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Weekly review: Week ending May 10, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • W- replaced the dish rack because the coating on the old one had worn down.
    • A- slept so early, I had some bonus focused time in the evening. I reviewed my old tasks and organized my Org agenda a bit more.
    • W- bent the cup holders on the new dish rack to make them more functional.
  • Us
    • Sourdough pancakes: so fluffy!
    • Sourdough pancakes: More sourdoughy, yum yum
    • Sourdough grissini (breadsticks): Burned half of the batch, but it still worked out great after I cut away the black parts. I put them in the bag too early, though, so condensation made them a bit stale. Try and try again!
    • W- braised some beef. It was so tender and yummy.
    • I made sourdough rye bread for the first time. It was a little moist inside, but it still turned out yummy.
  • Gross motor
    • A-‘s been working on balancing in the tree pose all by herself.
    • A- wanted to leave school early to go to the park behind Runnymede library. She climbed and slid down a few times.
    • A- was curious about the exercise equipment at the park, so we played there a bit.
    • At the swimming pool, A- liked floating in her Puddle Jumpers, venturing a little further away from me. She also practised getting out of and into the pool. She accidentally took in a little water, so I hugged her to help her calm down. After a few minutes, she was ready to play some more.
  • Fine motor
    • The craft activity at school was to make a Mother’s Day card. She decided to make one for Daddy instead. In addition to lots of back-and-forth scribbles, she also practised writing, drew a circle and shaded inside it, and carefully shaded a corner.
  • Language
    • A- used the words “our” and “ourselves” correctly.
    • A-‘s random word of the day: abomasum (a cow’s fourth stomach), because we’ve been reading books about milk production.
    • We were waiting to check out at the store when A- told me that she needed to go to the bathroom. I asked her if she could wait approximately ten minutes, or if we needed to leave our cart and go now. She thought about it and said, “Six minutes.”
    • “You are so Tagalog-y.”
    • Me: “It looks like there’s a small slide, too.” A-: “Hmm. How convenient.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- switched to using the electric toothbrush again. She’s getting pretty good at brushing her teeth by herself.
    • I explained to A- that I would need to focus on cooking for about half an hour. She agreed to play independently, and mostly managed to do so while I cooked broccoli and tonkatsu.
    • At bedtime, A- told me that she wanted to go to sleep on her own. “Do Mom things,” she said, so I did. Thirty minutes later, she called for me via the baby monitor, and asked if she could sleep on top of me.
  • Sleep
    • A- wanted to go to school after nature class, so she napped while I carried her.
  • Emotion
    • A- had a big tantrum because she was frustrated when she asked for a video and I said no. It overlapped with another tantrum because I ate the muffin on her plate. She fell asleep in the carrier after crying.
    • A- asked me to read The Day You Begin. As I read the story about feeling like you’re on the outside, I asked her if it’s like how she feels when kids stare at her eye. She nodded.
  • Household
    • A- helped clean the mirrors and the glass door.
  • Social
    • A- enjoyed playing with the babysitter for 5 hours. A- said she even had a nap. She wants to try a longer session. We’ll try 6 hours next week, so it’s a little more like a kindergarten day.
    • We invited Jen, Ewan, and E- over for burgers. A- and E- had lots of fun dancing, playing with balls, building contraptions, and hammering.
    • We visited Joy and J-. The kids had lots of fun playing with toys, jumping on the bed, and listening to stories.
    • We had so much fun playing a game where I’d tell A- she wasn’t allowed to pounce on me, and she’d gleefully tell me she’s allowed and would pounce anyway.
    • We had dimsum with W-‘s family. A- have people high fives.
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended to be a flight attendant. She wanted to pour soy milk for me, and to put food and drink on a tray.
  • World
    • A- said, “I want to go out to the open meadow.” (She meant the backyard.) She played with bubbles and giant bubbles in the deck.
    • We watched a dump truck drop off a bin and pick up another bin.
    • We had fun squelching through mud in nature class. A- also fed the turtle and explored the sandbox.
