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Weekly review: Week ending September 14, 2018

Things are starting to feel a little normal again. We’ve been going to the EarlyON learning centre, and A- likes playing with the toys and kids there. I’ve been prioritizing sleep and joining A- for afternoon naps. I managed to do a tiny bit of consulting by sneaking it in whenever I woke up before A- did, although there are still quite a few things on my list. A- still often has tantrums when resisting bedtime or when I refuse to nurse, but W- can usually calm her down. We’ve gotten back into the rhythm of planning the week’s meals and preparing them during the weekend. The mini-vacuum is back, too, so it’s a little easier cleaning the house. I started working on another little project, so we’ll see how that goes.

  • Gross motor
    • A- and I had lots of fun chasing each other around her tower in the kitchen.
    • We’ve been going to a nearby EarlyON centre because A- loves their riding toys. Today she learned how to pedal a tricycle. I helped her figure out how to push with one foot and then the other, lifting the foot she’s not pushing with so that she doesn’t get confused. She’s really looking forward to getting her own pedal bike after she can coast well on her balance bike! (5.1.5 Riding Toys)
  • Language
    • For some reason, A- has been using the excuse “I’m too young to read / fold laundry / …”.
    • A- dramatically collapsed on the floor, saying, “I fall on the harsh floor.” W- and I looked at each other and said, “Harsh?” We laughed at the playful drama.
    • A- took some of the magnetic tiles to a corner away from the other kids, saying she wanted a “quiet area.” (2.2 Self-regulation)
    • A- liked substituting ideas in books. LIttle Excavator became Big Excavator, and Never Follow a Dinosaur became Never Follow an Excavator. She corrected us whenever we used the original words from the books. (4. Cognition)
  • Self-care and independence
    • We went to the ocularist for a checkup. A- was pretty anxious, and often reminded herself about the toy box. The ocularist said she’ll get a new conformer in November. In the meantime, the ocularist polished her conformer, and A- picked a box of crayons from the toy box.
  • Sleep
    • Much resistance to bedtime until I used my stern voice, after which she settled down after 8h of awake time and about 5m additional fussing. She had a big tantrum earlier because of weaning, but W- helped her settle down by pretending to make muffins.
    • A- had a big tantrum resisting bedtime because she wanted a bath. W- calmed her down after lots of snuggling.
  • Social
    • A- played with J- in A-‘s room, shooing other people away by saying, “Private!”
    • A- had a small owie and insisted on W- for comfort. “Mama’s kisses don’t work. Daddy’s kisses do.”
    • We went to the EarlyON centre in a nearby school. A- enjoyed playing with the toys inside and outside the centre. Unlike many centres, it has a nice outdoor space, and the facilitator has done a good job of focusing on loose parts and natural materials.
    • We spent all day at the EarlyON centre. A- liked riding on the riding toys, pushing the dryer drum around, painting, and playing with magnetic tiles.
    • After music class, we went to the EarlyON centre. A- enjoyed listening to the story and playing with riding toys. We spent the afternoon at the park playing with Melissa and H-, whom we met at the EarlyON centre.
    • A- enjoyed music class, walking around to music and playing shakers and bells. She wanted to be carried about half the time. At the end of the class, she gave the teacher a hug.
  • World
    • W- went for a haircut, so A- and I came along and watched the hairstylist work.
  • Us
    • We roasted a duck, marinated chicken adobo, and also prepared pork chops. Yum yum yum.
    • I checked out a nearby daycare. A- enjoyed playing with their toys, but the approach was a bit more academic-focused and less play-based, so we decided to continue keeping A- at home.

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Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 30.8 40.8 10.0 68.5 16.7
Sleep 35.1 39.0 3.9 65.5 6.6
Personal 12.9 11.3 -1.6 19.0 -2.7
Unpaid work 11.7 6.8 -4.9 11.4 -8.2
Discretionary – Productive 2.4 1.1 -1.3 1.8 -2.2
Business 1.4 0.8 -0.6 1.3 -1.0
Discretionary – Play 1.6 0.3 -1.3 0.5 -2.1
Discretionary – Social 1.4 0.0 -1.4 0.0 -2.4
Discretionary – Family 2.8 0.0 -2.8 0.0 -4.6

