25 February 2011

Two Months

Baby Jack is two months old. We went to the doctor this week so he could get some shots and he weighed 11 lbs. 10 oz. (5.275 kg) and was almost 23 inches (58 cm) long. I always think that Jack is bigger than Asher was at this age, but at two months old Asher already weighed 12.5 pounds and was 24 inches long.

Jack is still an easy baby and really doesn't cry unless he gets really hungry. He's on a good schedule, eating every 3 hours during the day and taking 2 hour naps, and he sleeps all night long. For a long time he liked to be awake from about 6 pm - 11 pm, but the past few nights he has gone to bed around 8 pm, woken up to eat at 11 pm and then slept until 7 am. I definitely can't complain. During the day he sleeps on his belly in his crib and at night we swaddle him and put him on his back. When we are out during the day he will nap in the Moby Wrap and when my Thai tutor is here he usually naps while getting passed back and forth between the two of us.

Asher gets excited every time we go get Jack up from a nap. He can't wait until he can see him, but then as soon as I pick Jack up Asher starts asking (and demanding) that I put Jack down. It's a little love/hate thing, but overall I think Asher sort of likes having him around. Jack definitely loves Asher, he gives Asher the biggest smiles and giggles.

Now that Jack is bigger the cloth diapers fit him even better, he even wears them out of the house (I was a little scared to do that at first because Jack was too skinny and the diapers would leak a little bit). He still wears a disposable overnight, but I think I'm going to try cloth one night and just see what happens.

Jack spends most of his awake time playing with the play gym, hanging out in his swing or sitting on the couch with me while Asher plays cars. We have been taking him to the park in the evenings, but he has yet to stay awake long enough to actually see the park. The taxi ride puts him to sleep every time.

We are having so much fun with Baby Jack and this next month should be even more fun. Baby Jack is taking his first trip to the beach next week and then his first airplane ride the week after that.

20 February 2011

Asher Counting (ภาษาไทย)

A few weeks ago I realized that Asher can count to 10. I guess it had never occurred to me that I should teach him stuff like that or that he might already have figured it out.

So, we moved on to trying to learn some colors. He really can nail red and blue, but doesn't seem to actually care to learn anything else. Also, squares and circles. If it's not a square or a circle then it just doesn't exist to Asher.

Somehow in the middle of me attempting to be a good mother and teach Asher things we started counting in Thai and he decided he really liked doing that.

My favorite parts of the video: when he gets stuck on 7 (jet, jet, jet) and his upside down and somewhat disrespectful wai.


18 February 2011

Happy Birthday Daddy!

We started getting ready for Roger's birthday celebration on Thursday while he was at school. I wanted to make a Happy Birthday sign to hang up for his party. My big idea was to have Asher paint each letter of the sign. Then I realized that would be 13 paintings. I am a realist and realized this probably wouldn't happen.

I got Asher set up outside with his paints and lots of paper. I found this little table in our storage shed/maid's house and it was the perfect size for him to work on.

He actually painted 4 or 5 pieces of paper, which was plenty for the sign I decided to make.

"HBD นะ (nuh)" is Roger's favorite Thai way to wish our friends Happy Birthday.

Friday night some of our friends came over and we had a party to celebrate Roger and two of our other friends that had birthdays this week.

They had to share a cake, but they each got their own candle.

Our food selection ended up being all cheese. We had Rotel Dip (thanks Mimi!), Doritos, and fancy cheese and crackers.

Asher and Jack had fun hanging out with everybody.

Jack was his usual easy-going self and seemed to enjoy being passed around among our guests.

Happy Birthday Daddy!

16 February 2011

Normal Days

Last week we had some friends over for dinner. By the end of the night Braidynn and Asher were getting sleepy and decided they needed Daddy/Uncle Roger to read them a book.

While on the other side of the room Jack snoozed.

The next afternoon Jack was awake while Asher was napping. He had some good tummy time.

And posed for a picture with his Boppy.

After Daddy got home from work he got his boys on the couch for some man time. Asher was thrilled, Jack was less than impressed.

14 February 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day from the Hampton Boys!

Of course, there's a story behind these two pictures.

First, we made a heart out of play dough.

Then I put Jack in his crib and put the heart on top of him.

And he smiled!

I showed Asher what I did with Jack and asked him to lay down on the bed so I could take a picture of him.

Not gonna happen.

So, I told him to hold the heart and I would just take a picture of him.

Didn't quite work for me. Also, he somehow came to be in the possession of some Orajel.

I gave up and figured at least I have one good picture with the heart and I have a good picture of Asher from yesterday.

I worked a little Photoshop magic and downloaded a fun font.

And that made me have a Happy Valentine's Day.
(Along with the special dinner and a movie I will be enjoying after bedtime tonight!)

12 February 2011

Smiles and Non-Smiles

Yes, Baby Jack has learned to smile.

It was about two weeks ago (when he was 5 weeks old) that all the sudden he just looked up and gave us a big, gummy grin.

He will pretty much smile at anybody, but he prefers to smile at Asher and Daddy.

Asher prefers not to smile for photographs.

But really, if you were busy making sure all of these cars were in the right place you wouldn't have time to smile either.

05 February 2011


We've been busy, getting back into normal life and figuring out how to do that in a big city with two little kids.

This is Dr. Anong, the doctor that delivered Jack. I had my last appointment with her a few weeks ago.

We borrowed a big stroller contraption from some friends. Thank goodness we borrowed and didn't buy. One walk around the neighborhood and Roger swore we were never using it again. It's a really big and can't really handle the cracks, bumps and craters on our street. Also, I could never get that thing and two kids into a taxi.

Now, for what does work around here: the Moby Wrap. I love it. Jack loves it. And it makes it fairly easy to get Asher and Jack down the street, into a taxi and across the city. It also gets a lot of stares, but after almost 5 years in Asia I'm sort of used to getting stared at.

Jack only sucks his thumb when he's in the Moby.

Now, for the big brother asleep in his bed.

One of Asher's hobbies is standing in front of the refrigerator whining and begging for food. This begins each day approximately 10 minutes after breakfast and lasts until bedtime. I get tired of constantly denying him, so I just give him lots of healthy junk.

Everybody's happy.

Especially this little guy.

He's happy almost all of the time, he's even started giving us a few smiles.

And that's the end of my rambling...for now...

01 February 2011


Proof that Baby Jack does, in fact, open his eyes occasionally.