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Standing at Every Opportunity

Here are some more standing pics of Joshua. The boy loves to stand up all the time. Yesterday, he begin to stand up in the bath, which makes for a challenging and dangerous bath given that the tub is some what slippery (even with some textured suction cup fish on the bottom of the tub). He loves to show off his skill by hanging on one handed too. However, he has yet to realize that it is near impossible to both hang on to a railing at head level and also grab a toy laying on the bed without falling down. He wants it all and he wants it all right now. But he can't have it. He has much to learn. Next on the agenda is trying to walk. Watch this space.





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Joshua Stands Up For Himself

Joshua has got the crawling thing mostly down and now he is working on pulling himself up and standing. If you push his bum a little or pull him by his arms a tad, then he can come up and grab the bars on the head of the bed (or anything else at the right height) to stand by himself. We took this picture with Sun's cell phone while Joshua was playing on the bed. He likes to stand there for a while, hanging on often with two hands, some times with one hand. We suspect that it will be only a short time before he'll try taking his first steps.

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Play Time

Here are some recent play time pics for all you Joshua-philes out there. As you 'll see from the following photos, Joshua loves both animals and books.... mostly in his mouth.

Chewing on Winnie the Pooh

Joshua relaxes admist his books as he ponders what important task to tackle next

 

"Don't you look at me like that, Pooh. I'll come over there and get you."

 

The Hippo Hunter and his prey

 

Joshua and Mr. Hippo shake hands in a brief moment of mutual accord...

 

...before Joshua breaks the peace and decides to gnaw on one of Mr. Hippo's limbs
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Meal Time

We recently started giving Joshua solid food and he seems to take to it with gusto. We started him off on boiled rice and then we jumped right into Chinese broccoli and carrots. He didn't really like plain mushed boiled carrots, probably because he has Daddy's "I hate boiled carrots because they are sooooo boring" gene. Sun mixed them in with the rice however, and he seemed to accept them readily enough. His diet is still primarily "Mommy Milk" but we are phasing in the "real food" a little bit at a time. He is a neat enough eater for a baby, although today he rather enjoyed turning around in his high chair after each spoonful and slobbering about half of it on the back of his chair. He is also highly skilled in dropping toys and other objects from the high chair within a matter of seconds of receiving them. He are a few pics of our forray into feeding the boy.

Happy Baby at the beginning of feeding time
 
The nobleman in his place of authority

 

To eat from the spoon that Mommy is holding out or to lunge for Daddy with the camera? So hard to decided - I think I'll do both!


Joshua has had just about enough boiled rice and mushed carrots for one meal. Thus he non-verbally communicates that he wants to get out of the chair.

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I'd Rather Get a Shot

We took Joshua to a Thai hospital the other day to get his BCG vaccination (against tuberculosis).  It is a rare vaccination in the States but all Thai children routinely get a BCG at birth because TB is much more common in this part of the world, especially in less developed neighboring countries like Laos and Cambodia.  Joshua took the needle in the arm quite well and cried for only a moment.  He is quite a trooper when it comes to injections.  However, if you try to wipe his nose, it's a completely different story.  He has had a runny nose for about a week and if you try to approach him with a tissue to wipe his face, he violently whips his head in the other direction.  If you can actually grab hold of him long enough to wipe off the snot running down his face, he screams bloody murder as if we were trying to torture him.  I find it quite interesting (read "strange") that he takes shots so well but not having his nose wiped.  Then again, I suppose I don't see the world as a seven month old does.
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Two Teeth and Other Developments

A brief update on the boy - he has two teeth now which he loves to use to gnaw on anything and everything. All his stuffed toys go straight into his mouth and get a rich drenching of slobber on a regular basis.

He is also sitting up quite well now which makes it challenging to put him down to sleep. We rock him, sing to him, and then lay him down in his crib but then he whines rolls over, and sits bolt upright and cries. I am no sleep expert, but unless you are a cow, it is awful hard to sleep sitting upright in the middle of a bed. Cows can sleep standing up but to my knowledge, Joshua has no bovine heritage. I have yet to convince him that sitting up is not condusive to sleep.