Weekly review: Week ending September 7, 2018

  • Gross motor
    • A- went up the slide many times. She also slid down the big slides by herself. She liked swinging in the big kid swing, pumping her legs back and forth.
    • A- walked along the ropes of the climbing structure, holding the ropes and my hand for balance.
    • A- liked running up the hill and coming back for a hug whenever I blew the whistle. Sometimes she even ran a little out of sight. She also enjoyed being chased and picked up.
    • A- jumped forward from the pillow and landed on her hands on the bed several times. She loved pouncing.
  • Fine motor
    • A- asked me to make playdough fruits so that she could cut them.
  • Sensory
    • We made up for the indoor days this week with time outside: lots of walks, some reading outside, and plenty of playground time.
  • Language
    • I’ve been telling A- the truth: I’m done with nursing. This morning, she woke up saying, “I’m not done! I’m not done!”
    • A- had fun with opposites, and her pairings amused all of us. She answered us when we asked her what was the opposite of something (“What’s the opposite of light?” “Dark!”) and also posed her own questions. (“What’s the opposite of drink?” “What?” “Stop drinking!”). According to A-, the opposite of playground is JFRC (the drop-in centre), and the opposite of JFRC is library (because the JFRC is in the basement and the library is upstairs). The opposite of put away is play, and the opposite of cat is kitten.
    • Talking about our cats: “Luke is patient. Luke is not scratchy.”
    • A- asked me to read “What Does the Fox Say?” six times in a row. She liked repeating the made-up sounds from the book/song.
    • A- said she did not like my pointy shirt (shirts with collars), so I changed into something else.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- cut up cherries with a butter knife.
  • Eating
    • A- really liked the carrots that I cut into flower shapes.
    • A- really liked the pesto Jen made using penne pasta. She doesn’t like fusilli at the moment, so maybe we’ll try penne at home.
  • Sleep
    • A- kept resisting sleep, but was probably just cold. Eventually I thought of suggesting she wear pajamas. She fussed a little more, and then curled up with me and slept.
    • A- was in the carrier. I suggested that she take a nap, and after a lot of talking, she eventually did.
  • Social
    • We visited Morgan, Cathy, and M-. A- loved playing with marbles and bubbles, and she enjoyed eating the duck wrap.
    • A- reminded me to look both ways when crossing the street, and insisted that I do it again whenever I forgot.
    • A- liked riding in the wagon with E-.
    • A- did not want me to come in for bedtime reading. W- read to her instead.
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended to be Yaya Irene. She cleaned her play area, and then put the chairs upside down on top of the table and pretended to sweep under the table.
    • A- played dentist with Lullaby Lamb as her patient. She also liked being the patient with W- as the dentist chair.
  • Kaizen
    • After I misplaced and found my library card, I decided to finally photocopy the barcode and stick it on my phone case. The library scanner read it fine. Hooray!
  • Us
    • I woke up early and sewed a pair of shorts for myself!
    • I sewed matching shorts for A- too. She liked wearing the same kind of clothes that I was wearing.
    • I hung out with Eric Boyd and chatted about delegation.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 34.3 35.1 0.7 58.9 1.3
A- 43.2 30.8 -12.4 51.8 -20.9
Personal 9.4 12.9 3.5 21.7 5.8
Unpaid work 6.3 11.7 5.4 19.6 9.1
Discretionary – Family 3.0 2.8 -0.2 4.6 -0.3
Discretionary – Productive 1.9 2.4 0.5 4.1 0.9
Discretionary – Play 0.6 1.6 0.9 2.6 1.5
Discretionary – Social 0.3 1.4 1.1 2.4 1.9
Business 1.0 1.4 0.4 2.3 0.7

I managed to do a little consulting when Kathryn Everest came over so that I could help her with Tableau. Also, more time cooking this week, but a bit of negative productivity when I made a mistake that wasted the chicken and vegetables I was cooking. Boo. More practice! Also, I got a bit better at tracking walks separately from childcare, and I managed to have two afternoon naps along with A-.

Next week: ocularist, music classes.

