Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Growth spuurt

Phew we just had the inaugral growth spurt marathon. 2.5 days of a seemingly non-stop relay race between the two boobs and an irritable baby. Suddenly, he fell into a deep sleep and when he woke up he had grown and changed. Before:

This is what he looks like now.

Yes it is a bit strange, but we'll get used to it.

Amah & Kongkong (not king kong; grandma & grandpa Australia) are here. So nice to be spoiled and pampered, pampered and spoiled! Oh, and kaemon enjoys it too :)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Those strange looking Spanish people...

News article from ABS news in Australia: the main amusement was: "those people in the picture don't look like your typical Spaniard". link to story

Learning Spanish

Monday, 19 February 2007

Presenter: Madonna King

Researcher: Loli Padilla
enjoying tapas

Loli (right) and her friends and family enjoying tapas in the markets in Spain

When Australians think of Spain, flamenco and tapas seem to be the first things that come to mind, and while food and dancing are important elements of Spanish culture, there’s so much more to learn!

And that’s what we’ll be doing over the next four weeks, with help from our Spanish teacher, Loli Padilla.

Learning to speak Spanish will certainly help you if you’re planning to do any travel, as Spanish is one of the world’s most commonly spoken languages, along with English and Mandarin.

“Spanish is what’s known as a world language, like English,” explains Dr Roberto Espezeto, a Lecturer in Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the University of Queensland. “It’s got close to 500 millions speakers who have Spanish as their first language, and millions more have it as their second language.”

Spanish is also spoken all over the world. “It’s spoken in Spain, but also basically from the United States down to Argentina, and then in parts of Africa,” says Dr Espezeto. “There are important populations in the Philippines who speak Spanish because – as many people know – the Philippines was a Spanish colony for hundreds of years, and the name itself refers to one of the Spanish kings in the 16th Century.”

The lifestyle in Spain is very different to life in Australia. “The day is longer in the Spanish-speaking world… so maybe people would go to work at 9am, or maybe a little bit earlier, they’d have a proper lunch – a three course meal – and then they might have a kip, and go back to work at 4pm and then work until 8pm and have dinner at 10pm. It’s just a different pace of life, and they use the day much more than we do,” says Dr Espezeto.

There are also many interesting facts about the Spanish language. Spanish is the only language that uses questions and exclamation marks at the beginning and at the end of a sentence, for example, ¡Hola! ¿Cómo está usted?

The Spanish alphabet has the letter 'ñ' - the n with the little 'thing' on the top: España, niño, niña - it sounds a bit like 'nya'.

Something else to look out for is that the Spanish languages have two different genres: words finishing with –o are generally masculine and words finishing with –a are generally feminine. For instance: el hombre (the man), la casa (the house) - with some exceptions.

To learn more about Spanish, and practise some phrases, visit the lesson pages below.

Lesson 1 - Greetings

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Launch of Kaemon on the www

See photos @ kaemon's website

Our boy is online :D

Thursday, February 08, 2007

baby kaemon continues to amaze....

3 days old update: Kaemon is drinking!!! and poooing and peeing while douwe changes him. he sleeps like an angel, is putting on weight and lifting his head...what progress!! don't know what else to report, he's just so cute even when he cries (yes we know that feeling won't last...)
Still in hospital, they're being over cautious with treating my raised temp during labour with antibiotics and kaemon has one more day of treatment. Otherwise we're both healthy and doing more than fine. I got my IV line out last night, good, but now I have no excuse not to change nappies. Douwe has discovered a new world: he's my expert advisor for breastfeeding and baby care - he's a natural father xoxo

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Kaemon is here!!

5 feb our son was born!
3230g, 49 cm, brown hair, bluish alert eyes, pink skin, perfect 10 apgar, drinks like a fish, first 24 hrs a sweet and easily-pleased superstar!
fotos to come, we're enjoying a hospital stay til at least the 8th (poo in amnio fluid and me temp increase during labour) but all's well so it feels like a hotel. could get really used to it...

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Spring in February/Shame on us for enjoying global warming

Saturday was a delicious day; we sat outside in the sun drinking and reading at a cafe in the nearby 'countryside'. See douwe doing his impression of a Biologist with binos and bird book, if only there was sound, you could hear him doing the bird calls...

As I am "house-bound" I have been experimenting in the kitchen, flirting with Dutch cuisine (Boerenkoolstamppot en spekjes met rookworst/Kale, bacon and potato mash with smoked sausage) - the green peppercorn sauce was non-traditional, the dangers of experimenting with an exotic (it's all relative) dish - But see the happy eater!! The other is a decadent layered chocolate cheesecake...