    • We had a little time before swimming, so we watched workers repair the road.
  • Oops
    • Oops! Lost A-‘s blue Crocs because I didn’t look behind me, and I did the shoe check when I stepped out of the subway train.
  • Thoughts
    • Realization: When I have snippets of free time, I don’t usually use that time to draw. I read, write, or code.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 33.5 45.9 12.4 77.1 20.9
Unpaid work 1.8 5.8 4.0 9.7 6.8
Discretionary – Play 0.0 3.2 3.2 5.4 5.4
Business 0.0 2.5 2.5 4.3 4.3
Sleep 34.0 36.3 2.3 60.9 3.9
Discretionary – Productive 0.0 1.2 1.2 2.0 2.0
Personal 3.1 4.1 1.0 6.8 1.7
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.7 0.7 1.2 1.2
Discretionary – Family 27.7 0.3 -27.5 0.4 -46.2

Weekly review: Week ending May 3, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I spent a little while trying to fix the playdough by adding flour and cream of tartar. It got less sticky and more elastic, although I think I made it a little stiff.
    • W- made pizza dough from scratch. It was nice and elastic.
    • We asked for some of Tita Annet’s sourdough starter.
    • Next time I fly, I should definitely wear my sandals on the plane.
    • We used baking soda to get rid of the ring in the bathtub. W- cleaned up lots of things in the house, too.
  • Us
    • It turned out that the external drive that I had brought over to Kathy for use as her offsite backup already had a copy of her files from 2017, when my dad had mistakenly grabbed the drive and given it to me. That was pretty convenient, actually, as it had some files she wanted to copy.
    • Bert Jan showed us the Point It book that they’d found tremendously useful on their trips. I wonder if something like that might be fun to share with A-.
    • We visited Dan and Bert Jan. We chatted about fandom, travel, tai chi, healthcare, practical knowledge, parenting, the environment, feminism, and pockets. A- had fun with the crayons, playdough, and toys they happened to have lying around.
    • It was nice to go from downtown Den Haag to a large, quiet park.
    • We observed G-‘s horse riding lesson.
    • We went to the children’s farm, the supermarket, and the bank.
    • We met Kathy’s neighbours, who were just as awesome as described.
    • W- cooked bibimbap and we invited Kathy’s neighbours over.
    • Dan visited us and shared more stories about her travels.
    • It was a good idea paying for Vodafone NL’s 10 euro bundle. I used 300mb and a handful of texts.
    • Going through Pearson still sucks. The line at customs was long, and we waited even longer because we declared the food we’d brought.
    • We took the subway home, although the luggage wheels didn’t survive the walk. W- is determined to get a two-wheeled suitcase next time – something with big wheels.
    • It turns out the plants that I thought weren’t chives were actually chives. Also, the spring onions are growing well.
  • Gross motor
    • A- liked playing with the Stomp Rocket. The kids suggested playing outside, but two of the rockets landed too far (one in the neighbours’ back yard, one on the roof), so I redirected them to something else.
  • Fine motor
    • A- was really interested in the Connect 4 game. She liked dropping the yellow markers into the grid, taking turns, and clearing the grid of all the markers. She didn’t play to win, of course.
  • Sensory
    • A- liked the playground with the zip line. W- whizzed her up and down the zip line a few times.
    • So much water play inside and outside!
  • Language
    • I told A- a little about how her brain is still developing a lot and why some things are hard for her to do right now. Some time later, I heard her tell AG, “My brain is still developing.” The next day, I heard AG (who’s 5 years old) say that her brain was still developing too.
    • A- was pretending to sleep. She said, “Honk shu, honk shu, letter zzzzzzzz.”
  • Music
    • The precorder and Suzuki recorder arrived! They both sound nice. W- made a recorder stand.
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- asked for teething medicine, so we gave her half a junior acetaminophen.
  • Eating
    • W-, A-, and I all liked haring. A- had quite a few bites. We also liked kibbeling.
