Archive for January, 2015

100 sit-ups

Gabe

Starting early in the month, Gabe began doing nightly sit-ups, increasing by five each time. He reached his target of 100 sit-ups, without a break, showing a determination in the face of pain. His overall goal is to develop a six-pack.

Robin

With his target in sight, Gabe decided that he would complement his daily dose of sit-ups with a timed plank. On the evening he reached his century, all five of us gathered in the living room for a family plank. L & I were the first to break, around the one minute mark. Gabe followed, his core already thoroughly exercised by sit-ups. Eliza reached three minutes and Robin went on and on. He seemed in such little discomfort I was suspicious his knees were touching the floor – they weren’t. Finally, at seven minutes he buckled.

Eliza

Eliza’s two most recent milk teeth to come out have done so in halves. The adult teeth underneath have pushed the milk teeth up and fractured them, leaving Eliza with a sharp half-tooth stuck to her gum. It’s taken up to a week for the second half to fall out.

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Gastric flu

Eliza

Long into Friday night, hours after first worrying she might be sick, Eliza was. On Monday, Eliza missed her first day of junior school. A clean attendance record lasting three years and one term ended. Through the week, she suffered stomach cramps, loss of appetite. It wasn’t until the following Sunday, when she woke up and ran into the kitchen that the flu was beaten.

Gabe

Gabe asked to spend Saturday out of the house. He didn’t want to catch the flu. He avoided spending time in the same room as Eliza, refused to touch plates that she had used when eating the tiny portions of food she could manage. His quarantining of his sister worked as he stayed healthy.

Robin

By mid-week, Robin was accusing Eliza of faking. She should be back at school he said. Part and parcel of a period of squabbling between the two of them. The following Sunday, Robin woke in the night and spent over an hour with his head in the toilet. He wasn’t actually sick but was unwell. The day Eliza returned to school, he had to take off. L & I contemplated another week of juggling work with sick leave. Then by Monday afternoon, Robin recovered.

Tenses

Gabe

Gabe’s questioning has recently veered towards a particular and new topic: verb tenses. Sometimes he wants to know how a tense is constructed in French, other times it’s to understand what it is in English. “How do you make the pluperfect in French?”. “What’s the future conditional in English?” French classes at school have prompted this curiosity, not just about the foreign language, but his own as well. L and I are learning for a second time.

Robin

Sitting with Robin as he watched the end of a familiar movie, he suddenly hid his face from the screen and began groaning. “Kissing. Yuck” he complained. I asked why he objected and didn’t he like Mummy kissing him. Hugging, ‘yes’ he replied, but not kissing.

Eliza

Struck by a bug or dodgy food, Eliza had a restless night that culminated in her being sick. It wiped her out for the whole of the last weekend before school term restarted – stomach pains, temperature and fatigue. She faces missing the first day back at school, which would be the first day she has missed at junior school after three years and one term.

Several days of Christmas

Spending Christmas in London meant present opening had to be planned. We couldn’t take all the presents with us in the car, so the options were to open them when we got back on 29 December, before we left on Christmas Eve, or both with a few, choice presents taken to London with us (along with the stockings).

Early on Christmas Eve, we gathered in the living room to open presents. L and I were given our presents to open first. Mine included chocolate covered nuts from Eliza and Gabe, a portrait of Eliza and me drawn by Eliza and a winter hat from Robin to go with the straw hat he bought me two birthdays ago.

Just over 24 hours later, 200 miles south, stockings and then presents from uncle and aunt were opened.

The kids’ highlights of the four days in Richmond were the games (cards, iphone ‘who am I?’, living room catch and FIFA) played with the older cousins.