Ben’s first word – Plaa (Fish)

You CAN'T go Without Me!
You CAN'T go Without Me!
Hmm! Can't Quite See! But I'm Driving Anyway!
Hmm! Can't Quite See! But I'm Driving Anyway!

This year low season in Thailand is worse than low, in fact its worse then ever. Since the Red Shirt protests in May everyone has run away and the place is empty.
Ben just seems to be growing so quickly that its hard to keep up with him. He is using a spoon now, and he is Talking! Only afew words like Plaa = Fish and Nam = Water. Still waiting on the first English word but it will come I’m sure. Everyone who see’s him says what a lovely little two year old (he is only 15 months) so I guess he is doing OK.

Not Much to Report This Month

Out and About
Out and About

Its a realy pleasure to see him change so fast. He is waking up to his surroundings now. He is responding to people and copying hand gestures. He loves the water and his two front teeth are through now. Appart from that he is just keeping everyone very busy along with his Niece (Nong Lemon) who he seems to like bashing regularly. Typical little boy I think.


Best of Friends (Sometimes)
Best of Friends (Sometimes)

He is growing so quickly!

Into the Washine Machine!
Into the Washine Machine!

Just 2 weeks ago he seemed light. Now he is positively heavy, gumming everything he can put in his mouth. We are constantly amazed at what he is eating, In spite of his front two lower teeth only just showing the list of what he eats is getting enormous! In fact we haven’t found anything yet he doesn’t like. Including Pizza, Cheese, Liver, Cookies and Veggies. Believe it or not he has also learned to drink from a glass much to the amazement of most folks who say he shouldn’t be doing that.


Shopping with the Boss!
Shopping with the Boss!

Yesterday I turned around and he had my glass of beer in his hands and was busy tasting. He slept for about 3 hours after that!
Now his teeth are starting to come through and he is very close to walking unaided. He is also responding to our talking and although not making words he is making plenty of sounds.


Yes Dad! I Like it. You can buy it.
Yes Dad! I Like it. You can buy it.

Very soon I can see he is going to be into everything, not sure if his is going to be fun or not.
Right now he is just absolutely lovely. Ahhhh…….

Ben on Christmas Day

I am not sure what Ben made of his frst Christams. Seems to me he was more interested in the Wrapping paper than his presents. I am sure it had to do with the bright colors and being able to rip it to pieces. Hey Ho thats what Christmas is all about.

Presents
Presents


Daddys Nose
Daddys Nose

No! Daddys Nose doesnt come off!


On the Beach
On the Beach

Aftere the presents we spent the rest of the day on the Beach. Very nice.

Merry Christmas

Chilling
Chilling

Sorry its been so long folks. I have been very busy with setting up a new business venture – making sports bras with a friend of mine, so updating this site has taken a back seat for a while.
My goodness Ben has changed so much in the last 7 weeks. He weighs about 9Kg and he cant stop bouncing! Its really funny but he has no interest in crawling at all, but he loves to stand up and just jump up and down. He has discovered solid food and is eating just about everything that is put into his mouth, including anything that he isn’t suppose to eat.

Shopping
Shopping

He especially likes Pizza for some reason!
He has very strong legs and is very close to walking already. I hear you say walking! Yes thats right he can walk aready holding my hands but i recon he will be walking properly in a few weeks time.
Anyway I plan to take some more pictures of him over Christmas and will put them up soon.

A Mega Update

Ben on the Eurotunnel
Ben on the Eurotunnel
Dinner with Cousin Andrew
Dinner with Cousin Andrew

My goodness me a lot has happened since the last update. We are now back in Thailand, everyone is OK and we have caught up with our sleep. All the time we have been away it’s been too busy to update this site so this is going to be a mega update.
First Trip from the UK was to see Bens Third Cousin Twice removed in Brussels. He is 78 years old and we felt it was import as this might be the only time they get to meet. We went through the channel tunnel. As usual Ben slept all the way and woke up with perfect timing at Andrews Door. Even in the restaurants he was perfect as usual.


Quad Bikes in Sweden
Quad Bikes in Sweden
By the Lake in Sweden
By the Lake in Sweden


Meganset Beach Cape Cod
Meganset Beach Cape Cod
Ben Meets the Cookie Crew
Ben Meets the Cookie Crew
Hospital in Washington
Hospital in Washington

After a brief stop at home to see Aunty Lisa, her mum, Cousin Nigel and Catch our breath, it was off to Gothenburg in Sweden to See Jan and Katarina. In spite of a 3am start Ben was wide awake all the way to Stanstead airport and kept the stewardesses on their toes all the way to Gothenburg. Once there we had a lovely time again. We went out on the Lake in a rowing boat and Ben had his first ride on a Quad Bike which he enjoyed very much. Sunday we returned home tired but happy.

