Sunday, July 27, 2008

She's a baby, she's not stupid

In fact I'm pretty sure she's a genius (all parents say that hehe)! She's too smart for her own good. Everyone thinks they can pull a fast one on Tira and then are surprised when it doesn't work. For example Tira LOVES to wear her harness. But when she first started insisting on wearing it it wasn't just the harness it was the leash part too:

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She wanted you to walk her around the room, around the tables, around her toys, etc. Sometimes I'd get lazy and just let go but it was fine with her because she just dragged it around like a tail. Well Papa being the paranoid grandfather he is kept taking the leash part off and she would get pissed off and start yelling at him and crying. I tried to tell him she wasn't stupid and she knew that he was taking it off but he didn't believe me.

Here's another example. I was feeding Tira dinner last night and she was doing an ok job of eating. G-ma had made scrumptious cinnamon rolls earlier and walked into the room eating one. Tira immediately stops eating her dinner points at g-ma and the cinnamon roll and goes "ohhhhh"!!! I of course said "great now she's not going to finish her dinner, that's why I ate mine in the kitchen." To which g-ma replied "how does she even know what it is?" She's a baby but she's not stupid.

We've been trying to sneak veggies into her diet since she's started being a picky eater. So today I mixed some pureed veggies into her jok (kowthom) - not a lot just enough to give her a serving of veggies. Yah she took one look at it and gave me a "haha nice try mommy look - I know that's not the way my food normally looks!"

Here's the best example. Yesterday Tira pulled a sour milk out of the refridgerator (sour milk is not sour milk by the way, it's like a yogurt drink, why they call it sour milk is beyond me). She normally drinks it right out of its single serving container using a straw:


But when we do it like that someone has to hold it for her or she'll tip it upside down and spill it everywhere. So g-ma thinking she's smarter than the baby poured it into Tira's sippy cup. Well Tira wanted nothing to do with the sippy cup because she figured there was still only water in it and she wanted her sour milk. So g-ma takes the straw and puts it in the sippy cup so Tira will figure out that the sour milk is in there. Tira starts drinking from the sippy cup like normal with the straw in it (you know lift it up and tip it upside down, vs just drinking out of the straw). Well g-ma started worrying that the straw would slide down Tira's throat (not that it was likely at all since it was stuck in there pretty tight) so she kept trying to take the straw out and Tira would get pissed!! I mean crying and yelling and ohh the mad face she made. G-ma tried 3 times to take the straw away and finally just gave up. Again I tried to tell her, she's not stupid she knows you've taken the straw away and she wants it in there.

After typing out this blog post I've come to the conclusion that its not just that Pnut is not stupid but she's also stubborn as a mule (ie. her father). LOL.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Free Cloth Diapers

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My Baby says MAMA!!!

So Tira can now clearly say Mama! And she knows exactly what she wants when she says it. You'd think I'd be ohhh so happy but alas I'm not. Why you ask - because Mama doesn't mean me! It means "I want". Points to the door and says "mama" means I want out, points to the food and says "mama" means I want to eat that, points to the video and says "mama" means I want to watch baby einstein. But never ever ever points to me and says mama :-(

Friday, July 18, 2008

Memories

So I was going through my pictures looking for the ones from when Tira went to the ER and came across these... I totally forgot how freaking adorable and chubby she was! I mean she's still beautiful but in a more toddler way now. Back then she was just all infant chub hehehe

Cruising in my walker:
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Learning how to stand:
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Already addicted to the cell phone - just like my daddy:
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Just plain cute:
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cheesecake - yummmmmm

I'm too lazy to write anything so here are some sprinkles of Tira's first cheesecake experience:

Mad because we're taking too long to leave the house:

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Yummy first bites:

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What was left after pnut attacked it:

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Happy Birthday Uncle Muscles!!

Happy bithday wishes from the pnut and p2!!!

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Royal Bangkok Sports Club

Lucky lucky pnut got to go swimming today! Instead of going to our usual watering hole, the Polo Club, we decided to try out the new and "improved" swimming pool at the Sports Club. We were not impressed. First of all, the children's changing rooms were all the way upstairs - that's real safe to have a bunch of wet little kids running up and down stairs, and remember this is Thailand so of course the flooring they used is slippery when wet. The changing room is soooo stinkin' small, not air conditioned and there's no where to sit/change baby. The showers are tiny which makes no sense for the children's changing room since more often then not there will be at least two people in them (child and parent). Did I mention they were not air conditioned??? Second there's absolutely no shade in the baby pool - well I take that back by 2:30 the buildings half shaded the pools. Third they didn't make the baby pool ozone or salt water. Fourth the Pool Side Cafe SUCKS! Fifth the ground around the pool got scorching hot which I think is from whatever they material they used because the ground at the Polo club does not get that hot. And sixth the whole set up was impersonal and stupid.

