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Weekly review: Week ending February 22, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I tweaked my Emacs News workflow so that it was easy to browse links with eww while categorizing them, filter item titles to remove brackets, and skip links I don’t want to include.
    • W- fixed his car’s struts.
  • Us
    • I split my ROM membership with Rebecca from music class.
  • Gross motor
    • It turns out that the backyard can turn into a surprisingly serviceable ice rink even without any particular effort on our parts. A- insisted that W- get her skates from downstairs. She stood on the deck, pointedly staring, until the skates were brought. W- and I helped her start to learn how to skate in the backyard.
  • Fine motor
    • A- was curious about the sungkaan hanging on our wall, so W- dug up the bag of shells from one of our shelves and I taught her a little about playing. She patiently played through a number of long turns, picking up a handful and carefully distributing the shells one at a time with her other hand. Before she moved on to something else, she was sometimes able to drop one shell at a time from a hand with several shells.
  • Language
    • W- asked, “Milk or water?” A- said, “Milk forever!” W- said, “Are you nine years old all of a sudden?”
  • Music
    • A- liked the “Jack be nimble” game from music class, which teaches response inhibition. We jumped only when we got to the “jump” word in the rhyme, and we took turns.
  • Eating
    • A- discovered that she likes pepperoni.
  • Sleep
    • A- was resisting napping, so I lay on the couch and closed my eyes. She “read” a little out loud, then climbed onto the couch with me and fell asleep.
  • Emotion
    • A- used my drawing to talk about the different zones of regulation.
    • A- talked about how she likes to be in the yellow happy silly zone.
    • A- wanted to watch more videos, and she got a bit frustrated when I set the limit. She tried to hide my phone in her sweater and said she wanted it all to herself. But it didn’t escalate into a full-blown tantrum – wow!
  • Household
    • “I want to vacuum.” A- has gotten over her dislike of the vacuum cleaner and will happily vacuum if she has hearing protectors on.
  • Social
    • A- wanted to sign up for nature class, so I registered for some this spring.
    • A- enjoyed showing off to J-‘s friend. She liked hanging out in the kitchen and talking to J- and K-.
    • We had dimsum with W-‘s family. A- ate lots of everything, including three stalks of bok choy. She found the cashews I’d packed as an emergency snack for her, and insisted on passing it around via the lazy Susan so that everyone could take some.
    • A- liked walking to the museum with her friends from music class.
  • Pretend
    • A- seems more open to having a babysitter. She asked me to pretend to be a babysitter taking care of her.
  • Other
    • The forecast called for freezing rain and I still felt under the weather, so W- dropped us off at “school” and picked us up again afterwards.
  • Thoughts
    • I tend to overthink when I’m anxious about something, but I do actually find it helpful to get a better picture of the probabilities so that I can estimate the value of different choices.
    • I thought some more about having a babysitter. I’m tempted to have more focused time for consulting and skill development, and to set aside a little time for Emacs. But spending time with A- is also so much fun, so it’s hard to decide.
    • Definitely preferred having spent this day and yesterday with A- instead of having a babysitter, even though I was tired. It was fun listening to A-‘s made up songs and her joy about birthdays, appreciate her emotional growth, and indulge her flights of fancy.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Discretionary – Family 1.0 8.5 7.5 14.3 12.6
Sleep 30.2 34.5 4.3 58.0 7.3
Unpaid work 4.0 5.1 1.1 8.6 1.9
Discretionary – Play 5.5 5.2 -0.3 8.8 -0.4
Personal 10.4 10.0 -0.4 16.9 -0.7
Discretionary – Productive 6.6 2.1 -4.4 3.6 -7.4
A- 42.3 34.4 -7.9 57.8 -13.3