Weekly review: Week ending August 31, 2018

  • Fine motor
    • A- wanted to type on the Bluetooth keyboard. She did a good job of finding various letters. I wonder if it’s time to write her a little Emacs Lisp thing that will give her visual and auditory feedback when she types a letter…
  • Language
    • I received the cookie cutters for numbers and lowercase letters that I ordered from Amazon. A- had fun identifying a few letters and numbers, cutting them out of playdough, and playing with them.
    • At the cardiologist’s office, we were making small talk, asking A- if she thought the cardiologist was short or tall. I said that relative to A-, everyone is tall. A- said, “Except for Mama.”
    • A- can tell me why she likes books. She said, “I like this book because it has chicks in it.”
    • We were at A&W, and A- was happily using a straw to bubble water in a huge mug. I reminded A- that dinosaurs don’t bubble their milk. She interrupted her bubbling to say, “Water!” and kept bubbling away.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- was crawling around when she stumbled and cut her lip. She didn’t ask to nurse, although she was happy to do so when I offered.
    • A- mostly sat still for the ultrasound exam. The cardiologist said that the VSD is pretty insignificant now, although there’s a slight leak in her aortic valve and the muscle bundle continues to grow slowly. We’ll follow up next year.
    • I decided to relax my weaning restrictions because I needed more sleep, so I offered to let A- nurse in bed instead of going to the nursing chair (really a large pillow set against the wall). She refused a few times, insisting on going to the nursing chair.
  • Sleep
    • A- resisted bedtime. She ended up falling asleep on my pillow with the light still on.
    • W- took over childcare in the evening, making it possible for me to have a much-appreciated nap.
  • Emotion
    • A- stomped down the hallway, hangry tantrum in full swing. She stopped at the end of the tape on the floor and did a few squats just like the ladder exercise that W- taught her, and then resumed her tantrum.
    • A- was overtired since she resisted going in the stroller for a nap. I put A- in her room while I put away the groceries and the stroller. She had a major tantrum because of overtiredness and separation anxiety. She gradually shifted from yelling about wanting to turn off the fan herself, to wanting to go downstairs with me, to patting the pillow beside her and yelling at me to lie down with her too and snuggle her tight. I was amused. Once she was okay with being tightly snuggled, she fell asleep.
  • Household
    • I was feeding Neko some wet cat food. I noticed I had reached the end of the can, so I said to myself, “I’m going to need another one of these.” As I scraped the last of the cat food into a bowl, A- fetched another can of cat food and gave it to me, all without being asked.
  • Social
    • A- was greatly amused by the cat-trap that W- made. He dangled his arms down, and then swung Luke up when Luke wandered within reach.
    • I was exhausted. I had stayed up late doing some consulting and planning, and A- had gotten up early and had a long tantrum about weaning. Even our emergency morning nap didn’t let me catch up enough. By mid-afternoon, I was sneezing practically every other minute. It was time for a cat-nap. I let A- play in the living room while I dozed on the couch. She puttered around, read me a book (Piglet and Mama), and then discovered the laundry basket next to the couch. “I’m folding laundry,” she said. She found a washcloth, then asked, “Where’s the water bottle? I want to wet this.” Imagining the possible spills, I suggested that she use the sink instead. I heard her run off to the kitchen, climb into her tower, turn the faucet on and off, and come back. She wiped my face with the damp washcloth. “Wake up, it’s spring!” she said. “You slept all winter.” She had reenacted the scene from Little Brown Bear Won’t Take a Nap, complete with props.
    • A- had fun playing a shushing game. She asked me to make a loud noise, and then put a finger to her lips and hushed me.
  • Pretend
    • We’re slowly moving away from plastic toys, so we made a cardboard kitchen for A-. She had fun cooking an egg on the stovetop and baking a pizza in the oven.
    • A- asked for a pretend microwave. I glued white paper on a cereal box, drew the microwave interface, and cut the door open.
    • I made a cardboard point-of-sale terminal with a coin drawer, a scale, and a slot for pulling out a receipt. A- liked it very much.
    • A- played pretend ultrasound quite a few times, raiding the sticker bin after each exam. She also kept revisiting dental surgery in our drawings and stories.
    • A- liked pushing books through a slot in the coffee table legs, pretending to return them to the library. She also pretended to request one of her favourite books from a librarian.
    • A- was interested in using real cash in the cardboard point-of-sale terminal I made her. W- pretended to buy something with a $20 bill, and she gave back $5 and $10. W- jokingly asked her how much she made, and she said $5. Lucky guess! Anyway, W- made her a bunch of bills out of coloured paper.
  • Kaizen
    • Lots of cooking. I tried out a dinner roll recipe, and it turned out okay.
    • I updated my ledger to reflect my conversion of many of my TD e-series fund units to ETFs.
  • Us
    • David Ing dropped by since he was biking through our neighbourhood. We chatted about retirement, financial planning, kids, and returning to the workforce.
    • Spurred by the prospect of collecting another stamp in my library passport, we visited the Malvern library. I liked the way I could watch the automated book return conveyor belt do its thing, and A- liked the play area.
    • Our medium-haired cat Leia has been having tummy problems, so she’s confined to downstairs until it all gets sorted out.
    • Given my low energy and lack of discretionary time in the middle of weaning, I started thinking about whether this was enough and what I might want to prepare for the next five or so years. I think I’m mostly okay with this being a possible new normal, although I still have much to learn about being in the moment and accepting things.
    • I tossed some salt on a chicken and popped it into the oven to roast. It turned out to be a really easy weekday dinner.
    • After W- rescued us from a mini-breakdown because I was super-tired and I didn’t like the way A- kept pulling up my shirt to try to nurse, I realized I was all done with nursing.
    • W- told me how the mostly-deflated balloon kept following them around unnervingly, perhaps drawn by the convection of air heated by their bodies.

