Bangkok Bombings

Last night in Bangkok, on New Year's Eve, there were a number of bomb blasts in Bangkok, killing three and injury several others. We are in the city of Lopburi, a couple hours north of the city, and so we were well away from what might be called the "danger zone". Funnily enough, we didn't find out what happened until my Mom called us on Skype this morning and told us the news. I had been out to the market already this morning and hadn't seen or heard anything out of the ordinary but then again we live quite a distance away from Bangkok and it is not so easy to accidentally overhear things in a second language.

I went back out around noon to pick up some noodles for lunch and decided to get a Thai newspaper to read about what happened in Thai before I got online to check it out in English. Sitting in our living room with the newspaper and my Thai-English dictionary, I learned several new Thai words and phrases, like "die on the spot", "critical injured", and "sniff out evidence". Language learning aside, it appears that several small bombs went off at eight locations throughout the city, bringing New Year's festivities to an anti-climactic halt as people who had gathered for "Times Square" type celebrations headed home well before midnight as a safety precaution.

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

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.

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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