Weekly review: Week ending February 15, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I made a Tasker scene to simplify automating some things on my phone. It’s not pretty, but it works fine for me.
    • I updated my ledger, corrected the file to make it work with hledger, and added a git pre-commit hook to check if my ledger is valid before auto-committing.
    • I changed my Emacs News script to bypass Planet Emacsen and fetch the RSS feeds directly.
    • I tried exwm. I need to spend some more time getting used to it before I can make it my primary window manager.
    • I re-enabled backups on my VPS, since USD 2.50/month is a small price to pay for peace of mind while I don’t have the time to set up a better backup system.
    • I wrote some code to collect Emacs News entries by category.
  • Us
    • I dusted off my instance of Planet Emacsen and put it up at planet.emacslife.com .
    • I bounced around a few Emacs conference ideas with people who might help organize one.
    • I spent some time reviewing a paper for the European Lisp Symposium. I’m starting to make my peace with being a naive, optimistic outsider. I still feel a little guilty that papers who got me as a reviewer won’t get as much in the way of expert critique, detailed reviews, or literature suggestions, but maybe other people can handle that.
    • I chatted with my mom about remembering long-term goals.
    • We started watching Ramen Heads, a documentary about ramen. We let A- watch it with us.
    • Fuzzy squash soup, Hainanese chicken, and bok choy
  • Gross motor
    • A- liked throwing paper airplanes.
  • Sensory
    • A- wanted to go sledding, so we went to the drop-in centre for a few turns.
    • A- wanted to help change the bedsheets. Of course, her idea of helping involves climbing up the mattress and asking W- to bounce her down.
  • Language
    • “I officially ate all the chicken. I didn’t share any with the cat. I kept track of it. Totally cool.”
    • A- was crawling up the stairs, and our cat Luke was in front of her. She said, “Why he always in my way?”
  • Music
    • A- made up a song. “Once there was a Neko, a Neko, a Neko. Once there was a Neko who needed wet cat food. So I brought her some, I brought her some, I brought her some. There was a Luke and Leia, Leia, Leia who needed dry cat food. So I brought them some, I brought them some, I brought them some. I feeded them.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- played the stop and go game. She asked me to say “stop” and “go” while she danced.
    • A- dawdled on the way to music class, distracted by the snow and ice along her way. I was okay with taking our time exploring the world instead of rushing to music class, but I didn’t want her to be upset about missing music class accidentally. I reminded her that she was choosing between playing with ice or getting to music class on time and that it was okay to choose either, as long as she knew what she was choosing. She focused on getting to music class, and we got there during the initial warm-up / free play time.
  • Eating
    • Sopa de pat: W- added watercress, which A- really liked.
    • Hainanese chicken rice: Added lemongrass, incorporated ginger and garlic into the rice, and added extra water and steaming time. A- ate two and a half drumsticks.
    • A- liked the egg whites that I beat until frothy and fried in a pan. She had five egg whites
  • Emotion
    • I started teaching A- about the zones of emotional regulation. We talked about being in the green zone and being in the blue zone. She picked it up pretty quickly.
    • Talking A- through imagining things she was anxious about seems to have worked! Baby dolls used to make her very anxious, but this time she was able to come close to one with me and watch me play with it.
    • We talked about emotional regulation some more. I took notes by drawing some of the things that put us in different zones and what we can do to cope.
    • A- needed help calming down after being frustrated and overtired.
  • Household
    • A- wanted to make a dress, but I talked her down into making a shirt like mine instead. She picked out the fabric from my stash. I made a pattern using some of her big drawing paper, and then I sewed the shirt. She was so excited to try it on that she didn’t want to change back to her old shirt after the first fitting. Instead, she stood there shirtless while I finished the sleeves and the hem. We were both tickled pink to have matching shirts. I think snow days and sick days will be good opportunities for projects like that, so I should always have elastic on hand.
    • Snow day (and still sniffly), so we made another matching outfit. This time, she wanted a dress with longer sleeves. Trying to teach her how to use the serger was a bit too harrowing (we broke two needles), so maybe that will have to wait for later. Anyway, I learned how to flatlock!
    • A- got a little upset when I went ahead and flipped the laundry because she wanted to do it. I moved the clothes back to the washer, and she had lots of fun proudly moving the laundry to the dryer.
  • Social
    • A- sang her cat food song for Lola. She also pretended to make and serve mushroom soup, hot chocolate, and water.
    • A- likes to pretend that she doesn’t know how to clap her hands so that we can teach her how to do so. She laughed so much when W- pretended to teach her while occasionally getting it wrong.
  • World
    • A- was interested in the earth, the sun, and the moon. We talked about how the earth moves around the sun and how the moon moves around the earth, showed the motion using different models, and painted the earth and sun models from the solar system mobile that Lolo and Lola gave her.
    • We melted broken crayons to make crayon hearts. A- was curious about melting. I think I heated it too long, since the wax separated from the pigment. If we’re well enough to go to school this week, we can give some to the drop-in centre teacher as a Valentine’s gift. We have lots of crayons from J-‘s stash, so we can make even more.
    • A- was interested in the solar system, so we assembled the mobile that her Lolo and Lola gave her.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Personal 4.2 10.4 6.2 17.5 10.5
Discretionary – Productive 2.3 6.6 4.3 11.0 7.2
Discretionary – Play 1.5 5.5 4.0 9.2 6.7
A- 38.8 42.3 3.5 71.1 5.9
Discretionary – Family 0.8 1.0 0.3 1.7 0.5
Business 1.2 0.0 -1.2 0.0 -2.0
Discretionary – Social 2.3 0.0 -2.3 0.0 -3.9
Unpaid work 9.6 4.0 -5.6 6.7 -9.4
Sleep 39.3 30.2 -9.2 50.7 -15.4

