby, grandma, and papa we just hung out, went on walks, read, slept and ate. Lots of eatting! The trip home was just as long as the trip up. But over all it was a lot of fun. Check out the pictures:

At the ceramics factory playing with papa (note the "german" beer steins that are obviously not made in germany)

Checking out the view from the main house with papa

Going on a walk with papa (some how her diaper came loose and baby ended up peeing all over papa hehehe)

Me and baby walking around the grounds talking to daddy on the phone

My good girl chillin' in the car (notice her new baby leggs? it was too hot to actually wear them so she was rocking it 80s style)

The amazing standing monkey













The house we stayed in


The main house

Everyone kept trying to stick food in Pnut's mouth so I finally gave up and let them give her corn on the cob. She didn't actually "eat" any of it she just knawed on it for a while. At first she just held it cause it was kinda warm and I think she liked the way it felt. Then she needed to check it out. Finally she tried it and she really seemed to like it and was pretty mad at me when I wouldn't give it back to her after she dropped it on the floor a couple of times and I was tired of washing it off.
(Stupid blogspot wont let me add the rest of the pictures. I will try again later)
t 50 nice picture of the 4 of us

t 51 us and the 6 crooners

The Lost Hilltribe of Red Haired Blue Eyed Babies

Check out my little "chao khao" from the infamous lost tribe of Red Haired Blue Eyed Babies:

November 24th is Loy Kra Tong, which is the Thai Festival of Lights. In order to celebrate properly Tira needed a traditional Thai outfit so her grandma and great aunty sugar found this! The pants are called "jung ga bangs" and the top is common among the 65 year olds here. How does she look?


These last two pictures were taken at Grandma Nat's (formally Pat's) amazing penthouse suite!


Baby and Daddy's Fav Activity - SLEEPING!

I was going through all of our pictures and come across these!




Please Leave Comments!!

Hi Everyone just wanted let remind you that you can leave us comments!! At the end of each post at the bottom right there's a link you can click on to leave us a comment. This blog will eventually become Tira's baby book (there's supposedly a company who will print it out and make it all purty-like) so I think it would be great to have comments from her friends and family included!

Special thanks to Auntie Rissa who always leaves funny comments!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Baby vs the Pen

All I have to say is that this happend in a matter of seconds and I'm just glad she didn't poker her eye out. (Please ignore the snot this was at the height of her cold).


New Accomplishments and Milestones!!

We've now been in Thailand for a month! And boy has Tira changed in just one month, its completely amazing! I swear she's growing up way way to fast.

When we first arrived, Tira had not yet mastered the art of crawling. In fact all she could do was get up on all fours and rock. Now not only can she crawl but she can stand and if she's holding on to something "walk"! The first time we saw her pull her self up to stand was 10/19/07. Now she doesn't have to pull herself up either, she can be in the middle of the room with nothing around her and get up into the standing position! :-O I was going to post pictures of her standing but the only ones I have are of her naked in the bathtub! LOL so instead here's video of her standing. I love that she gets so excited that she waves her arms!

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On Saturday 10/06/07 Tira's first tooth broke through to the surface. It was her bottom right one. Not even 2 week later on 10/18/07 her second tooth popped up! It was the bottom left one! We were all worried about how this would effect her nursing but so far we haven't really had any problems. Right after the second toopher popped up I'm pretty sure she "tested" me. She bite me 3 times during two different nursing sessions. The first time was quick and I was too shocked to do anything about it. The next two times I took her off and said "no biting that hurts mommy." And she screamed at me for taking her off but after that there's been no more biting!! I think she's getting another tooth because she's been chewing and drooling like a madman these last two days! Here's some pictures of her toophers:

If you look really really close at this first one you can barely see the tooth popping through
In her dorky hat!
The cutest bumble bee with teeth ever seen!
I've already posted about her swimming lessons and new foods. She's been babbling a lot lately. Maybe we'll be hearing her first word in a few weeks! My money is on "naughty" or "no" since those are the two words she hears the most!

Yet another milestone would be her funny facial expressions. She can mimic you now. Check out the video of her blowing raspberries.
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Also if you're eating she will make the chewing motion as if to say "hey look I can do it too!!" And of course we have video of it.
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Her newest thing is to scrunch up her nose like a little bunny, it's seriously the cutest thing EVER! This face has proven nearly impossible to catch on camera but I do have an ok picture of it. Not great but it will do.

I just re-read the post and I cannot believe that she's done all that in just the last month! She's growing up way to fast. I don't know what was wrong with me a couple months back when I actually wished she would be more active and worried that she was not doing enough stuff! Typical FTM stupidity. Now I wish I could go back and just enjoy cuddling with my baby and holding her for hours. I'm now lucky if she will sit still long enough for me to nurse her! While I'm excited to see what new and amazing things she will do/discover next, I'm in no rush for my baby to grow up.

New Toys

Since coming to Thailand Tira has gotten a bunch of new toys. The latest addition is the ridiculously cute pink elephant we bought today at the Thai Craft Sale!


Because there's not carpet in Thailand we had to find something so that she could play on the floor. We ended up buy this plastic/foamy mats that link together like puzzle pieces. She loves to play on them:


When auntie rissa got here she brought with her Tira's delila from etsy. Isn't it cute also hand made!

And finally Tira got some new books in Thai! Both are the plastic material that is good for chewing on and makes it so baby can read in the bathtub! One is about animals under the sea and the other is about the sounds animals make. It's great because Thai animals don't make the same sounds as American ones. For example an american dog goes woof woof or bark bark, where as a Thai dog goes hong hong. An american rooster goes cock-a-doodle-do but a Thai rooster goes eggy-eggy-egg! LOL!


Just a side note - today Tira had all her toys sitting in front of her on the mat and what do you think she chose to play with? The empty cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels! Humph!