However the actual design of the baby pool was awesome. It was two circles touching and an arm around one side of the circles. I wish I had pictures but of course my camera was out of batteries. Anyways one circle was "deep" it came up to my waist so Tira couldn't stand it in. The arm part was not quite as deep and came up to Tira’s arm pits. She could walk around there no problem without her water wings. And the other circle was shallow, the water only came up to Tira's knees. She loved this section because she could crawl in the water and float on her tummy using her hands to support herself. She loved going back and fourth between the two sections and up and down the stairs (of course). The different levels got a little confusing for her because at one point she kept trying to get on her knees in the part that was too deep. Despite all the things I didn't like about the place Tira had a blast. I don't have pictures from today but here are some cutie patootie pictures of her last Sunday at Polo:

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Spoiled Rotten Baby

My little Tira is spoiled rotten! Just this week she's gotten 3 amazing new toys! First was the cutest pretend breakfast set you've ever seen. All wood with non-lead paint (yipee). It has a little tray and different food items. She loves it!


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Her next toy was our biggest purchase for her yet. It was a slide/jungle gym. She LOVES it!!! When we first got it home and set it up, she was going down the slide and then run a celebration lap around the living room. She also did her happy dance (I'll have to try and get a video of it - it's stinkin' hysterical). It took a couple tries before we figured out what worked best. First of all since we living in hell - umm I mean hot and humid Bangkok and Tira is always nekid she basically just stuck to the slide and didn't go any where. LOL. Even with panties on the back of her legs stuck. We tried having her slide down a towel but setting that up each time got old really fastSo we found some old pants that didn't drag on the floor (so she wouldn't trip climbing back up the slide) and that didn't seem to work either because she didn't get the concept of picking up her feet. She'd plant her feet down and prevent herself from sliding. So the first day I ended up having to stand next to the slide and pick up her feet every time she wanted to slide down. Yahh fun and relaxing for pregnant mommy right? She's a smart cookie and realized that she needed to hold on tight and use the side bar to steady herself. We were contantly telling her to hold on and use two hands just to reinforce the safety issue. Eventually she got confident - which lead to independent and she just like to scoot herself down the slide - she would get mad when you tried to help her. She's a climbing monkey so she has tons of fun. Today she discovered sending Papa's keys down the slide and thought it was hysterical. She stood at the top of the slide and let them roll. So again I got the joy of standing there and bending down every 5 second to pick up the keys and hand them to her. Mainly because I didn't want her to attempt to climb up the slide with the keys in her hand that would've resulted in an accident. Speaking of which we only seemed to have had one so far (keeping finders crossed), she fell backwards while trying to climb up the slide and hit her back on the edge, but didn't hit her head so she was pretty much ok, more scared than anything. We're still pretty cautious and someone is always there with her when she's playing on it.


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The most recent toy is her new crab-walking-stick we got yesterday. Bet you know exactly what I'm talking about from that description! She LOVED the silly thing, she spent 20 minutes pushing it around the mall (we got it at Emporium and they were set up by the escalators so not actually in the department store but on the outside) while the sales man went to get a new one from their storage unit. They couldn't find a new one so they gave us the display one for 50% off!! it was in perfect condition I just wiped it down with a Lysol wipe when we got home! ::happy dance for saving money:: Tira played with it all afternoon and didn't seem to get tired of it!
(I don't have any good pictures of her playing with the stupid thing because she moves so fast that they all end up blury).