  • Sleep
    • “I’m not tired, I’m not tired,” A- protested. A little while later, I noticed she was spacing out while playing with playdough. She accepted my offer to take her upstairs and fell asleep in my lap while I tidied up the playdough. She woke up just enough for me to brush her teeth before I put her to bed.
    • Because the plane book I made mentioned that we sleep when the lights are dimmed, A- asked us to ask the flight attendant when the lights will be dimmed. He said he’d ask the captain, since it was a daytime flight. When the lights were eventually dimmed, A- settled down for a nap.
  • Emotion
    • We were all cranky, tired, and hungry by the time we got home, but our mood improved after food.
  • Household
    • A- folded kitchen towels, matching the corners precisely and then folding into thirds.
  • Social
    • I spent the day hanging out with the kids at home. It mostly went smoothly, although I think A- got a little jealous and tired towards the end.
  • Cognition
    • W- started teaching A- how to play a memory game with cards. She got the idea of matching, but was a little fuzzy on taking turns.
  • Other
    • W- and A- found a canister of spray lubricant in the plane’s bathroom. They turned it in and the flight attendant joked about A- having squeaky knees.
  • Oops
    • I forgot my water bottle at the stables.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Family 6.6 27.7 21.2 46.6 35.6
Personal 2.9 3.1 0.2 5.2 0.3
Business 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Play 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Sleep 34.9 34.0 -0.9 57.1 -1.5
Unpaid work 3.5 1.8 -1.7 3.0 -2.9
Discretionary – Productive 8.9 0.0 -8.9 0.0 -15.0
A- 43.2 33.5 -9.8 56.2 -16.4

Weekly review: Week ending April 19, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I reverted to Disqus comments for spam filtering.
  • Us
    • Instead of sleeping or doing productive things, I decided to play Borderlands 2 a lot with W-. It was almost like old times!
    • I organized my travel clothes.
    • I checked out Emerald City since W- had watched a few episodes.
    • I thought about whether to find an independent babysitter or to continue with an agency. It’s actually kinda nifty getting such different babysitters each time, and it’s nice not having to mess around with screening or scheduling.
    • I made lasagna.
    • I hemmed my pajama pants and W-‘s sweatpants.
  • Gross motor
    • A- walked a lot. She wanted to go to Riverdale Farm, so she walked to the subway, from the bus to the farm, and from the farm to the playground.
  • Language
    • “Can you sing a French song? how about Frere Jacques?”
    • Me: “How about pancakes?”
      A-: “Christmas tree pancakes?”
      Me: “We can’t, we don’t have spinach. Plain?”
      A-: “Oh, but we have food coloring!”
      Me: “We try not to use it.”
      A-: “But it’s food!”
    • We were talking about her side and my side of the sungka board. She outlined her part with her hands and said, “My sungka moira, your sungka moira.”
    • A- wanted me to read “Ang Aking Paligid.” When we got to the page with the dress, she decided to change into her yellow dress. She asked me to bring the book upstairs and open it to the page. After she changed into her dress, she said, “Nasaan ang libro?” Her first Tagalog question!
    • “I call myself ‘girl’ and I call Daddy ‘de jongen.'” For the second time, I’ve had to explain to a somewhat bewildered grown-up that A- has picked up a Dutch word from my attempts to learn through Duolingo.
    • I had fun watching A- and the sitter walk to school. The sitter kept the conversation going by pointing out lots of interesting details.
    • “I’m just making up random words.”
    • A- turned to W- and asked, “Are you strong enough to carry a cantaloupe?”
  • Music
    • After a few days of asking me to sing the “eh” song (her name for Sitsiritsit, because of the line “ang babae sa lansangan”), she suddenly sang the whole first stanza pretty clearly.
    • Since A- could sing the first stanza of Sitsiritsit, I started singing Lupang Hinirang to her as well. She said, “I like listening to Tagalog songs.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • I asked A- if she wanted to have more babysitting time. She asked for more days, and she said, “I want to be more independent.”
