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.

 

Daryl at Three Years Old

Daryl just celebrated his third birthday a few weeks ago. His birthday is 9 days after Rachel’s birthday but we had separate (small) parties for the both of them anyway.

Personality

Anyone spending a few minutes with him will say he has a friendly outgoing personality.

He doesn’t feel shy speaking to strangers at all. He will talk to anyone he meets and become instant friends with them. Strangers at shopping malls, people in the lifts, the cleaning staff, shopkeepers, my parent’s neighbours…

You can easily tell what emotions Daryl is feeling. If he’s happy, he will smile and be so excited. If he’s sad, he will cry so hard. He doesn’t hide his feelings inside.

This is something he gets from my father.

Here’s a series of photos taken when I took him with me to the car wash.

    Daycare and learning

In the past five months he’s been attending daycare where he’s had the chance to interact with other kids. At first he hardly mixed with the other kids but now he’s got a few friends.

I’m not sure about his academic progress. I’m not expecting much because it seems he doesn’t sit still for long.

His favorite activities are playing with toys and taking walks around our condo.

Compared to Caleb, he’s not a fan of TV and iPad games.

    Turtle

There’s a turtle living in a pond downstairs and the turtle has become his imaginary friend.

Turtle talks to him, and he loves and clothing, books, cartoons or toys that are related to turtles.

    Physical

He’s grown taller and much heavier. At this age he’s lost the toddler look.

His eyes have improved a lot.

I can’t remember if I mentioned on this blog, but Daryl has to wear eye patch because he has a squint. When he’s tired, either one of his eyes will drift (potential lazy eye).

Upon checking, they also advised him to wear glasses to correct his vision (he has astigmatism and slightly short sighted).

So in the past six months he’s been wearing glasses and patching his eye an hour a day.

We do see improvement because we can hardly see his eye drift anymore. We’re due for a followup appointment next month and I hope we can confirm this observation.

I always tell him that he’s my big boy.

Somehow he learned the word ‘protect’. He will say he needs to protect Rachel and Caleb. Such a good boy.

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It’s been a while since I’ve recorded down the progress of Daryl boy.

He’s one and-a-half years old, and has mastered walking and running. He is starting to climb up on our dining chairs.

He and Rachel run around the house screaming (driving me mad), but he’s still a bit clumsy on his feet.

Daryl is so active now that it’s tiring to keep up with him.

He insists on holding a spoon during mealtimes, with comical results.

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In terms of speech, he can pretty much imitate the words we say, but in baby talk. He can communicate by pointing around and using some words.

He can sing along to his favourite songs, but he only knows the last word of each line (e.g. twinkle twinkle little STAR, how i wonder what you ARE).

Every time we go out, he will repeat the words Nut Nut and Ant Ants! Funny how he can still remember that.

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He is starting to get a sense of humour. He can laugh at silly jokes, especially while playing with Rachel.

In terms of social development he’s quite shy, but he will gladly chat with any kakak he sees.

His teeth have all developed, with the exception of the molars beside his incisors.

We estimate he weighs the same as Rachel now.

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We are starting to read books to him. He can recognize pictures like duck and cat but his attention span is pretty short, can’t sit more than 5 minutes.

He can sit longer when watching videos. We usually play him some Barney DVDs or some nursery rhymes on YouTube.

He is starting to become very demanding. One time we were at a quiet Japanese restaurant and we were so embarassed because he kept screaming.

He screamed because he wanted to drink my green tea and eat my rice. I was feeding him but he wouldn’t wait for me to cut the food in smaller portions.

A little preview of the coming terrible twos I suppose.

In the next few months I’m hoping that he can get more stable on his feet, then we won’t have to worry about him falling down.

I know he’s going to keep testing his boundaries but I hope we will be able to deal with it better.