Daryls’ First Day at Kindergarten

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Last Monday we brought my older son Daryl to his first day of kindergarten.

Driving there we could feel he was nervous. He was quieter than usual.

After we parked the car, we walked in to kindergarten where he was greeted by his teachers.

We told the teachers that Daryl is Rachel’s brother.

We brought him to his class room. Two girls and a boy were already there. They looked at him. He didn’t want to go in the class room.

I walked in the class and he followed. I showed him where he could sit.

He chose a corner furthest away from the other kids.

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I showed him the wash room, and showed him around the class.

We showed him where Rachel’s class was. He met another boy from day care.

After five minutes we left the room. He seemed alright.

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I waited outside the class without him knowing, then I peeked inside.

He was starting to be his cheeky self. Playing with a packet of tissue paper and chanting “Tissue, tissue”. The other kids were looking at him with curiosity.

We expect him to make friends easily.

Daryl is very sociable and we noticed kids naturally liked talking to him.

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I realized that we didn’t really prepare him for kindergarten like how we prepared Rachel.

Maybe he’s our second child. So we parents are used to it.

Maybe it’s his personality. He seems more care-free, adaptable and sociable compared to Rachel.

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That evening when he was home, we asked if he made any friends.

He said, “No, I will practice being quiet”.

I told him to ask his class mates about YouTube, Peppa Pig, Charlie and Lola, Ultraman, or Upin and Ipin.

Today I asked him again. He said they didn’t know what he was talking about. He also told me his class mates conversed in Mandarin most of the time.

Maybe that’s why he hasn’t made friends yet.

Argh, I hate it. I’m obsessed over things little like that. I don’t want him to feel lonely that’s all.

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Today (his second day), they’re already starting to learn the strokes for writing in Chinese.

Initially we wanted to enroll him at another kindergarten (starts with Q). In the end we decided to go back to the same kindergarten.

Reason is, we wanted him to start kindergarten in Chinese language. The other kindergartens only taught Chinese as a subject.

We’ve seen how Rachel has transitioned to SJKC. We hope Daryl will have the same smooth transition when he goes to Standard 1 in SJKC.

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I’m confident he will adjust soon.

We’re relieved there’s no crying or emotional meltdown from any of the kids.

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Things in our home are a bit hectic because we need to adjust to a new routine.

I’m not getting enough sleep because I’m not used to waking up so early.

We just pray the kids will be safe.

 

September 2013

Yesterday I took a photo of our family having a simple lunch.

I bought McDonalds for the kids. You can see how much they enjoyed themselves. We try not to have fast food too often. First of all it can get quite expensive. Second and most important, they eat mostly fries and have to be coaxed into eating their nuggets or burger.

I also thought that it’s time to give a short update on the kids. You know, something like those TV dramas starting a new season. The first episode is always about reminding the viewers of the character and the plots from last season.

Rachel

Rachel is completing her first year of kindergarten soon.

In this year she has learned how to converse in Mandarin. She can read and write in both Mandarin and English.

We just attended her kindergarten’s annual convert last week. Rachel was dancing and I was surprised how well she did. She was at the front so that meant she knew all the steps. She followed the timing of the music confidently. She even made sure all her classmates held their positions until the curtain went down. She was scolding one of them not to move haha.

Rachel is taller. Yesterday I took her swimming and I was surprised she could touch the floor.

She is a little easier to deal with nowadays. Slowly she can listen to some reasoning and will understand things from our point of view. But she still has moments where she reverts back to toddler behaviour.

Today Rachel fried an egg for the first time! Poey Chin let her pour the egg into a hot pan and taught her how to flip it.

Watch out Masterchef Junior!

Daryl

Daryl has adjusted to wearing specs. We still get a lot of questions and unsolicited advice about the specs everywhere we go.

But it’s ok. Most people love talking to him and he’s very happy to talk to them too.

He’s finishing his first year in a daycare. We’re waiting to see his annual report but from verbal feedback he’s still learning his alphabets.

He is so excited for Caleb to join him next year.