    • A- drank so much water at bedtime. Still made it to the bathroom the next morning, whew!
    • A- got the hang of gargling, and did it half a dozen times.
    • A- wanted to try sleeping under blankets instead of in her sleep sack. She asked for all three blankets to be piled on top of her.
  • Eating
    • Carnitas: I tried the pre-marinated pulled pork from the supermarket deli. Success! Good in a burrito. A- even had some.
    • A- really liked fishballs.
    • A- asked for a watermelon. She really enjoyed eating it for evening snack.
  • Sleep
    • A- decided to sleep on the crib mattress in her small sleep sack. She chewed on her gum massager for a few minutes and then fell asleep.
    • A- resisted going to sleep. She eventually got upset enough to ask me to brush her teeth, carry her in the carrier, put her in sleep sack, and walk around.
  • Emotion
    • A- had a tantrum in the basement. She wanted to pick up more metal items with her magnet instead of coming upstairs with me. I was worried that she was starting to sound too tired, so I wanted to at least get her out of the workshop before she melted down. I counted, then carried her out. She cried and asked for W- instead, so he swapped in and I washed dishes upstairs. She eventually calmed down with him, and they went through the bedtime routine. She fell asleep in bed early, so yeah, she was pretty tired.

      A gentler approach might have been for me to ask her to set a limit (how many more games of pick it up?), because she tends to respond well to agreements. She was stonewalling a bit on going upstairs, though. Maybe I could have exaggerated the silliness by talking about bringing down pillows and blankets. I didn’t really need to herd her upstairs so that I could wash the dishes. If she spent another half an hour playing and then had a tantrum about that or something else, I could still offer comfort after washing hands. So yeah, room for improvement on my part too.

      Hmm… I don’t think counting is a technique that works well for us at the moment. Let’s see if there are other ways to defuse the situation next time she wants to keep playing…

    • Lots of shrieking – A- seemed to be frustrated about something.
    • I talked to A- about videos and compared it to being a visitor: enjoy, but always be ready to let go.
    • A- had a tantrum when I was too tired to carry her in the carrier, but she calmed down after I rested and then asked her how many times she wanted to go around in the carrier.
  • Social
    • We brought Melissa and H- some chicken pot pie and chocolate-zucchini muffins. A- practised being a visitor, following H-‘s suggestions for things to play with and letting her take things back as needed. Both of them did pretty well.
    • One trick to making morning brushing go more smoothly is to let her brush my teeth. While doing so, she said, “Open wide, my little dear.” A short while later, she said, “I want to take lots of care of you.”
    • J1 makes appreciative sounds while eating. A- started doing the same while eating next to her.
    • J1 and A- took turns very smoothly with J1’s rocking horse.
    • I asked A- if she wanted to go to school, visit a friend, or invite a friend over. She chose to invite J1 over, so Joy, J1, and J2 came. A- was a pretty good host, amiably sharing most of her toys, and mostly keeping her cool when she asked for a toy back. J1 was fascinated by the cats and by the piano. We all had a good time.
    • A- wanted to go to school (really a drop-in centre) with the babysitter. She asked me to come along and stay in the yard while she played inside with the sitter. I packed my laptop, RSA token, phone, Bluetooth keyboard, sketchbook, and book. I told A- that I’d stay there for as long as I could, and that I’d also come and pick them up once school was done. A- walked all the way to school holding the sitter’s hand while I followed them with the stroller. She went inside while I stayed in the yard, and then came out again for lunch break. I worked while my laptop battery lasted, then said goodbye and headed home. When I went back to pick them up, I offered A- a choice of staying for circle time and going home with me, or walking home with the sitter. She picked the sitter, and we made it home in time for the end of our babysitting session. Yay!
    • We chatted with Lola. A- liked interacting with her.
    • A- wanted to invite Melissa and H- over. A- and H- had fun blowing bubbles, jumping on the bed, playing with blocks and animals, eating muffins, and pretending H- was a baby.
