Archive for September, 2009

Tiger adventure

Robin

We varied our usual game of ‘lions and tigers’ (wrestling). I was the Daddy tiger, who taught the baby tiger how to cope with various terrains: long grass, swamp, rocks, river. I set Robin challenges (in the living room), crossing tricky terrain and always bounding back to me across grassland.

Eliza

Eliza (and the boys) wore their swimming goggles in the bath. They took turns dipping their heads under the water – shallow and clear. I timed their efforts to hold their breath underwater.

Gabe

Gabe recovered from his asthma and then from a virus. But maybe the toll it took of Gabe was seen today with a peak of irritability and fussing, with any setback met with whining, tears and complaints about Robin and Eliza. How do you develop resilience (to life’s disappointments) whilst also providing a safety net needed by a child?

Asthma attack

Gabe

For the first time in over a year, Gabe has been felled by asthma. Triggered perhaps by a cold and maybe by the dust from the extension, he coughed throughout school on Wednesday and couldn’t manage to cycle home. To GP and then to A&E and paeds ward. Oxygen, nebulisers and steroids controlled the attack, but he was discharged only after 2 nights on the ward. Several times it looked as though he would come home sooner, but his breathing worsened. Having got his hands on the ward X-box, he was in a dilemma: come home or keep playing Fifa 05.

under attack

Robin

Robin began school nursery on Wednesday. A challenging week, made more difficult by Gabe’s illness and Lou being at the hospital. His response has been to develop a new facial expression – a jutting chin. When I picked him up from play-group on Thursday, he fixed the expression and ran to me, butting me in the lower stomach.

Eliza

Eliza was upset by Gabe and Lou’s absence. On Thursday morning she complained of a stomach ache, which wouldn’t go by sitting on the toilet. Eventually, getting shoes on for school, she found it had gone. She asked me whether you could get a stomach ache if you were worried about something. Rare self-knowledge.

Leg-spin bowling

Gabriel

As a reward for good behaviour while I was away on cricket tour, Gabe came with me to Sale CC to share my final coaching session with First teamer and professional coach, Rick. Rick was particularly impressed with Gabe’s bowling – ‘he’s quicker than you’ Rick observed after Gabe’s first delivery. Gabe bowled straight and steady – a real achievement – and then listened to Rick explain how to bowl a leg-spinner and within the first over, had managed to turn a couple of balls.

Eliza

Eliza came home on Friday, at the end of her first full week in year 1 with the Golden Book award – for ‘super listening and always doing the right thing’.

Robin

Robin made it to his first Gimme 5 football practice. He ran around, sat attentively and took part in everything, although he struggled to grasp some of the exercises. He says he wants to go back next week.

No stabilisers

Robin

A morning of extreme ups and downs. Excitement at getting ready for his first session of under 5s football practice (Gimme 5). Upset at finding when we arrived that it had been cancelled – Robin sobbed in his car seat, “I want football practice”. Joy at riding, at the very first attempt, without stabilisers across the field at the park and around the bandstand. Outrage that we insisted the stabilisers go back on his bike for the ride along pavements back home.

Gabe

Gabe played cricket with me in the back garden. He bowled a full length and good line; played some orthodox strokes and tried hard to catch despite the stinging ball. Throughout, not just between balls, shots and catches, but while they happened, he chatted – evaluating what he had just done, asking questions, drawing conclusions.

Eliza

At the playground, Eliza clung tenaciously to bars, ropes and the climbing wall. She swung and climbed, challenging herself, using her strong shoulders and arms to pitch about her tiny frame.