First Day of Pre-K and Soccer Practice

Our son woke up really early today. My wife was cooking breakfast and I was drinking coffee this morning at 7:30 am. Then our son stepped out of the room and we heard a loud “good morning!” followed by a hug. (Yes, that is really very early for him.)

He was excited for the first day of his Pre-K! I can’t believe how time flies. Summer is over for him and he goes to his class now.

That lunch box is deep.

Before eating breakfast, my wife had another practice session with Coco about opening, unpacking, and repacking his lunch box. The new lunch box case, carrier, or whatever you call it, can carry more, but is also a bit heavier. It’s also more difficult to open. Hence, the need for the practice session.

After breakfast, we helped him prepare, and after an hour, we were ready to go! At least my wife and I were ready to go. In between toothbrushing and putting on his shoes, he found the remote, turned the TV on and found YouTube! Then we had to convince him to turn it off, otherwise, he might miss class.

Coco loves that Lightning McQueen bag.

Thankfully, he turned it off, and off we went.

Shy Guy…

During the summer, he went through what I call a “SHY phase.” He’s not as sociable as he used to be and he would just be shy around people. He probably missed the socialization with classmates, friends, and teachers in the school. So he’s really looking forward to school again.

When he met his teacher, he had that shy look again in his face. Hopefully, as the school year moves along, he’ll adjust well and be sociable again. It also helps that one of his former classmates last year will be in his class.

First Day of Soccer Practice, too!

Today was the first day of soccer practice, too. We went to the Heartland Park, where the Nashville Youth Soccer Association has practices and games. We met his Coach and his teammates. He also got to show off some of the skills he got from last Spring’s games.

Last Spring, when he enrolled him for soccer, he just loved the practice sessions. But every game day, he would just kick the ball once and refuse to follow and kick it to the goal. Only in the last quarter of his last game did he really show up, block another kid’s attempt to score, then kicked it and dribbled all the way to score a goal!!!

That was only his second goal during the whole season! But it was totally worth it! Just to see the pride in his eyes and his running form. It was awesome!

We’ll see how it goes this season.

As parents it is very difficult to resist the urge to be competitive and urge our son to be a good, competitive player. But we reminded him to enjoy the game and have fun. We could use that advice, too!

We’re just glad that he has several opportunities to grow his physical and mental abilities, and make friends in the process.

 

 

Along Came a Child…

It was an ordinary July (2012) week for me and my wife. Except that her period was delayed for two days. I didn’t want to hope too much because by that time, we had been waiting and praying for a baby to come along.

On the third day, we finally got a Pregnancy test kit and it came back with two lines! Positive! We were pregnant!

I couldn’t contain my joy and happiness. I was going to be a father. My heart swelled! I couldn’t believe how much love I was feeling–for my wife and our soon-to-be-born child. Continue reading

Surviving Our Son’s Stomach Bug Woes

On the third Sunday of March, after our son’s fever, he had what seemed like diarrhea. But it didn’t progress beyond the day, so we weren’t worried at all. On Monday, we even went out for a nice walk at the lake.

But the next morning, after he went to school, I got a call from one of the staff at his preschool. She told me that we needed to pick him up and bring him home. He had been to the restroom twice within 2 hours! I thought “that can’t be good.”

A Trip to the ER

Thankfully, within 30 minutes, my wife picked him up and got him settled at home. I stayed at work and just went through my day just like any normal day at the office. But when I got home that afternoon, he couldn’t keep anything down. He was vomiting and his diarrhea showed no signs of letting up. By 7:45 p.m. after several times of vomiting, we decided to bring him to the E.R.

They did some tests. The medical technologist at the triage said that our son probably had flu since that was the main thing that people complained about. We got more worried, thanks to that well-meaning (or maybe not) medical guy. Continue reading

“You’re a good dad, Tatay”

It’s amazing how perceptive kids are. Their questions and insights can sometimes be so profound you just become speechless.

One time Coco and I went to the library to return some books and borrow new ones. I was listening to an audiobook for fathers. When I was pulling out of the library to turn into another street, the audiobook mentioned some tips on being a good father.

From the back of the car, Coco said: “you’re a good dad, Tatay.” I was taken aback. Of course I felt flattered. And I just asked him about the things he loves doing with me. He mentioned the rough play we usually do, the times that we color the images on his coloring books, the way we play cars and other toys.

My work requires me to travel quite a bit and on those times, I terribly miss my wife and my son. I especially miss those moments that my son asks questions and talks with me, and surprises me with affectionate, profound words.