    • We went to AO’s birthday party. A- was a good guest. She enjoyed the pizza, played with toys, shared her bubbles, and gave things back whenever AO wanted them again. We went to the park afterwards and spent some time on the swings.
  • World
    • At Riverdale Farm, we had fun watching the ducklings, chicks, and goats.
    • A- was very curious about her body, so we talked about her body for a bit.
  • Other
    • A- liked playing with a small doll at school, and she often pretended to take care of me or other people. I ordered a doll for her. I also bought the Playing Preschool PDF for theme and activity ideas.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Social 0.6 4.2 3.6 7.0 6.0
Discretionary – Play 2.0 4.7 2.6 7.8 4.4
Unpaid work 6.6 6.8 0.2 11.5 0.3
Business 1.8 1.9 0.1 3.2 0.2
Discretionary – Family 0.6 0.1 -0.4 0.2 -0.8
Discretionary – Productive 3.6 2.8 -0.7 4.7 -1.2
Sleep 35.8 34.5 -1.3 58.0 -2.2
Personal 12.6 10.6 -1.9 17.9 -3.2
A- 36.4 34.3 -2.2 57.5 -3.6

Weekly review: Week ending April 5, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I finally got around to setting up LetsEncrypt SSL certificates for my blog, Quantified Awesome, and planet.emacslife.com.
    • I updated my ledger and added more balance assertions.
    • I set up HTTPS for my little tracker, too.
  • Us
    • I decided to spend a little time playing Borderlands 2 with W- while I backed up my files. It was nice to just relax and have fun.
    • I brought the prototype for Magic Books to the drop-in centre, and I sketched a few pages while A- played.
    • It was a little frustrating trying to figure out dinner plans with a friend who’s flying in for a few days. I wonder if it makes sense to meet her at the airport. Still getting the hang of having a kiddo in tow…
    • I managed to put A- to bed by 10 pm, so W- and I watched Deadpool 2.
  • Gross motor
    • A- wanted to go to the park, so I said that we could if she walked there instead of riding in the stroller. She made it!
    • A- was really interested in climbing the structures at the playground.
  • Fine motor
    • A- used her fingers and thumb to pinch the playdough out into a bowl shape.
  • Language
    • A-: “Even if it’s a dwarf planet, Pluto is still a planet.”
      Me: “Pluto isn’t a planet any more.”
      A-: “I’m just using my imagination.”
    • “Where’s daddy? I want to see him. I want to ask him for a little spent time.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A-‘s been asking for a babysitter, so I booked one from the agency. Maybe I’ll be able to do some consulting, drawing, or organizing while A- practises being independent.
    • A- felt comfortable switching over to the babysitter as soon as I set them up, and she played happily with the babysitter until I came back up from the basement 3.5 hours later. I heard them read lots of books, play music, and play with other toys. It was nice to get some focused work done. When I asked A- about plans for next week, she chose having a sitter at home over going to pretend school or playing with me, so I booked the same person for another day.
  • Eating
    • We had maple-crusted porkloin and bok choy for dinner.
  • Emotion
    • Me: “I’m getting grumpy because I’m hungry, so I’m going to eat.”
      A-: “Snake breath or balloon breath.”
      Me: “…Yes, I can use snake breath to calm down when I’m frustrated.”
      A-: “I gave you choices. I’m a good mother.”
    • Lots of tantrums. Maybe A- was releasing the tension from behaving properly with a stranger all afternoon.
  • Household
    • A- helped spot-clean her stuffed toy Sheep.
    • A- insisted on returning the library books all by herself. She attacked the books on the floor, picked them up one at a time, and slid them through the return slot.
    • A- helped me cut carrots for duck pot pie. I helped her use a serrated steak knife.
    • A- checked out library books all by herself, too.
    • A- sliced the zucchini with a butter knife.
  • Social
    • A- wanted to read a few books while Lola was on video chat. She also wanted to play sungka.
    • A- asked W- to juggle for her. W- said he could only juggle one thing. A- said, “I can juggle two things,” and then proceeded to flail about. Then she said, “I taught Daddy how to juggle.”
