Before we left for Thailand, we got lots of advice from other Aramcons who have been there before. One thing that everyone told us was that the Thai people loved babies. I know this sounds like a gross overgeneralization and we didn't think much of it. It didn't take long after landing at Bangkok International to fully understand what everyone had been telling us. Having Harper with us was like traveling with a mini-celebrity. Security guards came up and squeezed her cheek and then led us to the exponentially shorter "Thai National" line when we were going through immigration. No one noticed our overweight suitcase when we were checking into our intercountry flight because they were waving to Harper. We got lots of free gifts in every shop we entered. Every time we got on a train or boat, someone would give up their seat so I could sit down with Harper. And, it seemed like almost everyone asked if they could take pictures of her or if they could have their picture made with her.
Here are some pictures . . .
Of course Josh and I think she's a pretty special girl, but she definitely wasn't the only baby getting special attention. At the beach place where we stayed, there was a little boy named Archie from England. He was definitely a favorite of all the staff, too. Anyway, it was really neat being in a place where people were so excited about your child. It was a great reminder of what a precious gift a baby is.
In other news . . . I took Harper to the clinic for her 12 month check up. In the waiting area, we were sitting next to a lady who was completely covered. Like this woman . . .
Although I used up my few Arabic phrases within seconds of our interacton and she did not speak English, Harper continued to wave to her and try to "give her five." The lady seemed to like playing with her. Harper kept getting pretty excited and she accidently ripped the lady's niqaab (the small veil over the ladies nose and mouth) off. I felt bad and apologized, but the lady just smiled and started playing peek-a-boo with Harper using her niqaab.