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Time

Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 41.9 43.2 1.3 77.5 2.2
Sleep 36.7 34.3 -2.4 61.5 -4.0
Personal 12.4 9.4 -3.0 16.9 -5.1
Unpaid work 9.3 6.3 -3.0 11.2 -5.1
Discretionary – Family 0.8 3.0 2.2 5.3 3.7
Discretionary – Productive 5.0 1.9 -3.1 3.4 -5.2
Business 0.7 1.0 0.3 1.7 0.5
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.6 0.6 1.2 1.1
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.5

Weaning is still disrupting our routines. I think we’re slowly making progress, though.

Weekly review: Week ending August 24, 2018

  • Gross motor
    • W- taught A- how to do the wheelbarrow exercise.
    • A- practised riding her balance bike down the slope. She can’t coast yet, but she’s starting to be able to manage a little more speed.
  • Fine motor
    • A- was interested in making paper chains. W- showed her how to do it because she asked to make daisy chains after reading Piglet and Mama.
    • A- had fun closing one eye.
  • Language
    • A- could name the opposite of something even without the matching card from the Opposites game.
  • Art
    • A- sometimes tries to draw letters, and she actually does a pretty good job at some of them: M, L, J… One time I couldn’t figure out what she was doing. She scribbled circles and said something that I couldn’t quite figure out: F? S? After several repetitions, rephrasings, and lots of “Mama no understand!”s, I connected the dots with her previously pretending being Ramon from the “Ish” book. She was telling me she drew “ish.” When I finally understood, she lit up and started drawing more “-ish”es.
  • Self-care and independence
    • We were able to skip the long nursing session in the morning.
    • A- let me snuggle her to bed. She insisted on being in my arms and being sung to. She was overtired and didn’t brush after bedtime milk, so I’m going to switch to offering water instead.
  • Sleep
    • A- didn’t want to nap in bed, but I was super-sleepy. W- took her for a walk in the stroller while I napped. He said that she quickly went to sleep once in the stroller. I don’t mind using the stroller as a nap crutch for the next little while, at least until we get weaning sorted out.
    • Day 3 of taking A- out for a stroller nap in the middle of the afternoon. She consistently falls asleep quickly and stays asleep for a few hours. It’s a lot more pleasant than trying to keep her from pulling at my clothes when she’s in the carrier, and I don’t mind walking to the grocery store for one or two things. I still don’t feel comfortable getting a nap while she’s out in the backyard. I’ve been able to wash dishes and catch up on my journal, though, so that’s a start. I’m just going to have to figure out how to continue this as the weather cools down, and how to adjust when she stops napping. In the meantime, this is good.
    • A- was very upset. Weaning was tough, she wasn’t keen on bedtime, and she definitely didn’t want to be left alone for a few minutes while I got something from downstairs. I couldn’t nurse her into calmness because I was trying not to stay dependent on weaning, so I just stayed close, listened, and offered to rock her or hug her. She eventually fell asleep amidst bursts of crying.
  • Household
    • W- got home late. A- insisted on spending all evening with him. W- handled the whole bedtime routine while I did some paperwork for my mom and tidied up. A- and I have also been experimenting with delaying nursing, so we’ll see how that goes.
  • Social
    • A- wanted to go out for a walk, so we visited Joy and J- at their place. We read lots of books. They also liked playing with blocks, riding toys, and balloons.
    • On the way home from the playground, we ran into Joy and J-, so we invited them over. J- and A- snacked on grapes, proved with watercolours, and played music. A- let J- turn the moon light on and off, but she got possessive when J- tried turning on the cloud light or touching her pet sheep, so we wrapped up and shared some buns and muffins with them. Good socialization practice!