    • A- established boundaries around her tower (she wanted to build it by herself). Later, she played together with another kid, even going with her back and forth across the room.
    • After music class, we checked out a protest, went to the Allan Gardens conservatory and playground, and got books from the library and the Children’s Book Bank. A- liked spending time with AW from music class. What a full day!

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 34.6 38.2 3.5 64.1 6.0
A- 43.8 46.7 2.9 78.4 4.8
Discretionary – Play 0.4 2.3 1.9 3.9 3.2
Discretionary – Productive 1.8 2.9 1.1 4.9 1.8
Business 2.6 3.4 0.8 5.7 1.4
Discretionary – Family 2.1 0.2 -1.9 0.4 -3.1
Personal 8.6 4.7 -3.9 7.9 -6.6
Unpaid work 6.1 1.6 -4.5 2.8 -7.5

Weekly review: Week ending March 29, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • A- wanted to type on my laptop, so I quickly remapped her favourite key (F1) to show the hello file instead of help-on-help. W- joked that if I set it up to play Ode to Joy, I’d have a real winner. So I did, calling emms-play-file. And then of course it made sense to make F1 toggle playing on and off, and then A- had lots of fun making the music stop and go.
    • We raked the twigs in the garden.
  • Us
    • I booked our flights. I initially booked them on one airline, but I cancelled after a few minutes because I realized that another airline’s itinerary not only made more sense for our day but also came out a little cheaper.
    • We decided that spending on seat selection was worth it so that we could pick a row without any particularly bad remarks on the main seat review sites.
  • Gross motor
    • We put batteries into a tiny toy penguin I bought a long time ago, and A- had fun watching it waddle toward claps. She imitated the penguin too, holding her arms close to her sides and her hands out.
  • Fine motor
    • A- was fascinated by a small, clear hand pump floating in the water table at the drop-in centre. She spent most of the afternoon playing with it, filling the cups and bottles that I held for her. She also had fun stacking small wooden shapes, and got pretty good at building tall, thin towers.
  • Sensory
    • A- spent a long time at the water table in the drop-in centre. She liked pretending to give the frog-shaped watering can a drink.
    • A- liked being dropped while riding on my knees.
    • A- liked playing with her new sand toys in a big raised bed in our backyard. That raised bed gets pretty shaded, so we decided that was fine as A-‘s sandbox and “planting” zone.
  • Language
    • “Now baby is refreshed and rested.”
    • One of A-‘s long-term goals is to grow long hair. She said, “Someday I’m going to help J- clog up the drain.”
    • A- picked three bedtime stories and read them all to herself.
    • A- wanted to sing Bahay Kubo while reading through the book. She did it several times. Then she fell asleep snuggling the book.
  • Music
    • A- sat down at the piano. She started pressing keys and singing, “Bessie the sheep, Bessie the sheep…” I think she was making up a song on the spot.
    • It’s fun watching the progression in the kinds of games we play in music class. This week, the teacher introduced a game with songs that go like: “A- stands up, A- sits down, A- goes dancing all around the town. Tralalalalala tralalala, tralalalala tralalala.” (To the tune of Tommy Thumb Is Up.) We stretched out the last few syllables so each kid could make it back to their place in the circle right on time. When it was A-‘s turn, she stood up and sat down on cue, and then she went all around the circle by herself, even though all the kids before her had been accompanied by their grownups. Neato!
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- can put on gloves and mittens by herself.
    • During our bedtime conversation, A- and I talked about what if she had no seeing eyes, about being careful in the sandbox, and about observing other kids.
    • We went to Once Upon a Child to look for shoes. I brought along a paper cutout of her footprint. She preferred shoes that were a bit too big for her, but she’ll probably grow into them in a few months. I also got her sweatpants to match W-. I tried looking for a slightly larger rain jacket and a doll that she identified with, but no luck. I might have to look into repainting dolls if she wants a hard one instead of a soft one.
