Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter photos

Alex's first Easter egg hunt. This one was organized by one of our neighbors and took place in the school yard behind our house.
Opening up the eggs.
Swinging! Wheeee!

March Birthday Photos

Alex helping Mama grate lemon peel for his birthday cake.Blowing out the candles.Birthday boy on Ong Noi's lap. Out to brunch for Grandpa's birthday. Aunt Tricia let Alex wear her sunglasses!
Sitting on Grandma's lap.

Pictures from February

Eating out.

First haircut since coming home to the US. Alex was quiet, but he kept turning his head to see what the woman was doing. She had to move quickly and at one point Hung had to hold his head still.
Helping Mama water the houseplants.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Update & New Year's photos

It's been a long time since I've posted. We've all had many colds this winter (people with kids tell me this is normal and we should accept and expect it) and we've been tired and busy with learning how to parent a toddler. Now it actually feels normal to have a little kid underfoot all the time. We're starting to get the hang of it.

Alex loves to talk on the phone and listen to music. Both the phone and the stereo have buttons to push!

In January Alex's English vocabulary consisted of Mama, Daddy, Baby, Kitty, Hi, Down, Bye, Um (I'm hungry or give me another bite), and No. Down was spoken in a sharp voice and accompanied by a sharp clap, just like when Mama scolds the cat for getting on the table. He loves to scold the cat whether she's on the table or the floor. Slowly and gradually he and the cat are getting closer. They've touched noses on occasion and Alex now knows how to pet her gently on the back of her neck.

At the end of January Alex and Mama started Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes together. Alex loves to play with all the toys they have there. I love the opportunity to get out of the house and interact with other people on a regular basis. It's added more routine to our lives and I'm finding that routines make life much easier for all of us.

Life is so much easier than it was two months ago. Alex understands me now when I speak to him. I can give him directions and he loves to do what is asked of him so that he can get praised for it. In December he really didn't know what I was saying or what I wanted from him most of the time. He was exploring and getting into everything and I could do very little to control him other than physically intervene.

In February Alex's vocabulary has been expanding rapidly. Down now means he wants to go down instead of just scolding the cat. He really understands how to use No rather than just saying it because it's a fun word to say. Other recent favorite words are Bubble, Clock, and Peekaboo. He uses sign language for Milk, Water, More, and All Done. Recently he says All Done along with signing it. Hung & I are delighted with each new communication that he gets across to us without crying. He usually still cries when he wakes up and wants someone to come get him out of his crib, but this morning he yelled "Hello!" :)