Thursday, March 31, 2011

Aidan's first shadow day

Yesterday, Aidan had his first "shadow" day at school.  What they do at AISK for future or potential students is to allow them to shadow their class for a day so they can see what it's like and, for the little ones, get used to it.  Since Aidan hasn't been in a school setting before, we're doing it slowly.  Yesterday, I went in with him for an hour while Ms. Edwards did calendar math with the kids and then they had time to play at their learning centres.  Aidan was very shy and didn't want to say anything during the lesson but he took it all in.  When it came to playing at the centres, he was good.  He chose to work with the Play Doh and he was very happy doing that.  He did it on his own, without me being anywhere near him, and he was sad to leave.

While the lesson was happening, Aidan wanted to get up and move around.  I told him that he had to stay sitting down and he asked, "Why?"  I explained that Ms. Edwards was teaching a lesson and that she had asked everyone to sit nicely.  He sat back down but wasn't entirely pleased with that.  That's the adjustment that will be the toughest for him, I think.  He's used to being at home and playing with what he likes, when he likes.  He'll be fine but it'll take a little bit for him to get used to it.

We go back on Friday morning for a little longer.  Not sure if I'll be sitting in or not - I'll have to talk with his teacher to see what she thinks.  But I think he'll have a great time at school!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sick kiddos

First of all, as a follow-up to the "No Ting" post, I'm happy to report that we've found it once again.  Phew!  ;)

Kirsi and Aidan have been sick with colds for a long time.  It's been about six weeks since they got the first cold and they've had two more since.  Then on Thursday, Kirsi came down with a fever and then vomited later that afternoon.  The next morning she woke up with a bit of gunk in her eyes but it went away as the morning went on so we let it be.  Then, around supper time, her fever came back with a vengeance and the gunk was back.  :(  Too late to go to the doctor (and not serious enough to go to the ER) so we continued with the Tylenol and cleaned out her eyes.  Saturday morning, we headed to a walk-in clinic for both kids, as Aidan has a cough that isn't going away and it doesn't sound good.  So, Kirsi got the medicated drops for her eyes and Aidan got amoxicillin and a prescription for conjunctivitis in case he gets it.  Last night, Kirsi had another wild fever so more Tylenol.  And Aidan woke up sobbing that his ear was sore.  So, after an hour of trying everything, we gave him some Advil for kids and hoped it would help.  He did sleep the rest of the night, thank goodness.  They both woke up in good spirits but by noon, Aidan was starting to get gunk in his eyes.  So, off to the pharmacy I went.

They've got lots of meds to take now but hopefully they'll be on the mend.  Being sick is lousy!

Phuket - Be Nice or Get Out

The second part of our December break was spent in a little AirBnB 3m from the beach in Phuket, Thailand. The majority of our time was spe...