Jude had an awesome month right up until the end when he had another trip to the ER (which I’ll get to later). He’s been getting to do some many cool things at school, its great to see him flourish.
We were always worried about him not being able to speak Chinese but it hasn’t been an issue and in fact his teachers think he understands a lot of Chinese despite not being able to verbalise it all yet.
Everyday I pick Jude up and ask him what he did at school today and he responds, “just nothing.”
The school posts photos of what the kids do everyday on Facebook so I know he’s not doing ‘just nothing’.
Jude tells me he has lots of friends and he tells me their names (which he makes up probably because the Chinese names are too hard). One older girl has really taken a liking to Jude. He calls her ‘Juice’.
Kate was travelling a lot this month so we spent most of our afternoons hanging out with Jessica. Toby spends most mornings with her too as she’s not yet at school.
In Taiwan, swimming lessons for kids start around 3 years old. Our plan is to sign Jude up after he got settled in at school. I think he is ready now.
When Kate got back from her trip we only had one week with her before she left Taiwan for good.
The day before her last day, I took the boys to play at the 101 fountains.
It was a spur of the moment thing and we didn’t have anything with us – no towels, swimsuits, etc. On the way home, on my bike, Jude’s left foot came out of the foot rest and got wedged into the front wheel of my bike. I thought I was going over a stick and then came the screaming. I jumped off my bike, yanked his foot out, got Toby off the back and hailed a cab to the hospital. His foot was all bloody and misshapen. I thought it had to be broken for sure. I quickly made a call to Luke to meet us at the hospital and then my phone died. Both boys were soaking wet in their undies, wailing and I had nothing to distract them with. We got to the hospital, more screaming and crying as the Doctor cleaned the wound and had him take an x-ray. Miraculously, no breaks but tissue damage which caused his ankle to swell up to the size of a baseball. We grabbed Burger King for the taxi ride home and it turned out to be the best thing ever. Both exhausted boys sat and munched away. Jude had to have his ankle in a splint for 10 days and also had to stay home from school.
Toby of course wanted to be just like Jude so I wrapped his ankle up too.
Toby also helped give Jude sponge baths everynight since he couldn’t get the wound wet.
In addition to loads to TV they had loads of treats. Like frozen yogurt one day for lunch.
We had to carry Jude everywhere at first and then he eventually started crawling or hopping around to keep off his foot.
Here’s what it looked like a few days after the accident.
Of course we had to get out of the house and say goodbye to Kate, so we went over on her last day and had dinner with her and played.
I cried the most when we had to say goodbye. Jude and Toby were just like ‘see ya later’.
The rest of Jude’s week off I tried to keep him busy by baking with me or taking him for walks.
We also had a swimming party that week which must have been like torture for Jude as he couldn’t go in – he just sat on the side watching Toby splash around.
It was a relief when he started walking again and his wound was almost completely healed. He got right back into it.
What a month for Jude. Something I never ever imagined could happen did. It was such a scary moment for me as a parent, but I’m proud that I stayed really calm and quickly went through the steps of what we needed to do. I’m also really proud of Jude, he really was such a trooper and after all that is okay going on the bike again. Obviously, from now on making sure his feet are strapped in tight and that he is wearing shoes.