Weekly review: Week ending November 16, 2018

Lots of teething-related disruption this week, but still pretty good. I actually managed to do some consulting this week, hooray! Lots of social time, too. I’ve been working on building my own social links too, since one of the ways A- learns about friendship and interaction is by watching us grown-ups.

  • Us
    • We actually managed to stay up late and watch a DVD.
  • Gross motor
    • When she woke up from her nap, A- really, really wanted to go to the organic food store. Even though we were already home, we dressed up in our winter gear and she walked all the way to the store. I ended up carrying her all the way home, but I expected that.
    • A- was playing on the carpet at the drop-in centre. She stretched out into a downward dog pose. The family support worker took that as an opportunity to call the other kids’ attention and encourage them to try doing a downward dog too, modeling the pose herself. A- grinned, stood up, and shifted into a very wobbly but still recognizable tree pose. The other grown-ups laughed. A- went through a few other poses that she remembered from the Yoga Kids book.
  • Sensory
    • First big snowfall. A- loved playing on the snow, so I dressed warmly and helped make tiny snowmen.
  • Music
    • Another parent brought a violin to music class and played a piece for us.
  • Self-care and independence
    • We went to Value Village to get some second-hand winter clothes for A-. Slim pickings, so I might buy things new. She likes the bathrobe I got her, though.
  • Eating
    • A- and I enjoyed an almond croissant from the cafe outside music class.
  • Sleep
    • A- had an overtired tantrum because she resisted my suggestions for helping her sleep. She ended up falling asleep on the floor under a shelf.
  • Emotion
    • A- was extra cranky in the morning. Maybe it was a combination of teething, tiredness, hunger, and separation. The poor dear!
    • A- got overtired and had a big tantrum. She was also teething and hungry, and settled down after a snack of frozen blueberries and crunchy crackers.
  • Social
    • We invited Jen, Ewan, and E- for a simple Sunday pasta dinner. A- was so excited, she had a time waiting all day, and she was hopping up and down with energy when they came. They made bread pudding, and it was yummy. Lots of fun!
    • A- was so disappointed that she woke up too late to go to the drop-in centre, so I looked around for another program that was open late on Monday afternoons. We went to More Than Child’s Play. It was a bigger space with better facilities (a slide with a playhouse, a dishwasher so we could use actual saucers for snack, etc.), but the atmosphere didn’t feel as calm as our usual drop-in centre. Hmm…
    • A- was happily practising on her balance bike all around the schoolyard. One of the other kids wanted to borrow her bike, but she stood firm. When I checked on A- because she was frozen in place, A- told me she didn’t want to be touched and she didn’t want her bike to be touched. I reassured her that she didn’t have to, and the other mom talked to her kid too. She was a little preoccupied with it on the way home.
    • We visited Popo after music class. A- had lots of fun bouncing balls, rearranging magnets, and playing with letters.
  • Pretend
    • A- corrected herself several times as she remembered which name she was using at the moment.
  • Thoughts
    • Quick thoughts on how parenting is really good Stoic training: deo volente, amor fati, premeditatio malorum, focusing on things I can control, separating things from my perception of things.

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Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 45.6 44.3 -1.3 73.9 -2.2
Sleep 28.5 29.4 0.9 49.1 1.5
Unpaid work 6.7 6.9 0.2 11.5 0.3
Personal 7.8 6.8 -1.0 11.3 -1.7
Discretionary – Play 5.6 5.9 0.3 9.8 0.5
Discretionary – Productive 5.2 2.2 -2.9 3.7 -4.9
Business 0.0 2.0 2.0 3.4 3.4
Discretionary – Social 0.0 1.5 1.5 2.5 2.5
Discretionary – Family 0.7 1.1 0.3 1.8 0.6