Weekly review: Week ending February 8, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I tweaked the margins for the book about A- turning three years old, and I learned how to use pdfjam to make booklet signatures. So much easier than my old workflow! This should let me make longer books at home, too.
  • Us
    • I learned how to use my serger to make a rolled hem. The serger made working with chiffon really easy. I accidentally bent a needle, but no one got hurt.
    • It was a good thing I decided to practise baking cakes before A-‘s birthday party. The first cake was too wet because I misinterpreted the recipe. The second cake stuck to the pan. For the third cake, we lined the cake pans with parchment paper, and it turned out perfect. Yay!
  • Gross motor
    • Jen suggested going to a nearby indoor playground which E- had previously enjoyed. Even though it was busy, there was enough space for us to play. A- insisted on being close to either me or Jen, so we explored the structure together. She liked the big slide, the space shuttle, and the ball pit. We had sushi afterwards, and A- ate quite a few pieces. I think it would be nice to make this part of our routines.
  • Fine motor
    • A- made a playdough cake with three candles.
    • A- said she was writing “Happy Birthday.” Her scribbles went from left to right, up and down.
  • Language
    • “W- Y-, what are you doing?”
  • Music
    • A- got captivated by the window display at the music store. We stood there for a long time, talking about ukuleles and pianos and playing music. I had been thinking about what kind of instrument might be good for her to start exploring, since she doesn’t yet have the coordination for the ukulele or recorder. The salesperson showed us a small melody harp and a glockenspiel. A- was really drawn to the small Schoenhut baby grand piano, though. “It’s tiny. Just the right size for me,” she said. She played with it for a long time. I told her I’d talk to W- about whether we could get something like it.We discussed it over dinner. I liked that the baby grand piano wasn’t electronic, but I wish it had better sound quality. Also, it required too much dedicated floor space. We talked about getting a small electronic keyboard, but the ones we looked at had too many functions and we weren’t keen on some of the features. We even discussed getting a MIDI keyboard and using a Raspberry Pi computer as a synthesizer. In the end, we decided to keep things simple and take advantage of what we already have. A- knows how to climb up on the piano bench, turn the piano on and off, and press the keys, so we can start with that.

      I’d like music to be a fun part of our lives. It’s nice to be able to pick out melodies on the keyboard or the ukulele, and maybe she can learn something like that too if she wants. We’ll see!