    • A- was very amused by the “Disappearing A-” magic trick. She and W- stood together, then W- held a big towel in front of both of them. I wondered out loud where A- was. W- counted down while shepherding her behind him, then dropped the towel. I marvelled loudly at A-‘s disappearance, ignoring the loud giggling behind W-‘s legs.
    • A- wanted to stay up. I was really tired, so I lay down and closed my eyes on our floor bed while she played. She was doing all right, and then wham! She accidentally rolled into me and hit my lip pretty hard. I teared up because it hurt a lot, and I put pressure on it to stop the bleeding. A- was pretty concerned. “What are Mama’s tires (tears) doing?” I explained that I had an owie and that the tears meant that it hurt, but that I would feel better soon and that I still loved her. She took my phone and pretended to show me videos, since she likes watching videos of herself and she thought I might like to see videos too. My lip hurt too much for me to read her a book, so she read Little Excavator out loud all by herself. I closed my eyes again, this time shielding my face with my hands. I heard her playing some more, and then she exclaimed, “Yay!” She had successfully diapered her stuffed sheep. “Would Mama like Sheep?” she asked. So I snuggled with Sheep for a bit while she played. She also tried nursing for reassurance, but I had to say no to that and to gently prevent her from pulling my clothes. I offered to cuddle her instead, but she was still too active and I was worried about getting hit again. Eventually she settled in, saying in a small voice, “I want Mama, Mama, Mama, I want Mama,” and we both drifted off.
  • Pretend
    • A- did the motions and sounds that she remembered from watching the video of her sticking her tongue out when she was an infant. It’s fun watching her reenact things with surprising attention to detail.
    • A- pretended that we were related to the pediatrician.
  • Kaizen
    • We were able to go on a family bike trip, yay! W- and I biked up to Walmart, and I brought A- in the trailer.
    • A-‘s been fascinated with letters and numbers recently, so I asked her if she wanted me to look into replacing the elephant decals on her walls with letters and numbers. She immediately jumped on the idea. I explained that I still needed to look for something we liked, order it, wait for it to be delivered… She would not be dissuaded. “Replace elephants! Replace elephants!” W- moved the elephants up, wrote a few large letters and numbers on pieces of paper, and taped them up on the walls. We’ll see how this goes.
    • W- took care of A- while I rebalanced my portfolio in my registered accounts, converting a large portion of my TD e-series into ETFs. It was a little nerve-wracking to make sure I got all the numbers right, but I think it’s okay now. I’ll probably keep the nonregistered account as e-series for now so that I don’t have to worry about paperwork or capital gains tradeoffs.
    • W- got our land line converted to a dry loop for DSL. I should probably memorize my other number for messages.
  • Us
    • I submitted a special power of attorney to the Philippine Consulate General for notarization and authentication. It turned out that the fee was CAD 33.75 per copy, so I submitted one set instead of the four or seven I’d originally planned. I’ll wait for the lawyers to tell me if we need more before I put the package together for mailing. If they can get by with one original, that’s great. If not, it’s just another field trip with A-. There’s a community centre next to the consulate and a library close by, so maybe we’ll just go there directly instead of going to the Ontario Science Centre first.
  • Oops
    • I learned the hard way that you shouldn’t freeze and thaw an unopened bottle of olive oil, even if you had somehow survived freezing and thawing partially full bottles of olive oil before. Actually, we go through a bottle of olive oil quickly enough that I should probably leave it in the pantry instead of worrying about whether it will go rancid.

