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:
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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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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.

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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.

1st to 20th April 2015

3rd April 2015

We went to the Giraffe Centre.

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5th April 2015

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Monday, 13th April

Daddy lets Gio play with water. Daddy rocks!

Daddy lets Gio play with water. Daddy rocks!

Monday, 20th April
My wife went to school to find out what is needed at school on reporting.

March 2015 – Hunger, Speech and Violence

Sunday, 1st March 2015

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Wednesday, 4th March 2015

Saturday, 7th March 2015

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Wednesday, 11th March

Chilling with Mama

Chilling with Mama

18th March

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Sunday 22nd March – Hunger and Speech

We were going for a birthday bash at The Jolly Roger. There is a sand-pit there, so we picked Gio’s bucket and tools. When we got out of the house, Gio ran behind the house, which is where he normally goes to play with soil.
We called him back.
He picked the bucket and ran behind the house again.
He cried when brought back.
He cried and cried as we drove to The Jolly Roger.

Finally, he paused in his crying and said ‘Eat.’

My wife was quite amused, that Gio was so hungry that he spoke. I felt sorry for him.

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Sandpit Violence
At the sanpit at the Jolly Roger, a boy came and joined in the playing. He tried about twice to get the shovel that Gio had. I found the boy rather irritating. Gio refused to give it to him.
One time he took an old one that was there and tried to exchange it with the new one that Gio had. Gio did not want that deal.
Gio knocked the boy on the head with the plastic shovel, I think. The boy started crying. I verbally reprimanded Gio but was quite pleased amused.
We fled the scene of crime.

IMG_9218As we were leaving the Jolly Roger, Gio saw some boys also leaving. He joyfully ran after them, solidifying my view that he should join school and play with other children.

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Looking at ants/termites

Looking at ants/termites

That boy was peeing and Gio was curious

That boy was peeing and Gio was curious

1st to 28th February 2015

01st February 2015
Gio loves the boots in this picture.

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A number of times I would be seated in the house and he’d bring me the boots for me to get him into them.
Problem is, it’s quite a difficult process getting his feet properly into the boots.

06th February 2015

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07th February 2015
Gio eviscerated his lovey.

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11th February 2015
Gio loves playing with my coins. His mother doesn’t like him doing that.

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18th February 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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