2016-06-13 Emacs News

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Weekly review: Week ending June 10, 2016

It’s interesting how the time averages out, even though the days are so fluid. I used my ~2h/day of discretionary time for reconnecting with former work colleagues, helping friends by watching their newborn, adding a new category to my tracker and visualizer, sewing a backup changing pad, and drawing in my journal.

Thrush reappeared a few days after the pediatrician gave us the all-clear, so we’re doing another round of Nystatin. If that doesn’t work, it’s back to the doctor.

W- was curious about early potty introduction, so we’re giving that a part-time try by offering the potty after A- wakes up from naps, if she’s calm. Sometimes it works well. Neat!

A little shorter on sleep this week, but still okay. W-‘s been working hard so that he can deliver a good chunk of work before going on parental leave. Looking forward to investing time into improving the house and streamlining our routines to make the coming years easier.

2016-06-13a Week ending 2016-06-10 -- index card #journal #weekly output

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  • Business (4.0h – 2%)
    • Earn (4.0h – 100% of Business)
  • Relationships (3.5h – 2%)
    • ☑ Update Dr. Roth
    • ☑ Call cardiologist to reschedule
    • ☑ Take A- for follow-up blood test
    • ☑ Buy Nystatin and shampoo for cradle cap
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.5h – 8%)
    • Emacs (0.4h – 0% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
    • Coding (2.1h – 1% of all)
      • ☑ Add month weight for age
      • ☑ Add potty to tracker and visualization
    • Sewing (0.9h)
      • ☑ Consider buying PUL and Zorb
    • Writing (1.9h)
    • ☑ Line up some reading on the tablet for when A- is waking up
    • ☑ Look for more books about parenting
    • ☑ Reconsider TFSA investments – move to bonds
    • ☑ Sketch thoughts re watching E
  • Discretionary – Play (0.0h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (19.4h – 11%)
  • Unpaid work (71.8h – 42%)
    • Childcare (55.0h – 32% of total)
  • Sleep (55.8h – 33% – average of 8.0 per day)

Monthly review: May 2016

A- has gotten a lot more interactive. She coos and smiles often, yay! She’s also starting to grasp things and put them in her mouth, and is developing a personality. My first Mother’s Day was an excellent opportunity to reflect on the things I’ve been learning so far. It’s been a surprisingly good adventure, and rumour has it that it will get even better.

This month I was mostly preoccupied with A-‘s slow weight gain, but things are starting to settle down. The tests are coming back normal, so maybe she’s really just a small baby. We’re treating thrush in her mouth, and I’m counting my lucky stars that it hasn’t been passed to me yet. I built a weight visualization chart so that I could easily see the weight trends based on the locations at which the measurements were taken, and I started tracking more details in terms of diaper and nursing.

Ching came over for A-‘s 100-day celebration with W-‘s family, yay! She brought a GoPro as a gift from my family, and we’ve been taking short videos. It’s fun to see A- gradually developing skills.

On my consulting gig, I finally got around to trying add-on development. Progress is slow, but progress is progress. =)

A little bit of sewing for A-: a reversible bonnet (that matches two of my blouses, fun!), a party dress out of red silk brocade, and a zippered pouch to hold a few diapers and wipes.

Next month: Medical stuff – A- is going under anaesthesia so that the ocularist can make an impression of her eye socket, for making custom-fit conformers. W- is going on parental leave starting June 20, too. Much happening!

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2016-06-06 Emacs News

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Weekly review: Week ending June 3, 2016

A-‘s weight gain improved this week, hooray! 24g/day based on her measurements at the pediatrician (within the expected 20-30g/day range) and a slightly more sedate 16g/day based on the breastfeeding clinic’s measurements. It’s probably still too early to relax, but this is promising. Pretty normal results from genetics and hematology, too. Thrush seemed to be clear on Friday, but I saw two new white spots today, so we might see the pediatrician again for another look. Skating along between the 5th and 3rd percentile curves…

I managed to put together a short presentation on tracking baby-data for the Quantified Self Toronto meetup on June 1. I shared my experience wrapping a custom interface around the Baby Connect website so that I could track nursing and diaper changes despite being sleepy and easily distracted.

It’s been a good week for gardening. W- picked up three bags of composted sheep manure and two bags of black mulch. I planted the bitter melon seedlings that his mother gave us, and some Thai basil I bought on the way back from the breastfeeding clinic.

Barbecue season, too. I made chicken souvlaki to use some of the oregano that’s totally taking over one of the garden boxes, and there’s still more oregano for the picking. Continuing with the theme, I made Greek salad too. Mmm.

A- is getting better at grasping soft objects and manipulating things so that she can get them into her mouth. The crinkly book that Morgan and Cathy gave us is her new favourite. I should make more crinkly things, too! A- has also been blowing spitbubbles and flapping her lips at us. More interactivity, yay. She’s a little bit fussier than she was last week, but that’s normal.

