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!
I have been away in Roi Et this week tying up some unfinished business which I should be able to tell everyone about next month – very good news for Me, Sa and Especially Master Ben!
When I arrived home on Thursday I couldn’t believe how Ben has changed in the last few days. Firstly his sleeping pattern has changed, Gone are the peaceful evenings where he slept while we were out for dinner to be replaced with wide open eyes watching everything. Not necessarily noisy but you can see the little sponge starting to soak up everything. Its really wonderful.
Sa showed me if you lay him on his tummy he is already starting to push up and he can lift his head for several seconds. I don’t think it will be long before he is in to everything.
On Friday Morning we went back to Bangkok to make Bens Thai passport. He already has his English one. So as of next week, he is all set for his first trip in August
Friday afternoon we went to visit several more of his “Aunties and Uncles” in Bangkok, my goodness he is going to be a spoiled little boy when he grows up!
Saturday Morning I actual got him to laugh for the first time because I blew a raspberry on his tummy! Such I nice feeling. It was also Ben’s first night away from home. He seemed quite OK in the hotel and with all the attention the staff were giving him. We found the perfect way to bath him.
When we got home Sa showed me what had arrived from the Hospital. This is all part of the service. It’s really rather cute with plaster casts of his feet and his birth sign and the rest of the info.
This Morning (Sunday) Ben and I went for a lovely walk to Café De Mar and stopped with Uncle Shawn and Uncle Shian. Ben managed to smile at everyone.
Over the last few days I can see Master Ben beginning to work things out like who is Mum! and who is Dad! I am sure he can already tell who is holding him. At first he didn’t like me holding him, obviously it wasn’t comfortable, but yesterday I found the answer at 6:30 in the morning. He didn’t want Mummy, or Daddy to cuddle him so just temporarily I put him on my tummy! Well, 2 hours later he was still there and seemed very happy. So “Daddy and Ben time” is firmly on the routine which is rather nice.