October 2015

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

12th October

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.

18th October

31st October

At the Jolly Roger


10th to 16th February 2014

Monday, 10th February 2014
Put Gio to sleep at around 9:20 and stayed by his crib.
He stood up a few times and each time I made him lie down again.
He kept tossing and turning, until I thought of just taking him back to the living room until he gets sleepy.
Then he fell asleep!

Tuesday, 11th Feb 2014
Gio woke up around 1:30 a.m. My wife took him and breastfed him. He started sleeping in our bed.
My wife took him back to his crib.
He started crying. This went on till maybe 2:30 at which point my wife had had enough and wanted to compel him to sleep.
I offered to put him to sleep.
I kept physically preventing him from getting up. He kept crying and kicking his legs.
After some time, my wife came and made him lie down with comforting words and he was silent for a while. She got back into our bed and Gio started crying again.
I again went and made him lie down, switched off the night light and patted him.
He finally drifted off to sleep at maybe 3:30 a.m. or so.

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Friday, 14th Feb

Gio was glad to meet a dog from the neighbourhood. He was not afraid to touch it.
I think this change came about after he touched the neighbour’s cat.
In Malindi, he was fascinated by the dog there, but he never reached out to touch it.

Saturday, 15th February


Sunday, 16th Feb
Went to visit some friends who got a baby two months ago.
We passed by Smart Baby to buy the new baby something.
In our bargaining pitch, we said we were long-standing customers and we mentioned the time we came shopping with Gio when he was just a week old and we were not allowed into the compound and it was drizzling at the time. The man remembered the incident and gave us 100/- discount 😀
(Smart Baby has since relocated from that no-visitors’-cars location, but did not move very far away).

At our friend’s place, Gio was fascinated by the baby and tried to touch his eyes. Why do babies do that?
Gio seemed to enjoy walking to and fro, sometimes falling down, but getting up again.

We intend to stop giving him milk to see if the rash will go away.
My wife and I went out to dinner, so my wife instructed the nanny to put Gio to bed at around 9:20 p.m.
My wife told her to stay with him in the room until he falls asleep.
Later, the nanny said Gio only cried a bit.

9th to 12th December 2013

09th Dec 2013

My wife’s mum arrived. Gio seemed fairly friendly with her.

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My wife and Gio’s nanny were away. I can’t remember where the nanny was. Gio was left primarily in my care – feeding, changing, putting to sleep. My wife’s mum helped too.

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Went to the nearby farm. Last time we went Gio was too young to respond to the sight of animals. This time he was quite fascinated.