Caleb

Caleb turned two years old last month and since then his favourite word is “no” and “don’t want”.

He is a really cute and adorable boy. He’s grown really attached to me because we share so many common interests. Ipad games being one of them.

People sometimes ask if the boys are twins haha. We’ll we do enjoy some benefits having boys a year apart. Clothes can be passed down. Caleb will have his brother take care of him when he goes to daycare next year.

When his siblings are in daycare he’s pretty much alone at home. This means he’s had all the toys to himself and he is finding it hard to share toys. I hope things will improve when he goes to daycare.

He imitates everything his brother and sister does. It’s really cute when he tries to follow what they say.

The Others

Me and Poey Chin are pretty much the same. We’re just quite busy with our normal routines.

Things at work have become really busy for me. Suddenly we have over 20 projects to deliver by December and more might be on the way. I’m really stressed but don’t worry I can handle it.

Well that’s all for today. I hope I can spend a bit more time blogging. I’m trying to blog on the iPad because I can’t sit at my computer nowadays. Hopefully I can complete bits and pieces of the blog post when I’m around.

Thanks to all of you who continue reading this blog.

Caleb Dehydrated and Hospitalized

Last June my youngest son Caleb had to spend a couple of days in hospital.

Falling Sick

There seemed to be a virus going around. The symptoms were diarrhea and vomiting.

At that time my wife and kids were back in Ipoh. First Rachel had it before going back to Ipoh. Daryl got it on Sunday. On Thursday Poey Chin got it. On Saturday, Caleb fell sick.

He didn’t have any appetite and vomited 2-3 times and couldn’t keep anything down.

At first I was very reluctant to take him to see doctor, because everyone else got better after a couple of days.

But my father insisted and we took him to see a doctor.

Slowest. Doctor. Ever.

All the clinics seemed to be closed on a Saturday afternoon. When we found one and it was packed. After waiting half hour the doctor immediately told us Caleb was dehydrated.

She showed us how he was weak and lethargic and his abdomen looked soft. I was like “then why make us wait half hour?!”

So we said ok. We’ll take him to hospital immediately.

But wait. We can’t just walk in. Need a recommendation from a doctor.

So we waited almost 10 minutes while they tried to call a pediatrician in Ipoh who was still open and could refer cases to hospital.

OMG. I was so angry and panicked at this point.

Admission

We rushed over to hospital to see the pediatrician who confirmed he needed to be admitted.

But wait. We need to register first.

Since we didn’t plan for him to be admitted we didn’t have his MyKid. We didn’t have his medical card and I even forgot his MyKid number. Everything was back in KL.

More delays while I tried to call my insurance agent for help.

I was quite puzzled. All the doctors were telling us he’s in serious condition. But then nobody seemed to be moving urgently. Maybe they were used to this kind of cases, or maybe it wasn’t critically serious.

We finally got him admitted after I paid the RM1000 deposit.

We were taken upstairs to children’s ward treatment room.

A few months back he was in ER for stitches to his forehead. He was scared, struggling and he kept screaming. You can see a small scar above his left eyebrow.

This time he was so weak he didn’t even make a sound or have any reaction when the nurse put him on an IV drip.

After half an hour in the treatment room, he was moved to the children’s ward. At the next bed was an older girl who was also constantly vomiting.

A few hours later Caleb seemed to be back to normal. He was active and playful again, but he still kept vomiting so he could not be discharged.

He passed the time taking walks around the ward, playing iPad and sleeping because of the medication.

Lessons Learned

I will carry a copy of their MyKid and medical card with me.

I won’t take diarrhea and vomiting lightly.

I will take the kids to see doctor sooner. I’m so sorry I didn’t want to take the trouble finding a doctor.

Doctor asked if we took the Rotavirus vaccine. We didn’t because it was optional, expensive and we didn’t want too many vaccines. I wonder if the vaccine could have prevented this.

I’m so protective over Caleb now. Poey Chin says I give him special treatment but I feel he needs extra care and attention at this age. I still feel guilty that I didn’t take him to see doctor soon enough.