Weekly review: Week ending October 26, 2018

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Things felt a little more normal this week. I think we're over our colds, although another one might be on the horizon. Instead of joining A- for afternoon naps, I focused on cooking. We also tweaked our routine to include a video call to Lola, which turns out to be a good way to wake up A-. We made it to the drop-in centre too, and A- had fun playing there. Slowly getting the hang of things again…

  • Kaizen
    • We got frustrated with food requests, so we decided to move a little closer towards the Ellyn Satter model of division of responsibility. I'm working on set mealtimes and choices.
    • I got my ledger up to date, and I refactored my CSV transformation code.
  • Us
    • We prepared the garden for winter while A- hung out with J-.
    • Lots of cooking this week. I baked turkey pot pie, roasted rutabaga and beets, and managed to cook fresh dinner on three different days.
    • We made pumpkin muffins. The Halloween liners stuck a bit and the muffin texture was a bit dry, but it was a nice change.
    • We voted, yay!
    • I need three dental fillings, boo. Also, I should find out where to buy disclosing solution here…
  • Gross motor
    • A- insisted on going to the organic grocery store. She walked all the way home even though it was cold and drizzly.
    • Because we stayed for a snack after music class, we got to the drop-in centre just as the family worker sang the goodbye song. A- wanted to play in the schoolyard for a bit anyway, so she played with the basketballs, the hula hoops, and the tricycles. Another girl invited her to play chase, so she chased her for a few minutes.
  • Language
    • “I look kind of like a girl.” A- likes how the tassels on her blue Columbia hat look like hair.
    • When A- heard me taking a shower, she told W-, “I usually like to go first.”
    • A- pretended to be Mama while I pretended to be A-. She had quick responses for lots of different scenarios. I laughed and pointed out that I don't say no all the time…
      • “I want to go to the supermarket.” “We should stay home.”
      • “Mama's kisses don't work.” “Daddy's kisses do.”
      • “I want Daddy.” “Daddy's at work.”
      • “I don't want to go to bed.” “We should sleep.”
  • Music
    • A- sang snippets of Bahay Kubo during bathtime. When I noticed, I sang it too, and she sang along while watching my lips intently.
    • At music class, we learned a few more songs for Halloween and fall. A- mostly clung to me, although she participated in the pumpkin-passing song and she went up to the teacher for a hug at the end of the class.
  • Self-care and independence
    • We got through the flu shot with the help of Sheep, a book, and a sheet of stickers.
  • Eating
    • I think I'm getting the hang of packing lunch and snacks. It's nice to eat a wide variety, even if it means washing lots of containers.
    • A- was feeling a little under the weather after her flu shot, so we offered instant noodles.
  • Sleep
    • A- woke up crying several times in the night. She fell asleep after a minute or two each time.
    • A- fell asleep while J- was reading A.A. Milne's poetry to her.
    • A- resisted bedtime by insisting on washing hands.
    • A- is back to napping in the afternoon, but tends to resist going to bed at night. Maybe I should try to wake her up earlier from her nap.
  • Social
    • Popo visited. A- had fun folding origami and riding her bike around.
  • Pretend
    • A- wanted a quilt like she saw in books. Fortunately, I had sewn a quilt for her before, so we brought hat out.
    • A- wanted to be cloth diapered and swaddled.
    • “I want to copy Popo.” A- put her gloves in a purse and carried it.
  • World
    • We went to the drop-in centre. A- had fun playing with basketballs, grids, and laces.
    • At the drop-in centre, A- sought out J- and played with her. She also played with basketballs, rocking horses, matching animal pictures, and magnetic rods.
    • A- was interested in the materials and magnets set out on the science table at the drop-in centre. We sorted the materials into things that stuck to magnets and things that didn't.

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Category The other week Last week Diff h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 38.3 42.8 4.5 71.9 7.5
Discretionary – Productive 0.8 3.4 2.6 5.8 4.4
Unpaid work 5.4 7.3 2.0 12.3 3.3
Discretionary – Play 1.8 2.8 1.0 4.8 1.7
Discretionary – Family 1.0 1.3 0.3 2.2 0.5
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Business 0.5 0.3 -0.3 0.4 -0.4
Personal 11.3 8.2 -3.1 13.8 -5.2
Sleep 40.9 33.8 -7.1 56.8 -11.9
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