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.
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.
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.
Well he made it all the way and was pretty much as good as gold. He had a little cry when we took off and a little dry over the Himilaires when we got thrown about but that was basically it until we got to Immigration where he took a dislike to the Immigration officer who was quite a nice man really. He slept, gurgled and ate his way for most of the 20 Hour trip. Even the car ride from the Airport he was fast asleep.
Now we are here, its been a very busy week. Uncle Deano and Aunty Lek came to stay. He has been to see Aunty Lisa and her Mum and he has lots of new clothes and today Uncle Jimmy and Aunty Nicky came to visit.
Master Ben has had such a busy week this week. Aunty Lisa came to stay last Friday and he had a lovely time. First he went to the beach and fell asleep all over Aunty Lisa. Then he went back to the condo and had his first swim! What a lucky boy.
After that Aunty Lisa and Daddy Neil went to work in Bangkok for the week and did some very good business. When Friday came and we got home we couldnt belive home much Master Ben had grown up.
His head is so much stronger and today he grasped one of his toys for the first time. So exiting! His little legs are kicking really well and he is watching everything. I mean EVERYTHING! from toys to television to people to lights and sounds.
I find it really hard to believe he can change this much in 5 days.
Aunty Lisa says he is the quitest most contented little boy she has ever seen. No crying or tantrums or anything – quite amazing.
I thought it was about time I explained a few things about my life in Thailand. As with some other countries the idea of the extended family is fully embraced in Thailand. You may have heard me mention “Big C”. Well, Big C is my term for the property we own opposite the “Big C” Superstore in South Pattaya. Basically it is a four story building of which the bottom two floors are the Hair Salon and Massage Business. With the top two floors forming “family accommodation” broken in to about 5 rooms. The first thing to say is that Sa and I DON’T live there because there is no way I want to share my personal space with the rest of the human race. That said everyone else seems quite happy.
This photo is just to illustrate how many “family “do live upstairs.
Back row left to right Kwan – Sa niece from her dead brother who is staying for a while. Na – Sa’s Sister who donated her eggs for Master Ben Master Ben – My lovely little boy! Sa – My wife Nui – Sa’s daughter in law who is 8 Months Pregnant so a new family addition next month!
Front row left to right Purn – Na’s Eldest Daughter Pat – Na’s Younger Daughter Cha – Sa’s Son with his Ewok (Sorry Dog) called Lucky Camta – Sa’s Nephew from her older Sister
And missing from the picture………
My Cat Neo who did a disappearing act when he thought he might have to wake up and Grandma who is away up country.
So, as you can see its one great big family with another new addition on the way. It’s pretty good really but without somewhere else to go home to, I think I could very easily go totally bonkers!
This Morning Sa was very tired as Ben kept her awake most of the night again. So I said, no problem I will take him out this morning. So after a quick bath and dressing him up (without the ridiculous hat) it was into Bens wheels and off down the prom. Seeing as I was hungry we went all the way down to Cafe de Mar where we stopped for coffee and Uncle Shawn owner of the cafe came to say hello. Then it was back along the sea front and Uncle Vishian the Deck Chair man stopped and had a play with Ben and then it was into 7Eleven to buy Mummies breakfast and all cashiers wanted to have a play. It really was a very busy morning for Master Ben, he actually managed to stay awake and smile at everyone.