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Catch Up - First Trip to the ER

So I'm trying to do a little catch up and blog about old events (you know the small things like Thanksgiving, Christmas, daddy's trip out here, Chiang Mai etc). Anywho, on our second trip up to Chiang Mai (back around Thanksgiving 2007) we had our first trip to the ER. It started out with pnut and I taking a shower. She was sitting on the floor of the shower and I was standing. My mom was in the bathroom and we were chatting. I can't remember if she reached for a toy or just lost her balance and fell but she fell backwards and smacked her head on the edge of the shower stall. And ohh my goodness that was the first time I had ever heard her screaming and doing the I'm seriously hurt cry. We immediately rushed out of the shower and put ice packs on her head. I gave her boobie - ohh the magic calming boobie, seriously how do formula feeding mommies do it? - but she would suck for a few seconds and then cry again. I was crying along with her. Ohh it broke my heart! Finally my uncle picked us up and we raced off to the ER, I nursed her the whole way and tried to not let her fall asleep. We got a little lost but eventually found the hospital and we raced in. It had been at least 45 minutes since the accident. They took her in and with in a few minutes she was surrounded:

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One doctor (also a professor at the university), a handful of nurses, and even more interns!
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The doctor checked her out and asked us a bunch of questions. He was super nice and very good with Tira. He said we didn't have anything to worry about but to keep any eye on her for any unusual behavior. They didn't charge us which was pretty amazing. Which in a perfect world makes sense because it only took the Dr about 5 minutes and he didn't use any equipment/materials. If only all hospital were about taking care of patients and not making money.
Here's a picture of where she hit her head taken after we got back to the resort. Believe me it looked A LOT worse when it first happened:
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Monday, July 14, 2008

More Sprinkles - courtesy of Aunty Sara

Back in June the entire Ostrowski Fam-Bam (including husbands and boyfriends) made their way back to BKK to see the baby of the family graduate. We had them all and Sara over for a little swim. While I am unable to get a single good picture of Tira, Aunty Sara seemed to have the magic touch and got some really cute pictures of my pnut smiling! Enjoy:

Pnut and her fav aunty Lexus:

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Pnut sporting the European bikini look:
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Sunday, July 13, 2008

New Banner

Check out the simply FABULOUS banner that laura_sh from the March Muffin's board made for me!!! We have the best siggy makes in all of iVillage!!! THANK YOU! *MUAHHHH*

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sprinkles

How cute are we?!?!


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Hopefully soon these will be made into a new siggy for me!! Here are some more pictures of my cutie pie since I'm too lazy to write an actual blog:
Playing with my new breakfast set:

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Pretending the egg is a phone:

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Playing on my totally awesome new mini-jungle gym/side:

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Just me being cute:

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I'm gonna getcha mommy:

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Hair Removal - MUST READ!! SO FUNNY!!!

Since most everyone who reads this blog is a girl (except of course Mike) I figured I wasn't going to make anyone uncomfortable (some guys might actally find it funny). This was posted on the March Muffin Board and is probably the most hysterical story I have ever read. The original posted warned us to go pee before reading - advice I should have taken since being 33 weeks pregnant and laughing so hard you give yourself contractions doesn't bode well with a partially full bladder. So I'm giving you the same advice - go pee first then read, enjoy, and have a good hard laugh:

Hair Removal...(I don't have a clue as to who wrote this, but....WHAT A RIOT!)

For those of you who wax, you will understand fully and those who don't will never make this mistake. Better go pee before you read this. This is by far one of the funniest things I have ever read.

All hair removal methods have tricked women with their promises of easy, painless removal - The Epilady, scissors, razors, Nair and now...the wax. Read on.........
My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours:'Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet.' So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom. It was one of those 'cold wax' kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off. No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be? I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!)
So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees.('Cold wax,' yeah...right!) I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull. It works! OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.
With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet. Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it *was* a long strip) I inhale deeply and brace myself.... RRRRIIIPPP!!!!
I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!....OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!! Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip. CRAP! Another deep breath and RIPP! Everything is spinning and spotted. I think I may pass out...must stay conscious...must stay conscious.
Do I hear crashing drums??? Breathe, breathe...OK, back to normal.
I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip. There's no hair on it. Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX??? Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip...it's not! I touch. I am touching wax.
I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG mistake...remember my foot is still propped upon the toilet? I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.
Sealed shut! My butt is sealed shut. Sealed shut!
I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself 'Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!' What can I do to melt the wax? Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right??? *WRONG!!!!!!!*
I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit. Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub...in scalding hot water. Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax. So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!
I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation starter 'So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!' There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, 'Are we talking cheeks or hole or hoo-ha?' She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box. YEAH!!!!! Right!! I should be the joke of someone else's night.
While we go through various solutions. I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor . Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!! By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event. My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax. What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and OH MY GOD!!!!!!!
The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend. It's sooo painful, but I really don't care. 'IT WORKS!! It works !!' I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair....THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT! So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point.
Next week I'm going to try hair color..

