03rd October 2015
Gio got a drummer monkey from the Nairobi Show
04th October 2015
“Carry you,” said Gio, asking to be carried
05th October 2015
There is a game on my phone called Pou. Pou is a virtual pet that you can fed, wash and take for walks and so on.
Gio was wiping Pou’s face with an actual cloth. I told my wife.
“Next he will be giving him drinking water” she said. We laughed. “It won’t be so funny then.”
My wife had told me that when Gio fed Pou and Pou ate, he said “Good boy.”
10th October 2015
School trip to Mamba Village
16th October – Sports Day
Sports Day at school. One particular race started very well for Gio…
According to Gio’s caregiver/assistant teacher at school, Gio gives non-verbal instructions and behaves like royalty at school.
Gio picks the fruits he likes from the fruit salad. Then he lifts his hand, caregiver approaches, he points at fruit salad, caregiver takes away the remains of the salad and brings fresh batch.
At the Jolly Roger
Tuesday, 1st Sept
Back to school
Reluctant but got distracted by teacher
Reluctant to get into class but teacher drew his attention to book
Friday, 4th September
5th September 2015
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Sunday 13th Sept
To car yard
Gio was singing:
“Briing back, Briing back,
Bring back to me, to me”
This is the first time for me to hear Gio singing by himself a song I can recognise.
Saturday, 19th September 2015
“More water,” he said
I said to his mum “I think you’ve made Gio think water is called ‘more water.'”
“Yes,” she replied,” and he thinks when someone says ‘No’ you say ‘Ok'”
“Do you want [something or other]” she asked Gio.
“No,” said he.
“No?” she said
“Ok,” he replied
Today I heard Telo calling the teacher “Teacher”
Saturday, 26th September
Gio was singing something in the car. I soon made it out to be
‘Everybody tidy up. Tidy up.’
My wife’s colleague and our friend came with her daughter to stay with us for a while.
Gio wanted to stay with/on the swing in the supermarket
Wyse’s 2nd birthday party.
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I told Gio “Let’s go take a bus”
“Then we will sing ‘The wheels of the bus go round and round’?” he asked.
He seemed excited at the thought of taking a bus. He has only taken a bus maybe four times in his life.
As we walked to the bus stop, he asked question like “Where is the bus? Is the bus waiting?”
Inside the bus (a van actually), the wind was blowing onto our faces.
“The wind is blowing”said Gio.
The tout closed the window that was letting in the wind.
“He has covered it,” observed Gio.
The bus went over a bump, then another.
“The people in the bus go up and down”said Gio.
When we got out, I asked him “Did you like the bus?”
“Yes. I like the bus. The bus is so much fun.”
01st July 2015
We went and bought a bike for Gio from an expat who was leaving the country.
My wife came home with a helmet to go with the bike.
The nanny changed Gio into his sleeping clothes and took him to sleep.
Afte a while, Gio started really crying. I wondered if the nanny had done something to him.
He went on for a while, so I went into their room and found him standing on his bed and crying. Maybe he was kneeling.
I consoled him and told him to sleep.
He settled down. I stayed a few minutes and left. No more crying.
Gio likes numbers written for him and things drawn for him.
Some of the art done for Gio now that he likes numbers and shapes:
Celebrating Mama’s birthday. (There were more guests than shown in the picture).
Gio’s pronunciation of numbers has changed:
‘Tor’ has become ‘four.’
‘Tat’ has become ‘five.’
‘Nenen’ has become ‘seven’ (or something close(r)).
Gio knows colours: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink
The boy is bilingual.
Nanny: Usiweke hiyo kwa mdomo. Ni chafu.
(Don’t put that in yopur mouth. It’s dirty)
I hope you are well.
This blog is a little over a year behind. It will take some time for me to catch up with current events.
In order to keep you updated and still slowly clear the backlog, I have decided to post current updates, and at the same time post the updates from past months. That way, not everything you read will be old, and I can post at any time without waiting for to first clear the backlog.
Your feedback is always welcome.
07th June 2015
Gio now says ‘Number’ before the number.
He knows Circle and rectangle
We went for a party and Gio was more interested in maandazi than he was in cake.
Gio shakes his head and says ‘MMh’ when he does not want something.
We noticed that a Hippa Hippa Hey on Baby TV has that exact same head shaking and sound.
When Gio counts, ‘Toor’ means ‘Four’ and ‘Tat’ means ‘Five.’
There is a particular way in which Gio says ‘Y’