Archive for October, 2009

Phomephing to phuck

Robin

From two binkies to none – in one week. The children had their first visit to a new dentist, who looked in Robin’s mouth and discerned a dummy user. If he doesn’t stop now, the dentist warned, the boy will need orthodontic braces later. Robin was shocked by the possibility of ‘spiky phings’ in his mouth. He went to bed without his binky that night, but woke up with one. The binkies have now been hidden and he’s had two nights without, but woke clamouring for one before dawn. “I want phomephing to phuck”, he moans.

His diction may also improve.

Eliza

Six weeks into year one and Eliza’s parents’ evening was held. Miss Evans was full of praise for Eliza: phonics [not sonics] with year 2; reading age of 6 years + 8 months; great writing; good at mental arithmetic; quiet in class, but comfortable to contribute to group discussions – and a lovely pupil.

Gabe

Gabe has non-infectious conjuctivitis. He has become obsessed with knowing if his eyes are red – the questioning has supplanted, for now, his evening routine of demanding to know if he looks tired. If his eyes are red, and he’s told, he tends to melt down – the sobbing having the effect of making his already sore eyes, red and puffy.

Two binkies

Robin

Robin takes great comfort in his binkies (aka dummies – see Anne Tyler ‘Digging to America’). Strenuous efforts have restricted him to just three binky times: in the car, in the pushchair (now almost unused) and in bed. Maybe trying to capitalise on these last preserves of his great pleasure, Robin now insists on having two binkies, particularly in bed. This has become his entitlement. Twice this week, I’ve been woken by his shouts. When I’ve made it to his bedside, I’ve found him scrabbling around in the dark looking for a binky, with another sucked tight to his lips.

Gabe

At bedtime, Gabe asked me whether the world would get too hot in his lifetime. I, without convincing myself, reassured him it wouldn’t, but reminded him that we needed to think of his children, too. Gabe stated that he wouldn’t have children, nor was he going to marry. He explained that he was going to live with his friends. ‘I want to be gay’, he concluded.

Eliza

Eliza’s teacher chose her as one of the class’s representatives on School Council. Eliza was given a metal badge, which was pinned to her cardigan, and which she should wear every day. She attended her first meeting, armed with Gabe’s suggestion for compost bins. But she didn’t speak at the meeting, finding herself too shy.

Egg challenge

Robin

Robin went to hospital to see how his allergy to egg is developing. Some egg was rubbed on his back – the patch turned red and swelled. Some was brushed over his lips, which swelled. He ate, in a spoon of chocolate pudding, egg the size of a rice grain, then two and then half a spoonful. Minutes later he was sick. But there was good news: no anaphalactic reaction.

Egg 1 Robin 0

Gabe

Gabe collects and plays with yugiyo cards – a cross between top trumps and dungeons and dragons. A great upset occurred when it surfaced that Gabe had swapped rainbow dragon, a most powerful card, for a lesser card, under pressure from a schoolmate. His classmate had called him ‘stupid’ and threatened to carry on doing so until he swapped the card. Gabe did the swap and a week later sobbed the story out. The next day, he went back to his classmate and asked for the swap to be reversed. It didn’t work, but it showed courage.

Eliza

With Gabe, Eliza began piano lessons. The teacher drew around her hand and taught her about the note C. Eliza was excited about getting a file to keep her piano lesson notes.

Rainbows and thunder

Eliza

Eliza began mini-mini girl guides on Monday. Rainbows is for girls aged 5-7. She came home with a tulip bulb in a plastic plant pot and a tissue paper flower. She said the Rainbows played games and sang songs. She coped well – none of her close friends are Rainbows – helped a lot by the presence of helper Thunder (aka Beth), who Eliza has played with since birth.

 

rain dance

 

Gabe

Gabe also joined a group this week. He made his first appearance at Mrs Quirk’s Moorlands School Choir. Mrs Q is strict in her rules – 3 times without your choir folder and you’re out – but kind in her actions. Gabe’s been harmonising ever since.

Robin

Three weeks into school nursery and Robin has settled better than expected. He had his first accident on Friday, banging his head in a pushing incident. The name Jackie has cropped up. She, Robin tells us, tried and tried to draw him a lion (it looked more like a tiger) and picked him a flower to cheer him up after his accident.