    • In music class, A- volunteered to be the teacher’s partner for a few songs. Yay!
  • Self-care and independence
    • We went to Webb Ocular for a checkup. A- was still a little scared of Mr. Webb, but looking forward to the toy chest helped her stay calm. She picked a pretend microphone immediately. At home, she played with it a little before agreeing it was something for the donate pile.
    • A- picked out her outfit today. Her floral dress and yellow rain pants happened to match a public art installation perfectly.
    • A- wanted to wear two ponytails. She enjoyed wearing a sweater that matched mine.
    • A- was curious about microphthalmia, so we flipped through Clinical Ocular Prosthetics.
  • Eating
    • “Hey, I really do like this salsa.”
  • Emotion
    • After going to the supermarket with W-, we went to the library. We didn’t get there in time for the drop-in centre, though, so A- was a bit disappointed. She had been looking forward to going there, but we had gone on so many other adventures already that afternoon.
    • A- and I talked about swimming, since we won’t be going swimming for the next few weeks. She pretended to go swimming in our room.
  • Social
    • A- taught E- the line “Yes, no, maybe so?” They sat in the kids’ chairs. E- asked, “Yes, no, maybe so?” A- enthusiastically said “Yes!” They repeated this many times.
    • We had Jen, Ewan, and E- over for dinner (pizza, Brussels sprouts, soup, bread, sweet potatoes, cake). The kids played with toy tools and blocks in the living room while we chatted in the kitchen. They had lots of fun making each other laugh. I shared the toum I made. W- and Ewan had an impromptu knife sharpening session. Jen played the piano. It was awesome.
    • We went to a fabric store to buy some chiffon for making square scarves for peekaboo and dancing. A- learned about the process of picking out fabric. She tapped my credit card on the terminal to pay for it. We were about to walk away, but she remembered to get a receipt too.
    • A- repetitively looked at the clock and then pounced on me. This amused her a lot.
    • A- insisted on checking out the books herself. She said, “I want to practise talking to the librarian.” The librarian walked her through the process of checking out.
    • A- went to the kitchen, said “Ha ha,” and did something close to jazz hands.
    • We had a birthday party for A- with just W-‘s parents and one of A-‘s uncles. A- loved showing them stuff, and she entertained them while W-, J-, and I prepared the food. A- ate cake and enjoyed playing with her presents.
  • Pretend
    • A- pretended to be a music teacher, showing E- how to sing “Popcorn” and “Someone is Hiding” with the scarves. She also sat in a chair and pretended to read a book to us, holding the book facing out just like at circle time.
  • Cognition
    • “I’m making a line.” A- lined up several Duplo fences.
  • World
    • We went to the museum to look at dinosaur skeletons. A- was also interested in the mastodont skeleton.

Blog posts

Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 34.2 39.3 5.2 66.1 8.7
Discretionary – Social 0.0 2.3 2.3 3.9 3.9
Unpaid work 8.0 9.6 1.6 16.1 2.7
Personal 3.9 4.2 0.2 7.0 0.4
Business 2.1 1.2 -0.9 2.0 -1.5
Discretionary – Productive 3.3 2.3 -1.0 3.8 -1.7
A- 40.2 38.8 -1.4 65.2 -2.3
Discretionary – Family 3.0 0.8 -2.2 1.3 -3.8
Discretionary – Play 5.3 1.5 -3.8 2.6 -6.3

Weekly review: Week ending February 1, 2019

Catching up after some time without weekly reviews! The week ending Feb 1 was a good one for learning how to deal with emotions.