Pampered Mommy

Mommy and Yai Yai decided to pamper themselves a little bit on Friday! We left the crazy pnut with her Papa and took off to the nail salon to get pedicures. My poor feet were in desperate need of some TLC!! For a mere 70 baht ($2.25) I got a great pedicure. No foot spa and I asked them not to massage my feet (since there are pressure points in your foot that can sent a women into labor) but I did get a good scrubbing, shaping, and cleaning! I was going to do before and after pictures but I decided that the before pictures were too scary. Here are a couple pics of me getting pampered and the final product:

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Thursday and Friday

Today marks our second day of having internet right here at home and I think I've been on the computer more today then I have in the last 3 months!! Trying to make up for lost time I guess.

After spending a considerable amount of time on iVillage I decided that I really want a new siggy and a new heading picture - the one of me and Tira is so old, she doesn't look like that any more!! But as I perused my last few months of pictures I realized all my pictures of Tira are of her either making her ugly face or covered in some type of food!! No cute up close pictures :-( On top of that I think I have maybe 3 pictures of her in clothes!!! I need to do a mini-photo shoot with the poor kid so we can have some memories of her that are of her naked with chocolate pudding smeared all over her face.

Since today was the 4th of July Yai Yai (grandma's new name) made a delicious "American" dinner. Ribs, potato salad, and coleslaw. I think baked beans was originally on the menu but got forgotten. Tira LOVED it and ate a bunch. On top of that Yai Yai made her world famous carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Yummy! I know p2 and I will be having for a mid-night snack! I sure Tira would have loved the carrot cake too had she not been so distracted by our evening visitors - Uncle Luke and Auntie Rachel. This was Tira's second time seeing Luke (she LOVED Luke the first time she met him) and first time meeting Rachel. She was a little shy (I think because she was pretty tired) but warmed up to them as soon as Luke pulled out his cell phone. She showed them just how comfortable she was with them by peeing all over mommy and the coffee table while we were trying to talk. LOL. It wasn't just a little pee either, it was like a niagara falls pee! By the end of their visit she was smiling and making goofy eyes at them, nodding her head in agreement to whatever we were discussing, and waving bye bye when it was time for her to go to sleep.

Back tracking here a little bit. Yesterday I went to my first BAMBI (bangkok mothers and babies international) Bumps and Babies meeting - since I have both a bump and a baby! I was pretty sure that I'd be the only one in there with a toddler (ack did I actually call my baby a toddler?!) but there were 4 other little ones there around Tira's age. There were also a bunch of itty bitties and of course a bunch of pregnant ladies. Normally they have a topic they discuss and usually a guest speaker - I had thought that they were going to be discussing breastfeeding but alas since it was their first meeting at their new location it was just an informal tea/get-together. It however was nice to meet other pregnant mommies and other mommies with babies Tira's age. It was also good to see how Tira interacted with the other kids. She didn't seem too interested in them while I was watching but when Yai Yai took her into the other room apparently she was enamored by one of the little boys and kept trying to kiss him. hehehe. Of course being me I didn't take my camera so I have no pictures :-( I did get to meet a LC who works out here but she was a little ummm over bearing for my taste. I miss my LC's back at St Josephs - I hope that I wont need any help BFing p2! The next meeting is on the 17th and the topic will be babywearing! I'm excited about that since we went through 4 or 5 different carries with Tira!

Template and Tickers

As I hope you have noticed I've not only updated the content of our blog but also the look of it! Do you all like the new template? I was inspired by one of my friends who blogs about her mommydom. She is adds new posts practically everyday has changed her background at least 4 or 5 times since I started stalking her. She just changed hers again so I decided it was about time I update ours. I found a couple ready made templates that I really liked and tried each one out in our blog before deciding on this one! Then I thought I should add tickers (see above - one for each of the babies). I really wanted the tickers to be centered and go across the entire blog, similar to what my friend had. Let me tell you it was NOT as easy accomplishment. Let me just say that while I consider myself pretty computer literate, I am definitely NOT a programmer or someone who can write in HTML or code!! AT ALL!! So after about 2 hours reading the HTML and going back and forth between my code and my friends code and trying and failing and trying again and getting close and trying again and still not quite doing it - I think I've come as close as I can to getting what I wanted! It would have been nice for each ticker to be it's own outlined section but there's just no way I can figure it out! I can't believe how much time I've already spent on the silly thing.