July 2015

01st July 2015
We went and bought a bike for Gio from an expat who was leaving the country.

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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.

9th July

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:

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11th July

Celebrating Mama’s birthday. (There were more guests than shown in the picture).

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12th July

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14th July
Gio’s pronunciation of numbers has changed:
‘Tor’ has become ‘four.’
‘Tat’ has become ‘five.’
‘Nenen’ has become ‘seven’ (or something close(r)).

18th July
Gio knows colours: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink

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20th July
The boy is bilingual.
Nanny: Usiweke hiyo kwa mdomo. Ni chafu.
(Don’t put that in yopur mouth. It’s dirty)

Gio: Dirty

28th July

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June 2015

07th June 2015
Gio now says ‘Number’ before the number.
He knows Circle and rectangle

Birthday Party

Birthday Party

13th June

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We went for a party and Gio was more interested in maandazi than he was in cake.

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15th June
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.

16th June
When Gio counts, ‘Toor’ means ‘Four’ and ‘Tat’ means ‘Five.’

Counting

18th June
There is a particular way in which Gio says ‘Y’

May 2015 – Broken Bone

Monday, 1st May 2015
Stedmark (Stedmak?) Gardens
Gio was not overly keen on the slide, until his sister took him up the steps, through a tunnel and down the slide. Then he loved it!

He went back over and over again, sliding in a manner that his mother probably would not have approved of, but he was here with Daddy.

Tuesday, 5th May
Gio ran towards the teacher today when my wife dropped him at school.
My wife called me and said she had found the class being taught numbers.
So that is where Gio has been learning all this.

Gio was crying.
My wife said it was because he had wanted to go to our neighbour C’s house.
That is what the nanny had said.
He went on crying on and off as he was fed his supper.
My wife said she thinks he is imitating C.
Then my wife noticed that he was crying (more) when she touched his left arm.
She asked the nanny if Gio had fallen while they were outside.
She said No.
Had he been out of her sight?
No.
Gio was now holding his left arm with his right hand.
My wife said we take him to hospital for an x-ray.
Indeed he had a fracture. Needs a cast.
The nanny eventually admitted that Gio had gone out of her sight for a while.

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06th May

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Undated: The headmistress, upon seeing Gio in a cast and his mother limping, said I should be cautious…

Gio didn’t seem too bothered by the cast. He was generally as active as usual. The main problem for us was his options for clothes reduced due to the bulk of the cast. In fact, we cut one of the sleeves of one of his clothes.

The other problem was keeping the cast dry.

12th May
We took Gio for cast replacement at the same hospital where his mother had had surgery.

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Wed, 13th May
Gio counted 1 to 10.
Apparently the number that he pronounces something like ‘Nnat,’ and that we could not figure out, is five.

Bed-time, we started looking for his teddy bear.
We could not find it.
Maybe he threw it out of the car.
My wife said she had opened the window at some point and when they were leaving a hardware shop, he was complaining.
We went out at about 9:20 pm to look for it
Went to the hardware shop and asked the watchman. He looked but did not see the teddy bear.
He phoned his colleague, but nothing.

14th May
Scribbling on the floor

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Monday, 18th May
Gio picked his letters of the alphabet
He would come to where we were siting and hold the letter to his chest and say what letter it was.
T, M, I, B, Q, 1
We were to repeat the name of the letter (or digit), then applaud, and not just applaud without first saying the name.

Saturday, 23rd May
Bought Gio new shoes. He refused to put on the old ones.

Sunday, 24th May
I went with Gio to the nearby market
“Water,” he said, referring to a puddle
“Ananana,” he said
I put the banana back where it had been
“Ananana,” he said, giving it to the lady who was selling.
“No, leave that,” I said
He took it again
He can go with that one, she said.

Monday, 25th May
When I was taking Gio to bed, he turned towards the door of our bedroom, which is opposite his room.
We let him sleep in his bed in our room

Tuesday, 26th May
Gio woke up early and whined until I got up and went with him to the living room.
It was 6:00 a.m.

Wednesday, 27th May
I was picking Gio from school. As we approached the car, he pointed at the circular fuel tank cover and said “Circle.”
I told my wife later.
She said he had said that yesterday as well. “Did you know what he was saying?”
I replied that I thought he said circle but I wasn’t sure.

30th May
Machakos People’s Park

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21st to 30th April 2015 – School!

You may want to read this post if you haven’t yet.

Tuesday, 21st April 2015
I took Gio to his first day in school. I can’t remember why my wife did not do it or did not go with us. I jokingly said that she was avoiding crying when we leave him at school.
First Gio and I went to take a picture that was needed by the school upon registration.
The first studio we went to said that their machine needs to warm up. So we went to another studio. They did not seem interested in attending to us. So we went back to the first studio and took picture like these:
(Click on a picture to view nicely. Click X at the top LEFT to exit gallery)

We met the headteacher. She chatted with Gio.
Went to class. There was no drama.
He seemed a bit hesitant at first, but he stayed without any drama.
I read the instructions that I had asked my wife to send by text. Must have been something about feeding.
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When leaving, I called “Giovanni.”
He turned and stood
Uh-Oh!
I said ‘Bye.’
He waved back.
The headteacher was relieved.
And that was that.
I sent text saying that Gio was probably hungry and should be given a snack

In the evening, the teacher said he was no trouble.
Caregiver or teacher said “You have a very good boy. A good boy
You should be happy (or you should be thankful).”
“He ate well. He was fed, though,” she said.