I’ve been drawing late at night, after A- is in bed. This lets me keep my daily journal in greater detail, while the thoughts are fresh, and gives me more opportunities to learn and follow up. I’m going through lots of board books to get a sense of what I like, and I’m getting additional observation+drawing practice by copying drawings from the books. Multi-purpose!

I’ve been up a little earlier, too, since I can squeeze in a little coding or reading while waiting for A- to wake up. Starting to get the hang of what I can save for when she’s calm or playing with her book. Laundry and tidying up work well – easy to interrupt, and I can talk while doing things.

This week: See if I need to take A- to the pediatrician again, continue tracking weight and focusing on feeding, help Jen, and have pre-op anaesthesia nursing call.

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (4.7h – 2%)
    • Earn (3.6h – 76% of Business)
    • Build (0.2h – 3% of Business)
    • Connect (0.9h – 19% of Business)
  • Relationships (4.5h – 2%)
    • ☑ Make quick presentation for Quantified Self
    • ☑ Go to Quantified Self meetup for June 2016
  • Discretionary – Productive (12.0h – 7%)
    • Emacs (0.7h)
    • Coding (0.1h)
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • Writing (1.6h)
  • Discretionary – Play (1.1h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (23.0h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (66.3h – 39%)
    • Childcare (51.2h – 30% of total)
  • Sleep (56.3h – 33% – average of 8.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending May 27, 2016

This week was a busy one. We celebrated A-‘s 100-day party at a Chinese restaurant with W-‘s family and with Ching, who flew in from California to come and hang out with us.

I sewed a party dress for A- . It was my first time working with silk brocade, which kept unravelling at the edges but managed to stay together long enough for me to sew the elastic casings and the hems. Level up!

My family gave us a GoPro, and I’ve been using that to record short videos that I post to the closed group on Facebook for baby-related updates. I’ve got a backlog of videos because I haven’t had the time to review anything beyond a minute or so, which is why short videos work out better for us. Better to keep capturing, though. Storage is cheap, and there’ll be opportunities to review things later.

Speaking of time – I continue to be preoccupied with childcare, but that’s okay. I took A- to a lactation consultant who suggested some ways we could try to improve her latch, and recommended supplementing as many feeds as we can. She also diagnosed a case of thrush in A-‘s mouth, so we’ve been treating that too. I haven’t felt any pain yet, but the Internet has quite a lot of horror stories that I’d like to avoid contributing to, so we’ve been focusing on dealing with that and the supplementation. The lactation aid continues to be a bit too fussy for me to regularly use, although affixing it to a fridge magnet helps a little bit by giving me a way to adjust the level.

Since I keep bringing A-‘s weight history to different places, I spent a little time tweaking the display and the calculations to take into account only the weights at the same location. I’m getting more and more comfortable with d3 visualizations. My rate of improvement is still pretty slow, though. All these interruptions – but that’s a good problem to have. =) Here’s the latest section of the chart. She’s still gaining slower than the average weight gain for breastfed babies, but she seems to be skating along above the 3rd percentile line, so there’s that.

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Slow coding progress on my consulting project. I need to think of a good way to deal with the limitations of the iframe around the add-on I’m building. I have a few ideas that I might get to test this week. It’s a bit difficult with the stop-and-go nature of being the primary caregiver for an infant, but fortunately my tracking system makes it easy for me to clock out when I need to change a diaper or when I notice my concentration flagging. I’ll just have to set proper expectations with my consulting client. I’ve checked in my code so they can take it forward if they want, and I can keep building on it here and there. Actually, it might be better to trim the functionality and do a smaller release – I’ll check prioritization and timing at the next team meeting.

I also want to make sure that A- gets plenty of stimulation. She’s becoming more and more interactive, yay! Lots of cooing and putting things in her mouth.

Next week: catching up on drawing and thinking, more gardening, and a follow-up with the pediatrician. Let’s see if I can make it out to the Quantified Self meetup, too.

2016-05-31b Week ending 2016-05-27 -- index card #journal #weekly output

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (2.4h – 1%)
    • Earn (2.0h – 86% of Business)
    • Build (0.0h – 0% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (0.3h – 13% of Business)
  • Relationships (3.7h – 2%)
    • ☑ Take A- for more tests
    • ☑ Notes for Dr. Roth
    • ☑ Complete and fax pre-op questionnaire
  • Discretionary – Productive (7.1h – 4%)
    • Emacs (0.4h – 0% of all)
    • Coding (2.6h – 1% of all)
      • ☑ Improve weight display
    • Sewing (0.0h)
      • ☑ Party dress
    • Writing (0.8h)
  • Discretionary – Play (1.2h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (23.1h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (67.7h – 40%)
    • Childcare (57.5h – 34% of total)
  • Sleep (62.7h – 37% – average of 9.0 per day)