August 2015

My wife’s colleague and our friend came with her daughter to stay with us for a while.

03rd August

20150803_190004

10th August

img_0037

12th August
Gio wanted to stay with/on the swing in the supermarket

20150812_194454

19th August

img_0092

23rd August

 

img_0101

28th August

20150828_201221

29th August
Wyse’s 2nd birthday party.

Click any of the pictures to view the gallery in large size.

June 2015

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

Birthday Party

Birthday Party

13th June

IMG_9633b

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

IMG_9643b

IMG_9657b

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’

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.
IMG_9436Gio started playing with the toys in the room.
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.

 

IMG_9469

23rd April 2015

IMG_9474

About School

There is some background information that I feel would be useful in understanding Gio joining school relatively early.

My wife and I had actually considered homeschooling. In fact, we went ahead to find out who is doing it and where they got training to prepare them for it and their experience. Those who are homeschooling seem quite happy with it.

As we were thinking these thoughts, Gio was of course staying at home and going about his usual routine. He would be taken outside by the nanny to play and after lunch, he would be put to bed. This is where one problem was. Many times he would get out of bed and come to the sitting room and would cry if he was taken back to his bed to sleep.

In addition, I noted that I personally could not keep up with the sustained play that Gio wanted.

Thirdly, as I mentioned towards the end of this post, Gio would get excited to see other children of roughly his age or a bit older and would want to play with them.

Considering these things, I felt that Gio needed a place where he could play with other children, get tired, and be able to sleep for at least an hour in the afternoons. The solution was to get him into a play school or play group of some sort.

Thus began our hunt for schools.

IMG_8977

There is a school next door to where we live. This would have been an excellent place. The nanny could walk Gio there, have him play to his heart’s content, then they could walk back in the afternoon, and hopefully he would be tired enough to sleep. Unfortunately, that school does not have play school.

So we tried a little further on, same thing – no play school.

A third school had apparently closed the kindergarten and now had a secondary school only.

Further and further we drove.

Another school indeed welcomed children of Gio’s age, but my wife felt that the children of his age were too few. I think there was just one girl of about his age. Or maybe two. (Plus the school was rather costly).

Yet another school (this one uses the Accelerated Christian Education  – ACE – system) had more children, but my wife said the teacher/s was/were ‘shrubbing’ (speaking with a tribal accent). Sigh.

Another school was really nice. And really expensive (for us at least), at about 100,000/= (currently about $1,000) per term! No, thanks.

Keep in mind that the original plan was to get Gio playmates at a place he could walk, play, walk back home and sleep.

We went to at least eight schools in total.

Finally, we went to one more school, just to find out about it. When we saw the fee structure, I wanted us to leave. My wife asked about bringing Telo only a few days a week, and the person we were talking to said they’d get the accountant to respond to that. The accountant turned out to be someone who knows us from Church! She told us that her own children were in this school, that she had tried ACE and finally brought the children here, etc. My wife was convinced.

To really summarise, my wife lobbied for us to take Gio to this last school, and we did.

That is how Gio started going to school. Well, he starts in the next post.

16th to 31st January 2015 – Two!

Saturday, 17th January 2015

IMG_8748

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.

IMG_8751Friday, 23rd January

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.

IMG_8755 IMG_8760 IMG_8762 IMG_8772

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

20150124_112944 20150124_112943 (1) 20150124_170141

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

IMG_8784 IMG_8838 IMG_888126th January

IMG_8924

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.

20150131_183820

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.

IMG_8537Saturday, 3rd January

IMG_8559 IMG_8561

Sunday, 04th January

20150104_175204

Monday, 5th January

IMG_8599Tuesday, 6th January

IMG_8612

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

IMG_8730 IMG_8736

Saturday, 10th

IMG_8745

Sunday, 11th January

20150111_145558

23rd to 31st Dec 2014

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014

IMG_8412

IMG_8416

IMG_8418

IMG_8420

IMG_8422
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.

My dad and sister visited for Christmas and to celebrate my sister’s birthday, which was yesterday. IMG_8453

Friday, 26th December

Bubbles!

Bubbles!

IMG_8459

IMG_8460

IMG_8462

Hello Kitty!

Hello Kitty!

IMG_8467

IMG_8471

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

Sunday, 28th December

IMG_8479 IMG_8484

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.