Archive for September, 2012

Driving lessons

September 27, 2012

While Calvin is in school, j has been trying to teach me how to drive. So far, we’ve had three “lessons”. It’s not as bad as I thought. The first time we tried, I was so nervous that the car started drifting to the right when I was looking away. But at least I’ve learnt to step on the brakes whenever I don’t feel confident. I have some serious worries that I’ll bang our car up >.<

Now I can make left/ right turns at least in an empty parking lot. It'll still take a long while before I have the confidence to go on the road. It is kinda fun though and much less stresssful than I thought.

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The Toy Begzor

September 23, 2012

Today, we though we’d bring him to Washington Park to play with his ball because he mentioned doing it earlier in the day. When we got there, there were some people having a barbeque and their kids were running amok at the playground. Somehow he was intimidated by them and refused to come down to play so we ended up going to the SPCA rummage store that was nearby. Calvin’s eyes lit up immediately when he saw a toy car in the shelf above. He wanted to hold it and started to say that he wants to bring it home, much to our dismay.

J: “Let’s look for another one. This one’s not very nice”.

Calvin: “I think it’s nice. I think it’s the best”

Then I saw another one by Little Tikes that looked like an ambulance with a wagon.

Calvin: “Let’s bring two cars home”

We finally made him choose only one of them and put the purple car back. But this car was rather kiddy and didn’t do much either so I wasn’t exactly keen to get it. So I rummaged through the lot again and Voila! found a tractor. Calvin has been into being a tractor recently and plowing the field, planting the seeds etc. The tractor makes sounds and when we took it out later, found that it had a torchlight at the front too. So a very happy boy carried his tractor around and was going to bring it to the cashier himself to pay for it immediately, except we made him wait while I look around the rest of the store. He asked for the toy so nicely that we couldn’t help but buy him yet another vehicle. Looks like we might have to avoid toy stores in the future. But he’s surprisingly good when we go to CVS and he play with the cars there though. He will even help to clean them up when we tell him it’s time to go.

 

School

September 16, 2012

It’s been 2 weeks since he started school and I’ve also went to co-op once last week. It’s been rather hectic because I’ve been staying with him for most of the day at school so I’ve actually had to plan around his school days like preparing meals beforehand. He seems to be adjusting well to the routine at school. In fact, he’s starting to assert his independence. Occasionally, he will tell us that ‘I don’t need to hold hands/ be carried because I’m a big boy’ or ‘I can do it meself’. He’s also becoming more helpful with cleaning up his toys at home too when I call him over.

He still doesn’t play with the other children much in school but his teachers have said that he’s good at expressing himself so that’s a relief. Although one of his classmates thought he was a baby and remarked ‘I didn’t know babies can talk’. Then again maybe Angmo children just aren’t accustomed to how small Asian kids are. Admittedly my little Calvin still has a cute chubby baby face that I love to pinch. After being in school, he has learnt how to make friends. Today at the playground, he said to another kid ‘Hi, my name is Calvin’. Normally, he would just run away and hide behind us or pull us away to somewhere else where he doesn’t have to interact.

He’s becoming really cheeky though. At the end of the day, they have music time but he’s already all tuckered out. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m there but he’ll refuse to participate and say things like “I don’t want to spin because I might fall down’ ‘I don’t want to jump because I might get stuck’ ‘I don’t want to wave because I might get trapped’ and he’ll keep coming up with all these excuses as the teacher tells the children to do different things. -_-;

His favorite activity in school is painting at the easel. Maybe because he has never used actual paint/ paintbrushes or an easel before. So we get all these great paintings of colored lines done by him. Maybe I’ll end up like those parents who keep big fat boxes of old art and craft stuff from their kids.

Well, next week onwards, we’ll probably have him stay the full time at school by himself, so we can finally regain some time for ourselves. Oh yeah and today we went to Target and got him a Cars backpack because he’s been telling me that he doesn’t have one. Not that it will ever carry anything inside but whatever makes him happy I guess… And this little guy was overjoyed when we showed him the Cars movie. Granted, he has no idea what is going on 90% of the time and spends most of the time asking me.What are they doing? Etc…..but I figured it might give him something to talk about with the other kids if they watch the same things….aww I’m just a big softie.

P.S: He quickly lost interest in the Cars movie the next day which somewhat surprised me. No big deal though since I don’t relish going through the movie explaining everything several times….

First day of school

September 3, 2012

Last Thursday I brought him to his preschool for his orientation. He took to the activities happily: it was the first time he saw an easel and paints but he stood there and painted 4 sheets of paper happily; tried out the drill and hammer; played with the pretend toaster, splashed at the water table; played with the stamps and play dough. The social interaction part isn’t exactly forthcoming though. He’s just trying his best to avoid interacting while enjoying all the new toys. Like during playground time, he keep trying to grab all the big vehicles and got really upset that someone else was playing with the black car that he wanted. He started to cry to me until I redirected him to shovel sand into the dump truck. I’m more surprised that we managed to get through the day without me having to carry him. He was pretty pooped at the end of the day though and we unfortunately end up with story time which he doesn’t enjoy very much. He kept saying ‘I want to escape’. So far, I think the routine is bewildering for him. He has this glazed look that says ‘I don’t see why I need to stop what I’m doing’. I think I’ll stay with him for another 1 or 2 days so that he at least knows the routine. The good thing about this whole co-op thing is that I can actually stay with him to help with the transition. It’s kinda tiring though to be following him around for 3 whole hours….

I guess he’s definitely an introvert and I’m kinda worried about whether he’ll make friends. Seeing the extroverts in his class fitting just dandy makes me worried about him. But I guess those children have actually been to preschool before and they are also mostly 1/2 year to 1 year older than him. In fact, if we go by his original due date in January, he won’t even be able to make it into the school yet.

On another note, he has been very cheeky like making a fake hahaha laugh when he saw someone drop her lettuce at the supermarket, and he enjoys catching our mistakes when we read and correcting us. For example, Johnny was very sleep when he read ‘smelly shoes’ in one of the books and called them ‘sneaky shoes’ (it actually says stinky sneakers) and Calvin would say ‘not sneaky shoes, smelly shoes‘ and whenever we read that part, he’ll now make us say the wrong words so he can correct us.

He also likes to get into character and pretend to be one of the cartoon characters. One night, he pretended to be Joey the kangaroo and Johnny was papa kangaroo. He’ll say ‘papa, what are you doing?’ and when J replied ‘yeah, I’m here’, he’ll say ‘Not papa, it’s papa kangaroo’