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Sketches

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 43.6 39.3 -4.3 66.0 -7.2
Sleep 30.9 34.4 3.4 57.7 5.8
Personal 7.1 11.7 4.5 19.6 7.6
Unpaid work 6.0 8.7 2.7 14.6 4.5
Discretionary – Productive 2.6 4.6 2.1 7.8 3.5
Discretionary – Family 2.3 0.7 -1.6 1.2 -2.7
Business 0.3 0.6 0.4 1.1 0.7
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Social 7.2 0.0 -7.2 0.0 -12.1

We continue to work on weaning, so even though my time records say I spent more hours in bed, it took more effort to help A- settle down throughout the night since I couldn’t just nurse her back to sleep. She also strongly preferred spending time with W- whenever he was available, so W- took over the bedtime routine while I did more chores and cooking. I did some more writing during A-‘s stroller naps, but I haven’t figured out how to fit consulting and other discretionary activities back in my life. Maybe after we figure out weaning and our sleep settles down again…

Weekly review: Week ending August 17, 2018

  • Gross motor
    • W- taught A- how to do the running man exercise. She liked doing it on her own, too, and she liked telling me to do it with her.
  • Fine motor
    • A- was interested in building with LEGO instead of Duplo. She disassembled the yellow box and tried putting it back together. She managed to put a few blocks in properly before wandering off.
  • Sensory
    • A- wanted to bring her backpack on our outing. I used my carabiner to clip it to my bag, which I tucked into J-‘s stroller. When A- wanted to wear it, I unclipped it, but left the carabiner on. My keys jangled as A- ran. I asked her to stop so that I could unhook the carabiner. After a few steps, she stopped and said, “I want my keys.” When I clipped them back on, she went back to running happily and noisily.
  • Self-care and independence
    • At A-‘s 30-month checkup, she measured 88 cm and 10.3 kg.
    • A- didn’t want me to brush her teeth, but was okay with W- brushing them. Also, she was okay with hanging out in the bathroom while I showered. Progress!
    • We’ve been working on weaning. Counting down or setting a timer stresses A- out. (“I want to nurse without limits. No counting! No timer!”) But if we talk about having a quick nurse, she delights in having a really really quick one. (“So fast!”)
  • Household
    • We went to Sweet Potato for some groceries because A- loves pushing the little cart around. She made a beeline for the nectarines and put one in her mouth while I was picking a watermelon. I added that nectarine to our cart and redirected her to the real bin with free fruit for kids. She walked around munching an apple while pushing the cart. Then she asked me for water. I forgot to bring our water bottle, so I told her we might need to wait until we got home. A employee overheard us and got us a cup of water, so we thanked her for her thoughtfulness and carried on shopping. A- didn’t like the 6% yogurt I got, but she liked the new carton of milk because it has a cap instead of a cardboard spout.
    • A large fly was buzzing around at home, so W- sprayed it until it was easy to catch. He wadded it up in tissue. A- had wanted to help, so he gave her the wad and a spray bottle. W- said he felt like a cat teaching a kitten how to hunt. A- happily sprayed it some more, saying “Sorry, sorry,” as she did so.
  • Social
    • A- and I had a fun video chat with Lola.
    • We went to the Horse Palace with Joy and J-. J- got a bit overstimulated, so after a quick tour, we went to a playground instead.
    • When I peeked into the room, A- saw me and started hopping up and down. “Private Daddy time!” she said. “Mama go somewhere else.”
    • A- pouted after W- carried her upstairs. She kept pouting for quite a few minutes. It was a hilariously exaggerated frown.
    • I was sleepy, so I decided to have a catnap on the couch while A- played in her play area. A- helpfully brought over a cushion for my head. Then she helpfully brought over a recorder and said, “I play music,” which I found funny. Fortunately, I wasn’t desperately sleepy. I had enough energy to cover the finger holes and help her experiment with modulating her breath, and to play the other recorder she brought me.
  • Pretend
    • A- asked for pretend ice cream (yogurt). She wanted it in a pretend waffle bowl, so I put it in a cereal bowl. That wasn’t enough, but wrapping my hands around the cereal bowl made it pass muster.
  • Us
    • I made dashi stock from kombu and bonito flakes, and then turned that into miso soup and furikake.
  • Sleep
    • We successfully read to sleep instead of nursing.
    • A- wanted W- to carry her into the house. She was sleepy, so W- practised putting A- to bed. Success!
    • A- was overtired, but she still wanted to stay up. W- and I were firm about us going to bed. A- said, “I want to hang out with the cats.”

