Weekly review: Week ending September 28, 2018

  • Gross motor
    • A- rode her balance bike down to the playground, controlling the speed with her feet. She lost control midway down and had a small spill. I helped her back on the bike and she rode it down some more, a little more cautiously this time. (5.1.1 Balance)
    • A- figured out how to put her feet on the foot rests of her balance bike. (5.1.1 Balance)
  • Fine motor
    • A- practised using chopsticks to eat fish cake and noodles. She also used chopsticks to pick up a piece of shredded duck.
  • Language
    • A- read several books to herself. It was awesome.
    • A- was pretending to be M-. She asked me to paint his name on the easel pad in orange. She traced over it in brown paint, identifying each letter that she painted. We filled half a dozen sheets this way.
    • A- was curious about J-‘s room. She peeked in and said, “We should clean it up. It’s messy.”
    • “I use my loud voice to get attention.”
  • Art
    • A- enthusiastically walked to the art supply store. We bought four large bottles of tempera paint: orange, purple, blue, and brown. At home, I used Mason jars to set out orange, purple, and blue. This worked out much better than letting her squeeze the paint onto paper, and she accepted it probably because it’s the same process at “school.” The combination of colours reminded me of sunsets.
  • Sleep
    • A- was resisting sleep so much because she was overtired. W- and I both reached our limits, so he unplugged the lights.
    • A- resisted bedtime. W- checked in, helped her calm down by pretending to make banana muffins in bed, dressed her, and tucked her in. After he left, she fussed for about 5 minutes and then fell asleep. She had been awake for about 8 hours.
  • Household
    • A- turned the lights on and off by tapping the light switch with a roller.
  • Social
    • We made it to school after music class. A- played with the riding toys and the tunnel a little bit more. Another kid was having a hard time leaving, so Lesley tried asking her about the car they came in. Eventually singing worked: If You’re Happy And You Know It, Stomp Your Feet.
  • Pretend
    • We reenacted the put away video.
  • World
    • After seeing me get a book that I requested, A- wanted her own book from the shelf with elastics.
    • We followed the garbage truck around. The workers showed A- how the compactor worked.
  • Kaizen
    • W- and I talked about workloads and our coping plans when we’re both under heavy loads.
    • Instead of napping while A- napped, I tidied up, took out the litter, and mopped the kitchen floor. I still had the energy to help A- with bedtime. Rest might have helped with my cold more, but I didn’t feel sleepy, so it was good to get things done instead.
    • I used vinegar to clean the bathroom faucet. We should probably keep a spray bottle of vinegar solution in the bathroom….
    • I checked references for someone who might be able to help me. There were some concerns about punctuality and communication, so I’ll need to see if that’s less relevant for me or if I’d rather hold out for another candidate.
    • W- got into a staring contest with Leia just as she was about to poop on the floor, so she pooped in the litter box instead. I put a pictures and drawing of eyes to see whether that psychological experiment works on cats too.
    • I organized A-‘s drawers, putting away warm-weather clothes and bringing out cool-weather ones.
    • I moved the dust pan behind the bathroom trash can so that I can clean the bathroom while waiting for A-.
    • I experimented with using voice dictation to do my journal entries.
    • I experimented with putting a movie on my phone. It looks like I might be able to watch things in 5 minute increments.
  • Us
    • A- is getting better at waiting patiently when I want to do something. I set up a vet appointment for Leia, got Leia’s vet records and sent them along with my personal notes, called the pharmacy, and wrote down my thoughts.
    • I talked to W- about finding it hard to get outside help because I’m not sure what I want.

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Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 40.8 44.6 3.8 75.0 6.5
Unpaid work 7.5 8.8 1.3 14.8 2.2
Discretionary – Family 0.0 0.8 0.8 1.4 1.4
Discretionary – Play 0.3 0.9 0.6 1.5 1.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Business 1.1 0.5 -0.6 0.8 -1.0
Discretionary – Productive 1.9 1.2 -0.7 2.0 -1.2
Sleep 39.4 37.3 -2.1 62.7 -3.5
Personal 9.1 5.8 -3.3 9.8 -5.5