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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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Christmas in Thailand 2006

There's a classic song that says "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" but almost nothing here in Thailand signals the coming of Christmas. A few stores have tinsel and santa hats but there is no snow, no commercial push for gift buying, no Christmas carols playing at the mall, no Christmas vacation for school kids, and no day off on December 25th. Any why should it look like Christmas is coming in a nation where over ninety percent of the population is Buddhist?

With this said, there is a significant amount of curiousity about Christmas since it is, popularly, a Western cultural holiday that shows up in a lot of movies and English language learning materials that make into Thailand. Of course, movies mostly show the side of Christmas that has to do with Santa, Christmas trees, and gifts but here in Thailand, many Thai churches and missionaries seize upon people's curiousity about Christmas to share about the true meaning of Christmas. Schools and colleges are open to having Christians come and do Christmas activies (in Thai and English) as part of the school's English curriculum. Many churches (which there aren't too many of, to begin with) do special Christmas outreaches and evangelist meetings to present the true meaning of Christmas to those people brought to church by their friends.