  • Eating
    • A- ate seven breakfast sausages in one sitting.
    • A- is getting quite good at eating cereal and milk by herself. She likes to add just a little cereal. I think it’s mostly an excuse to drink milk.
  • Emotion
    • A- had a big tantrum because she wanted phone time so that she could watch videos. We eventually redirected her to reading.
    • A- was in her carrier, slowly calming down from a tantrum. Tearfully, she said, “i want a book on emotional regulation.”
    • A- didn’t want to interrupt reading in order to start dinner. When she saw W- head out the door, though, she started crying for him. We quickly put our coats and boots on and headed out the door. W- was far ahead of us, but A- made a decent effort at walking most of the way to the library. We met W- on his way back. I offered A- a choice: we could all go home, or W- could go home and I could go with her to the library. A- kept asking if she could go with W- to the library. After telling her that wasn’t one of the choices and giving her a warning, I told her that we were going to choose for her. We carried her home in full tantrum mode. Eventually, we were able to help her calm down enough, and she ate dinner with us. She had probably been extra grumpy because of hunger, but at least we finally got that sorted out!
  • Social
    • We hadn’t seen Joy and J- for a long time. When they finally made it out to the drop-in centre, A- and J- had lots of fun playing together. A- said, “I love my friend.” They walked home, holding hands part of the way.
  • World
    • At the drop-in centre, the librarian did the circle time. She sang a song about weather and asked the kids what the weather was today. A- said, “It was raining.” The librarian thanked her. A- continued, saying, “That’s called precipitation.” Everyone paused for a few seconds trying to make sure they heard her right, and then we had a good laugh about that.

      I guess A- picked something up from all those times she asked us to read “The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal,” even though when I asked her what she liked about the book, she cheerfully told me, “I understand none of the words in it! Zero!” Huh.

      I wonder what else makes sense to casually introduce into our reading… I’m not looking for party-trick memorization or academic front-loading, but she wants to learn, so it might be fun to see what else catches her eye. Nature is probably a good place to start, and maybe simple physics and biology too. Maybe calendars, too?

  • Thoughts
    • Parenting reflection from Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers: assume positive intent. I can see how A- wants so much to do well and be helpful.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
A- 40.6 43.8 3.2 73.6 5.4
Business 0.0 2.6 2.6 4.3 4.3
Personal 6.2 8.6 2.4 14.4 4.1
Unpaid work 5.5 6.1 0.6 10.3 1.0
Discretionary – Play 1.2 0.4 -0.8 0.7 -1.3
Sleep 35.7 34.6 -1.1 58.1 -1.9
Discretionary – Family 4.9 2.1 -2.8 3.5 -4.7
Discretionary – Productive 5.9 1.8 -4.1 3.0 -6.9

Weekly review: Week ending March 22, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • W- had a pair of jeans that were a little too worn out to wear to the office, and he already had enough pairs for working around the house. I tried them on, and they fit much better than my other pairs of jeans. I hand-sewed patches under the holes (“Visible mending is in!”) and shortened them, keeping the original hem. I broke a serger needle trying to finish the shortened part, so I switched to pinking with scissors and zigzagging it with the sewing machine. Yay me!
  • Us
    • I started planning a possible trip to visit my sister and her family.
  • Gross motor
    • A- went all the way to the basement to fetch another 3 lb. weight so that we could both have one. “I’m doing curls,” she said.
    • A- figured out how to jump and spin at the same time.
    • Me: Do you have a “let’s go swimming” dance?
      A-: No, not yet. I have to make it up first.
    • We went swimming. A- really liked it. She practised getting back into the pool, and she also liked dogpaddling around with a Puddle Jumper on. Afterwards, we went to the playground.
  • Language
    • In the car seat: “Why am I having no blanket? Silly Mama Pig.” (She was pretending to be a piglet that day.)
    • “Come with me, boy.” (A- has been having fun calling W- “boy”.)
    • A- asked clarifying questions about the words we used.
