Archive for January, 2012

Sixth birthday; first tooth lost

Robin

Robin marked his sixth birthday by losing his first tooth. It fell out in the day, letting him avoid having to negotiate his birthday pizza with a very wobbly tooth. His party was in the leisure centre and involved games of football and play on a bouncy castle.

Gabe

Gabe can seem mature for his age: chatting to dads at Robin’s football about City and United. And he can seem naive: not really up to speed with his friends in the car on the way to football practice, as they talk about asking girls out, wrestling and taunting each other.

Eliza

Eliza didn’t make it into the school choir. But she always has a song on the go, which gets sung repeatedly. Right now, we hear the first three lines of Ain’t no mountain high enough over and over again.

Wrong way Robin

Robin

Over-heated and in the thick of his second match at football practice, Robin won the ball on the half-way line. He paused, put his foot on the ball, turned and began dribbling at pace with teammates and opponents in his wake. There were a few shouts of ‘wrong way’, but Robin pressed on until seeing his own goalkeeper in front of him he veered left and cleared the ball from his own attack. Stung with embarrassment, he threw himself back into the game and scored a goal following another strong, this time correctly orientated, run.

Eliza

Eliza wears her school skirt as a mini-skirt. L reassured me: she has adopted that style so her legs are free for cartwheeling.

Gabe

Gabe’s snoring has been silenced. An ENT physician looked up his nose then gave him four allergy spot tests. Within minutes, one of the tests had raised a red wheal on Gabe’s arm. “That’s great news”, the physician claimed, “dust mites. The only allergy that you can remove. And you can tell your Father that you cannot clean your room, as it could make it worse.” Prescribed a nasal spray and anti-histemine, within days Gabe’s sleep became quiet.

First footing

    Gabe

Gabe showed his increasing staying up stamina by seeing in the New Year in St Andrews with grandparents, uncle, aunt, L and me. He spent the evening with the adults playing cards and word games, before we sat in a darkened conservatory cooing at the golf club’s firework display above the town.

    Eliza

Grandma took L, Eliza and R to a pantomime – Aladdin. Eliza was thrilled, participating in the hissing and shouting, charmed that the story could hinge on the audience’s response (it took their crossing of fingers to free the genie from the cave) and tickled at recognising men dressed as women, wholly oblivious to cliché and irony.

    Robin

Robin had the chance to take part in a football tournament with other teams of 5-6 year olds from across the region. The text invitation made much of scores not being kept and the non-competitive environment. Nonetheless his team was rewarded for winning all of their matches with the award of a trophy for best squad. Robin played his part alongside several teammates already training with local Premier League academies.

The Great Unwrapping

The family, including aunt, uncle and little cousin F, assembled in the living room on Christmas morning, considered the pile of presents spreading out from under the tree and went to work.

Robin

Robin put on his roller-blades straightaway and cruised along the hall and around the kitchen for much of the morning. After a trip to the park on the blades, the Nerf gun took over. He spent the afternoon in combat shooting the grown-ups at point-blank range and then from sniper positions. Cousin F assisted, retrieving the foam bullets.

Eliza

Eliza also got new wheels, a scooter, that she rode to the park alongside Robin and ahead of Cousin F whose bike had been painstakingly assembled by the men. A watch and stripy, romper suit pyjamas were other early favourites.

Gabe

Christmas was an opportunity to equip Gabe for his return to cricket. Gloves, pads, box and helmet – the last, unfathomably, too small and requiring replacement. He tried them all on eagerly but I wasn’t able to arrange for him to use them in action, which disappointed him.

He also took charge of the family DVD present: the last Harry Potter film and the early series of Outnumbered, which he has alighted on as his favourite programme. The appeal perhaps the sight of children besting their parents and some gentle swearing.