September 2015

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'”

She demonstrated:
“Do you want [something or other]” she asked Gio.
“No,” said he.
“No?” she said
“Ok,” he replied

21st September

Today I heard Telo calling the teacher “Teacher”

25th September

School crafts

School crafts

Saturday, 26th September
Gio was singing something in the car. I soon made it out to be
‘Everybody tidy up. Tidy up.’

Garden City



1st to 28th February 2015

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

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




07th February 2015
Gio eviscerated his lovey.


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


18th February 2015


01st to 07th December 2015

Monday, 1st December 2014
My wife bought sweet potato flour to use instead of wheat, since Gio reacts to wheat.

Gio’s lovey underwent corrective surgery.

IMG_8065 IMG_8061Following the successful operation, Gio started playing with it again.

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Tuesday, 2nd Dec
Pancakes and raisins


Wednesday, 3rd Dec
Gio likes looking at pictures and watching videos of himself. To be fair to him, maybe he would be equally fascinated by pictures and videos of other kids.



I played for him one of the videos he has watched since he was quite young. He was reciting some letters of the alphabet at the same time as the narrator.

Thursday, 4th



Saturday, 6th December








Sunday, 7th Dec 2014
As we were getting into the house at night, my wife slipped, fell on her foot and fractured two ankle bones. This incident affected activities in our house for weeks after it happened.

24th to 30th November 2014

Thursday, 27th November 2014 Gio’s lovey lost its head in unclear circumstances. IMG_7930 IMG_7925 Gio simply stopped carrying it. In fact, he was behaving as if it wasn’t even there. This is the lovey that he usually goes with almost everywhere and that he goes to bed with. Tuesday, 4th November. He seemed to have found an alternative toy to spin with. (Spinning with teddy). Friday, 28th Gio had had his supper. While I was having mine, he showed interest in it. And he ate with gusto. As in he came and sat next to me and was opening his mouth wide. 20141128_215526 20141128_215350 This is in sharp contrast to the continuous protests he normaly puts up when being fed his own food. Sometimes he opens his mouth just a little bit as if he is doing it grudgingly. “Maybe he doesn’t like the food we give him” my wife finally said. I told her I’ve been telling her that for a long time. Saturday, 29th We went for a walk. IMG_7944 IMG_7961 IMG_7965 IMG_7970 IMG_7972 IMG_7977

17th and 18th November 2014

Monday, 17th November 2014 – No Socks
Gio nowadays pulls off his socks and remains barefoot. Possibly partly as a result of this, his nose is runny sometimes.
I looked for his tights (that cover his feet too), put his socks back on his feet and dressed him in the tights. After a while, the nanny reported that Gio had pulled off his socks through a hole in the tights. Sigh! (Actually she claimed that Gio had made the hole and pulled out the socks).


Tuesday, 18th November

The lovey is back!

Gio and his lovey.

3rd to 9th November 2014 – Speech

Monday, 3rd November 2014
Feeding Gio is often such a battle. He whines, turns his head away, refuses to open his mouth, pushes away the hand trying to feed him, then he usually eventually opens his mouth. The nanny repeatedly claims that this happens more (only?) when my wife is around. She says that during the day, he feeds so well that Huwezi jua iko mtoto kwa hii nyumba (You wouldn’t know there is a child in this house).

My wife prepared the ground for Gio to feed himself, hoping for better results, but she ended up mostly feeding him.


Tuesday, 4th November
Gio has started counting. He counts Two, without bothering to count One.


A number of times it is me who dresses him up for bed.
Here he is with his much loved teddy bear. He normally reaches out for it and makes a sound for assistance if he is unable to reach it, and many times his face lights up when he gets it. My wife bought it for 30/- (about US$ 0.33). She says if she had known how much Gio would like it, she would have picked a better-looking one.


Friday, 7th November

Saturday, 8th November
We went for breakfast. We gave Gio some egg, he pushed it out of his mouth. We gave him some potatoes, he pushed it out of his mouth, We gave him some bacon, that he ate. We gave him some bread, and that he ate too.

Sunday, 9th November
When we reached Church, Gio was asleep. So I stayed with im in the car as my wife went in for the service. He woke up after sleeping for about 45 minutes. I changed his clothes (he had been sweating) and we went in to the church building as well. I took him to the nursery and put him down, but he turned to me whining, so I picked him up. Whenever I put him down, he complained again, so I carried him. Naturally I found this unusual. I even felt his head to see if his temperature was high, but he was fine.

After the service, my wife was standing talking to a friend of ours, while Gio, another friend and I stood in the shade a few metres away from them.
“Kay,” I called my wife.
“Kay,” Gio repeated.
Gio followed me into our bedroom. Usually when he gets into our bedroom, he looks around for something to pick, or he goes to my computer keyboard and starts pressing keys. Or both. This time he picked a Bluetooth adapter that looks like a flash disk, and took off with it (as he usually does), like someone who has found major loot and wants to get away before it is taken away from him.

I followed him and he went to the TV and was trying to put the adapter behind the TV, on the left side where the USB port is, and where we usually put a flash disk.

There is this video that Gio likes. He imitates a few of the actions and watches me imitating them.
When it reaches the part where it says “Hug,” he makes a sound and moves forward for a hug.

13th to 19th January 2014

Monday, 13th January 2014


With his lovey

With his lovey

Tuesday, 14th January 2014


Wednesday, 15th January 2014


Thursday, 16th January 2014

My wife instructed the nanny to be taking Gio out to play in the grass.


Friday, 17th January 2014

Saturday, 18th January 2014

Gio can walk fairly well while his hand is held, but he seems afraid to walk on his own. Or maybe he does not know he is supposed to do it by himself.




Sunday, 19th January 2014


Went to church at NPC Karen. My wife went with Gio to the creche there. Apparently it caters for children of various ages. Consequently, there were children running around in there. Gio did not sleep and kept my wife very busy following him up and down. She got very tired.