Weekly review: Week ending August 16, 2019

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  • Us
    • NAIA Terminal 1 had pretty short lines, so we got through security and immigration in 25 minutes.
    • I finally got to watch Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame on the plane.
  • Gross motor
    • A- worked hard on climbing a playground climbing structure. She also had fun sliding down a pole.
  • Fine motor
    • A- put several Duplo plates together and connected them with other pieces.
  • Sensory
    • “The water is so cold. So cold!” Despite the chill, A- waded in and out of the water many times.
  • Language
    • Someone asked me how our flight went. A- said, “Apparently we have a baby who doesn’t sleep much on airplanes.”
    • W- brought down a cardboard creation from the shelf so that we could reuse the material. A- said, “Oh, that’s the automaton!”
    • This week, A- began frequently saying things like “I’m so funny” and “That’s so funny.”
  • Art
    • A- likes disassembling pens so that she can glue the parts to cardboard.
    • A- and I talked about the balance between making random things out of cardboard and making planned things, since working on specific projects often involves my asking her to wait for me or not use a piece I’ve been working on. Following up on our conversation, we tried a crafting session where I focused on cutting squares and rectangles for A- to use however she liked. I’m totally okay with loose parts and process-oriented art, so this is cool.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- picked her nose so much that it bled. We both have slight sniffles.
    • While we cooked, A- played with cardboard, skewers, and white glue on the kitchen floor.
  • Eating
    • W- splurged on grass-fed steak and I cooked cauliflower. Turned out really yummy, and even a small portion of it was satisfying. A- really liked the steak too.
  • Emotion
    • A- was overtired and frustrated, so she hit me a few times. I’ll look into gentle ways to handle situations like that.
  • Social
    • A-‘s cousin was a little grumpy and wanted to play on her own instead of with A-. A- said, “You don’t want to play with me. What can I do to make you feel better?”
    • “Ow, that hurt!” “I don’t want to say sorry! I’m too little.”
    • When A- got home, she said, “Hello, Luke. You’re such a sweet cat. Hello, Neko. I missed you.”
  • Pretend
    • A- talked to J- about her day and pretended to write a journal entry.
    • A- pretended to be Kendra.
    • A- liked tumbling her shoes down the slide before coming down. I started pretending that I found shoes that looked remarkably like A-‘s. She found that really amusing and asked me to say that again, and we roleplayed it several times.
    • A- said to W- and me, “We’re having a family picture. Gather all up and I’ll take your picture. Chk chk chk chk. Here’s your picture!”
  • Cognition
    • A- made alternating patterns with Duplo, and we talked about different Duplo brick types.
  • World
    • I made a flap-based salt dispenser using part of an egg carton. A- liked using it.
    • I tried making a glue stick dispenser, but it wasn’t precise enough or worth the hassle.
    • “I want to make the thing that Daddy has.” A- made a compass using craft sticks and a pen, all by herself.
    • I finally figured out how to build that coin-operated dispenser we saw in the video. The mechanism isn’t perfectly reliable, but it works decently well. A- had a lot of fun demonstrating how the machine behaved with and without a coin.
    • A- was curious about how the pedal on the bathroom trashcan worked. We looked at the mechanism, and I built a simplified cardboard pedal trashcan that worked.
    • I started working on the coin-operated vending machine mechanism.
  • Other
    • “I’m playing with the dog. Turns out Kaya is not scary.” A- and G* had lots of fun throwing a ball to the chocolate Lab.
    • We got lots of sunshine at the park. I like the redesigned park. It was pretty neat to see most of the things I asked for at the community consultation!

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Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 55.0 57.5 2.5 96.6 4.2
Personal 0.8 3.1 2.3 5.1 3.8
Discretionary – Social 7.0 8.7 1.7 14.5 2.8
Unpaid work 0.0 0.8 0.8 1.3 1.3
Discretionary – Family 0.5 1.0 0.4 1.6 0.7
Business 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Productive 0.5 0.3 -0.2 0.5 -0.4
Sleep 36.1 28.8 -7.4 48.3 -12.4
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