Wednesday, 22nd April
My wife took Gio to school this time.
The headteacher said the second day of school is usually the problematic one, because the child has known that ‘This is the place where my parents leave me the whole day.’ Gio did not seem to have such concerns.

He was heading straight to class.
When he reached he went right into the classroom and gave hugs to the teachers and caregiver.
My wife took the opportunity to flee.

Then she called me and asked me to ask the teacher (she did not have the teacher’s phone number) to have Gio put on his jacket and that he should be given water after his break-time snack and after lunch.

In the aternoon, my wife said she wouldn’t make it in time to go pick Gio. Could I take a cab and pick him then take a bus home with him?
Sure.
Any problems today? None.
I went with Gio to an MPesa shop
“Hi Mum,” said one of the attendants
I smiled, then said He’s a boy
“Oh!”
“Many people think he’s a girl.”

In the bus, I took a pack of Amigos from my bag.
Gio was visibly excited. He waited patiently for me to open the bag for him, and then he ate as we went.

We got home and after a while, I took Gio out to play. C (our neighbour) showed up and was delighted to see Telo.
“Telo!” she said and came and gave him a hug.
Moments later, her nanny came and told her to get into the house for a bath.
Up she got and into the house. Gio stood to follow but the door was shut.
I felt a bit sad for him.

 

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23rd April 2015

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16th to 31st January 2015 – Two!

Saturday, 17th January 2015

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Thursday, 22nd January
Gio started throwing things in the corner space behind the TV.
The nanny then decided that that would be a good place to be stashing his toys.

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Gio turned two today, as did this blog 🙂
Thanks for taking your time to read and comment.
We thank God for Gio’s life and health.

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Saturday, 24th January
The bash was bigger than portrayed by the pictures below.
More pictures will be uploaded later.

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Sunday, 25th January
Unwrapped Gio’s birthday gifts.
Some more friends visited and brought Gio more gifts.

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Undated Event

One day as I came home, I approached the place where the nannies often gather to chat as the children play. The nannies were there this time, as well as a neighbour’s child, a girl of maybe three.

I had some trash to dispose of, so I passed where the congregation was and headed towards the trash bin.

“Uncle Telo! Uncle Telo!” called the little girl.
Anajificha!” (He/she is hiding!) “Anajificha!”
Nani? (Who?)
“Aunty Telo.” (Telo’s Auntie (nanny))
The gathered nannies were laughing at this.
Wapi?” (Where?) I asked.
Huko.” (There.) she pointed.
I went upstairs to our house and found the nanny standing at the balcony looking all innocent.

Saturday, 31st January – Moving Day.
My wife told the nanny she can’t work with someone who does not follow her instructions.
She cited the time when she had again left Gio asleep in the house and gone downstairs, then ran when she saw me arriving, but was reported by the neighbour’s child. He could go to the bathroom and take detergent. He could go to the stairs and fall. He could…
She did not deny the charges, but tried to downplay the incident. She was fired.

On reaching the new house, Telo’s time to sleep. Since his bed(room) had not been set up, we put a mattress on the floor in the living room and put him on it. He slept through all the commotion around.

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01st to 15th January 2015

Thursday, 01st January 2015
We went to celebrate New Year with my dad and siblings

Friday, 02nd January
My cousin Eunice visited.

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Sunday, 04th January

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Monday, 5th January

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Wednesday, 7th January
I passed something to Gio and he said his version of ‘Thank you.’ I felt very proud of him.

I came back home and found nanny removing clothes from the line?
Where is Gio
He was asleep in his crib.
This is Gio who can now get out of his crib (Sunday, 22nd June 2014)
This is Gio who can open doors (16th Dec 2014).

Friday, 9th January

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Saturday, 10th

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Sunday, 11th January

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23rd to 31st Dec 2014

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014

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Thursday, 25th December – Christmas Day, Dudu
Went with Gio to buy chicken. There were some flies in the place.
“Dudu,” he correctly said. (‘Dudu‘ is Swahili for insect).

Gio was playing with this app on the Kindle (See video on Sunday Oct. 5th 2014). It shows animations of various animals. The animals make sounds. Gio particularly liked the bear. If you moved to another animal, he would swipe back to the bear. He imitated the bear’s roar while shaking his head as the bear does.

Later, while we were eating, he tried to feed the bear.

Gio was drawing my attention to something behind the couch.
He was pointing. I went to see what it was.
“Dudu,” he said, pointing at an insect on the wall.

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Friday, 26th December

Bubbles!

Bubbles!

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Hello Kitty!

Hello Kitty!

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Been a while since I posted a pic of Gio asleep. Yes, he does still sleep.

Sunday, 28th December

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Wednesday, 31st December
Gio slept as we ushered in the new year

Undated Events
Gio’s aunt seems to have some unusual influence over him. He complies with her directions without fuss – when being changed, bathed, fed and so on.

My wife was amused when she realised that whenever she called the said aunt, say, while aunt was in the kitchen, Gio would run ‘away.’  (He would run from one side of the living room to another). He probably thought he was going to be put to bed.

The aunt left before the new year.

We went house-hunting with Gio.