Next was the big one. Boston and Cape Cod. We left the folowing Wednesday and flew via Washington to Boston then drove to the Cape. Ben slept most of the way and as always woke up as we arrived. Two days shopping and a days cookie making was all the time we had time for on Cape Cod. Everywhere we went with Ben the shop assistants would take him out and look after him while we went shopping it’s was very nice and different to the UK.
The trouble started on the way home. As we left on the Sunday Moring a thought Ben had a slight temperature (it was 37.5 deg C) didn’t think too much about it and got on the flight to Washington. About 20 Minutes before we landed his temperature was 38.9. As everyone knows this is very high. The end result – another new experience for Ben, his first ambulance ride from the plane to hospital! It was my first Ambulance ride as well. It turned out he had a viral infection and a cold on top of that, which pushed his temperature up so high. After 6 Hours they let him out but we had missed our flights and had to stay in Washington the night before flying on to London. Unfortunately for me, I figure that as it was only 3 days and Ben has never been sick, so I wouldn’t bother with Medical Insurance, well that won’t happen again as I am several thousand dollars lighter but he is worth it.


Ben at Heathrow on the Way home
Ben at Heathrow on the Way home

3 days at home two quick visit to my last relatives and then it was back to Heathrow for the flight home. Ben was a little angel again hardly made a sound the whole flight and was very happy to see his brother at the other end.
So in the last couple of weeks Ben has been to 5 countries take 8 flights totaling about 25,000 air miles and been in the air for 40 odd hours, been to 4 different time zones as much as 11 hours different. He has been to about 15 relatives, slept in 6 different beds and had milk and food from Thailand, England and America. AND HE WAS STILL SMILING!
Most people would think all this was crazy with a 5 month old baby; but I genuinely believe he was OK and I hope it made an impression on him even at his tender age. I know he left a trail of melted hearts everywhere we went.

Another Milestone

Not quite got the hang of it yet!
Not quite got the hang of it yet!

Yesterday while in Big C, I spotted some special food for young babies it is made from some sort of gluten free wheat or maze, dried banana and milk. It actually smelt and tasted quite good. (They were demoing it in the shop). So we took the plunge, Sa and I decide it was time to see what would happen with solid food. Check out the picture.


But it was yummy!
But it was yummy!

He wasn’t sure at first and more came out than stayed in. But after a few mouthfuls – big smile. About 5 minutes later Sa said I think he’s had enough now and went to take the bowl and spoon away. He howled his little head off till it came back and he promptly finished the entire bowl! I think we have to stock up on this stuff ready for England now. Only 48 Hours to go until the big journey. Let’s hope he is as good as usual.

A Busy Time for Master Ben

As Sa and I needed to go to Bangkok to make her English Visa and as Cha’s wife would be in hospital for a couple of days Sa asked if we could take Nong Ben to Lat Buri for the night so she could take him to see her favourite monk and get him blessed. Much to my better judgment I agreed!

Short Time Hotel me thinks!
Short Time Hotel me thinks!

We set off OK and reached the UK visa Office in Regent House, Bangkok . It took 3 hours to submit the application during which time I had to stay outside with Ben, as they won’t let us inside. As you can imagine Ben really wasn’t too happy but he just about kept is cool.
So it’s off to Lat Buri. A two Hour drive from Bangkok. We eventually got there to find our favourite hotel closed for the night and had to go searching for another which was a real pain at 8pm. However we found what I think was really a short time hotel which looked like it had come straight out of a cartoon. I think Ben enjoyed the bright colours, but as for me, it just gave me a headache!
I was getting grump because I hadn’t eaten all day and Ben was tired so we ended up trying to eat quickly in a restaurant with an unhappy little boy with his nappy overflowing – not the nicest of situations.
Not a Happy Chap
Not a Happy Chap

After a bad night’s sleep it’s off to the temple. I really tried hard to look after Ben while Sa did her bit. The trouble was, it was very hot and Ben was obviously uncomfortable but that seems to take second place to the temple.
Eventually everything was over and poor little thing got his blessing and his bit if hair cut, but oh boy did he let everyone know he was hot and unhappy. Checkout Ben screaming on the Monks lap!
Apparently this is a Buddhists ritual which is why Sa wouldn’t cut his hair. The Monks have to make the first cut! I never will understand!
Once it was over, I was looking forward to a nice run home! Sa said to me please can we stop quickly to see a friend and go to the department store – foolishly I said yes. It wasn’t the friend or the department store that was the problem, but leaving things late meant that we got caught in the traffic for the Queen’s birthday celebration! Big Mistake! You have never seen anything like it. What should have taken 20 Minutes took 3 hours. Unfortunately for us the Boys in Brown can’t organise a piss up in a brewery so we watch as policemen and motorist argued face to face while we waited and waited and waited. At least it provided some entertainment.
Ben gets his Ferrari!
Ben gets his Ferrari!

All in all what should have been a 4 hour journey took 7 ½ hours so poor Master Ben really had had enough when we arrived home.
The only really bright point today was that in the department store I fell in love with a baby walker. Ben’s eyes lit up when we put him in. So it was an easy sale. When we got home I couldn’t believe within 5 minutes he was pushing himself backwards. I really didn’t expect to see that for a few months. Amazing Babies!
Anyway Ben has his new toy and he can have a hair cut tomorrow! Thank God for that.