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Focus areas and time review

  • A- (Childcare) (73.2h – 43% of total)
  • Business (0.4h – 0%)
    • Earn (0.4h – 100% of Business)
  • Relationships (16.0h – 9%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (4.4h – 2%)
    • Drawing (1.0h)
    • Emacs (1.1h)
    • Sewing (0.6h)
  • Discretionary – Play (0.0h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (12.0h – 7%)
  • Unpaid work (10.1h – 6%)
  • Sleep (52.0h – 30% – average of 7.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending August 10, 2018

  • Field trip
    • We went to the Horse Palace and caught the show. A- liked pretending to be a farmer (milking a pretend cow, collecting pretend eggs, etc.), riding a mechanical horse, riding a small cart, riding a small motorized tractor, and watching the show. She decided to skip the pony ride.
  • Gross motor
    • A- got the hang of doing forward rolls and did them all over the mattress.
  • Language
    • “I don’t like Mama’s friends. I like my own friends. I like E-.”
    • “I don’t know that word. The water word,” A- said, referring to the word “gulp” from a book we had read earlier that afternoon.
    • “‘Let me go first,’ said the train. ‘Let me go last,’ said the train.” I’m not sure where that came from, but it was interesting to hear her make up a pair of quotes.
    • Talking about thoughts: “I thought about the cart.”
  • Music
    • A- asked me to sing “Drink Up Me Hearties” while she nursed.
  • Art
    • A- made a book by gluing felt pieces to paper. She called it her colouring book.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- went upstairs to get her own clothes all by herself. She came down with a shirt and two pairs of pants. Turned out she wanted to wear one pair of pants as a hat.
    • A- wanted to learn how to tie my shoelaces. I managed to help her through one bow.
    • I’m working on going to sleep more predictably, although I’m okay with A- staying up a little if she wants to. This week, I introduced a musical signal for when I’m going to sleep, which might become a good alternative cue since we’re also working on night weaning.
  • Emotion
    • A- was upset because I set limits on nursing. After lots of crying, she said, “I want Sheep to hold.” She fell asleep snuggling Sheep while I snuggled her.
  • Social
    • A- looked at her shoes on the new shelf, decided the new shelf was all hers, and moved our extra shoes off the shelf.
    • I reminded A- that she needed to be quiet in W-‘s room. She said, “I’m being quiet,” and then proceeded to sing “Eh soom boo kawaya” in a whisper.
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended to be the neighbour’s dog. She liked fetching a small ball.
    • A- wanted to copy the way the Cat in the Hat held his hands. She asked me to teach her. After I arranged her fingers, she smiled the way she thought the cat smiled.
    • A- roleplayed as Yousria from the drop-in centre. She asked W- to knock on the pretend door, and then she opened it and welcomed him in. She also roleplayed checking into a hotel, getting the room key, and putting the room key into a slot by the door.
    • A- pretended to play a tug-of-war with an imaginary carrot, roleplaying the scene from “Warning! Do Not Touch!”.
    • A- reenacted scenes from the Curious George book. She liked pretending to be caught in a hat or blown away with balloons. She also liked pretending to go to the zoo and distribute balloons.
    • Yay, nature class is starting to influence play. A- wanted to make a nest out of a blanket. She pretended to sleep on invisible eggs.
  • Cognition
    • W- found the Opposites game in my stash. A- matched up cards with a little help. I think she mostly went by picture similarity, but she was also able to complete pairs if we labeled them verbally and gave her choices.
    • A- wanted to play with the opposites puzzle. She matched up three sets of five pairs.
  • World
    • We followed a garbage truck up the street. A- liked watching the arms shake out the contents of the bins, and she also liked waving at the worker.
    • The nature class focused on trees. We looked at woodpecker holes, used forest matter to make nests, and sniffed a sassafras leaf.
  • Kaizen
    • W- fixed his glasses and I started patching my carrier.
    • We tidied up the front shelf and added an extra level. W- prototyped a shallow divider to keep the backpacks upright.
  • Us
    • I reviewed the past year.

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Focus areas and time review

  • A- (Childcare) (70.8h – 42% of total)
  • Business (0.4h – 0%)
    • Build (0.4h – 100% of Business)
  • Relationships (2.5h – 1%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (8.1h – 4%)
    • Drawing (2.5h)
    • Emacs (0.2h)
    • Sewing (1.0h)
    • Writing (3.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (1.1h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (12.3h – 7%)
  • Unpaid work (18.7h – 11%)
  • Sleep (54.2h – 32% – average of 7.7 per day)