    • A- was dawdling, so I asked, “Are you going to brush your teeth?” A- replied, “I am going to in a minute.”
    • A- was interested in Tagalog books, and requested a few of them at bedtime.
    • I told A-, “Watch out for the seeds.” She said, “I’m not watching out.”
    • A-: I learned a Tagalog word today.
      W-: Oh really? Which one?
      A-: All of them.
      W-: That’s great!
      A-: That’s pretty good.
    • A- trying to wrangle a video out of W-: “What will you watch with me?”
    • A- was getting frustrated by how I was doing something. She said, “Follow your instructions!”
  • Music
    • Another of A-‘s songs: “Once I had a cracker, a cracker, a cracker. It had peanut butter. it made me eat it, eat it, eat it, because it had another layer.”
    • At music class, we did “Criss Cross Applesauce” on the kids’ backs two times. Then the teacher invited the kids to switch roles and do “Criss Cross Applesauce” on our backs. A- did!
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- pinched her finger near the hinge the tongs, slicing into her skin. Ouch! I put pressure on it to stop the bleeding, hugged her to help her calm down, and put a special bandage on it.
    • “I want a diaper,” A- said. “You’re going to have to wait until Mama comes out,” W- said. “I’ll get it myself,” she said, stomping off cheerfully.
    • A- actually let me spray her a bit with the shower head at the pool.
    • A- switched to showers instead of baths, even at home.
  • Emotion
    • A- had a tantrum in the supermarket, probably because she was tired and hungry. She kept running a little ahead of me. Lots of sympathetic looks from other people. Eventually she calmed down enough to want to be picked up.
  • Household
    • While I napped, W-, J-, and two of J-‘s friends made wontons. A- even got to try making some. Yum!
    • We all watched Jamie Oliver’s episode on salmon. When it finished, A- said, “Let’s go. I want to do it.”
    • A- helped make tonkatsu. She breaded six cutlets with just a little help.
  • Social
    • A- saw K- drawing. A- said, “I can’t draw. I can only scribble.” She got paper, scribbled something, and gave it to K-, saying, “This is for you, K-!” In turn, K- offered to draw her something. A- asked for a cow drawing, and after that, she asked for a pig drawing.
    • The drop-in centre we usually go to closed for a week for March Break. On the first day it reopened, it was amusing to see how everyone was glad to be back to the usual routines.
    • A- had fun playing the “not allowed up the hill” game. She ran up the hill and looked at me expectantly. I put my hands on my hips and pretended to be stern, saying, “You’re not allowed up the hill!” She ran down the hill and gave me a hug. We repeated this quite a few times. I think she knows she’s definitely allowed up the hill, but this lets her play with boundary-crossing and reconciliation.
    • After music class, we went to the museum with AO- and her grandma. Since her grandma couldn’t chase after AO-, we kept them company.
    • We bought a bag of Harvest Snaps snacks after a while of not having them around. A- said, “I want you to write my name on it.” She remembered when we accidentally bought two bags, and we wrote her name on one and W-‘s and my name on the other.
  • World
    • “We live in Canada. That’s our flag.”
    • A- was interested in sungka and pandanggo sa ilaw again.
    • A- wanted to go to the Ontario Science Centre instead of to the drop-in centre. She was fascinated by the conveyor belt in the construction area, and spent a while turning the wheel in order to bring blocks up our down.
    • While walking back from the playground, we saw someone tapping the maple trees for sap.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Productive 0.5 5.9 5.4 8.8 9.1
Unpaid work 4.5 5.5 1.0 8.1 1.6
Sleep 34.9 35.7 0.9 52.8 1.5
Discretionary – Family 5.0 4.9 -0.1 7.3 -0.2
A- 40.8 40.6 -0.2 59.9 -0.4
Discretionary – Social 1.2 0.0 -1.2 0.0 -1.9
Business 1.5 0.0 -1.5 0.0 -2.5
Discretionary – Play 3.2 1.2 -2.0 1.7 -3.4
Personal 8.5 6.2 -2.3 9.1 -3.9