When I moved here just over five years ago, only one of our friends in Bangkok had a child and she was just an infant. In the years since, there have been a profusion of births, giving us plenty of uncleing opportunities.
Friends Tao and Paii gave birth about three weeks ago to a baby boy whom they’ve named Kiri, a very distinguished, older sounding name. His little nose is as cute as could be!
While at the hospital to see Kiri, another couple showed up with their daughter Jaeda, who has the most adorable cheeks.
Jaeda’s brother JJ, who will turn three on Valentine’s Day, is much too clever for his age and is already adept at playing games on his father’s iPhone. Dad seems very unconcerned, though.
JJ attends an international preschool so is learning both English and Thai. I’m told that he asks after me quite a bit but has always been very reserved in person. Finally, after the visit to the hospital we went to his favorite place – “Funarium”, an indoor playground. His parents took a break while JJ and I climbed the jungle gym, slid down slides, and had a fun time. Along the way I managed to scrape a big chunk of skin off my right elbow! By the end of the afternoon, I was exhausted and JJ seemed to have finally opened up and would call to me “Loong Chris!” – Uncle Chris – if I failed to keep up with him.