  • Kaizen
    • I’ve been having a hard time finding library books on certain topics, so we went to Parent Books instead. I asked lots of questions about useful resources to help me appreciate all the cool stuff A- is learning, and the shopkeeper helped me find a few books on cognitive development, nature education, and pedagogical documentation. I added a book on joyful toddlers too, since the library didn’t carry that title. Looking forward to learning!
  • Us
    • J- installed a new set of blinds with a little help from W- and A-.
    • We spent some time turning fluffy fleece remnants into matching hats for A- and me. There was just enough left over to make a neck gaiter, which A- immediately laid claim to.
  • Fine motor
    • A- proudly showed me that she could roll her tongue. (“Taco tongue,” she calls it.)
    • We wrapped a couple of long-overdue gifts for M-. A- helped tape down the wrapper. After we put the gifts away, A- pretended to wrap other things.
    • J- placed two googly eyes on the fuzzy white scarf. A- liked how it looked, and suggested putting them on A-‘s hat. I said we could glue it on after dinner. She disappeared for a bit and came back proudly wearing the hat with the googly eyes that she had glued on by herself. “I look like a bear,” she said.
  • Sensory
    • W- took A- sledding to the supermarket. We hitched the sled up to the bicycle rack and went in. A- loved it. I was tickled pink.
    • A- and our cat Leia had lots of fun catching bubbles.
    • Sledding was a handy way to get around in the snow.
    • We braved the cold! We were the only ones in the kids’ swimming pool. A- liked floating in a vest, paddling towards me, and switching her legs back and forth. She also liked walking and jumping without the vest on. She went under the water. I pulled her up right away, and she clung to me for about five minutes.
  • Language
    • “Fresh fried fish fritters?” said W-. “Filling!” said A-.
    • We made another quick book, this time about making popcorn.
    • A- woke up asking questions about anesthetists. She also liked practising pronouncing anesthesia and anesthesiologist.
    • W- asked, “How long have these carrots been in your bag?” A- replied, “Years and years now.”
  • Self-care and independence
    • A- found her pair of sandals and practised using the Velcro buckles all by herself.
    • A- fell down and cut her lip. She calmed down after a long snuggle.
    • A- said she had a headache, and she spent a long time chewing on her gum massager before going to sleep.
  • Eating
    • Chicken pot pie: Just had the crust.
    • A- was in the middle of eating her favourite chocolate energy bar when she noticed that I was wolfing down the rice and fishcakes I brought for our lunch. She reached out for it and insisted on having some.
  • Emotion
    • When A- saw another kid bring a baby doll over, she hid in my arms and clung to me tightly. Eventually, when she calmed down enough to talk, she told me, “I want to watch real babies, not pretend babies.” Later on, I guided her to imagine us looking at and then playing with baby dolls, in case that might help with desensitization.
    • A- had a tantrum, and I needed to pry the scissors away from her. She calmed down after I sang silly songs.
    • A- tumbled down the stairs and bruised her face. She was definitely upset, but it was amazing to watch her calm down after lots of snuggling. Coregulation is pretty neat!
    • A- patiently waited for three crowded streetcars to go by before we managed to fit our stroller on another one.
  • Household
    • Big snowstorm. A- helped W- shovel. The snow piles were almost as tall as she was. She loved climbing up and sliding down.
    • “Can we make a cake, please?” “After dinner. We need to eat first.” “I can do it myself.” A- pushed her platform next to the counter, climbed up, and opened a bag of flour.
    • We made a practice birthday cake. A- had fun sifting the flour. She kept making snowballs with the flour, so I think we sifted it six or seven times…
  • Social
    • W- toasted two pieces of bread and spread peanut butter on them so that he and A- could have an evening snack. He said to A-, “Which one did you want?” “Just the two.” He repeated his question a couple of times, getting the same answers. Then A- clarified: “I want to make a sandwich.” He gave her both pieces, and she put them together.
  • Pretend
    • After reading “I Love You, Little Pookie,” A- dressed up as a tiger and enjoyed hunting and roaring.
    • A- and I had a long, imaginative discussion about what it would be like if there were many daddies, mommies, and A-s.
  • Cognition
    • A- followed along when I asked her to imagine different scenarios with baby dolls. She laughed at the silly ones and gradually became more comfortable with the challenging ones.

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Time

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 31.0 34.2 3.2 57.4 5.4
Discretionary – Family 0.5 3.0 2.5 5.1 4.2
Discretionary – Play 4.7 5.3 0.6 8.9 1.0
Discretionary – Productive 2.7 3.3 0.6 5.5 1.0
Discretionary – Social 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Unpaid work 8.2 8.0 -0.3 13.4 -0.4
Business 3.1 2.1 -1.0 3.5 -1.7
Personal 6.7 3.9 -2.8 6.6 -4.6
A- 43.0 40.2 -2.9 67.5 -4.8

Weekly review: Week ending January 25, 2019

  • Kaizen
    • I worked on slowly updating Quantified Awesome to use more recent libraries.
    • I used some trigonometry to automate clicking based on clock position.
    • After some experimentation, we determined that popcorn was best popped in a bag (versus popping it in a container in the microwave or popping it in a pot on the stove).
  • Us
    • I talked to a nurse at the drop-in centre about independence and child development.
    • We made up this song: “There’s a booger in your nose, in your nose. There’s a booger in your nose, in your nose. There’s a booger in your nose. Leave it there because it’s gross. When it’s private, you can go and pick your nose.”
    • W- got a wireless access point for J-‘s room.
    • My mom asked me to look into the longevity of Duratrans in museum conditions.
    • I made honey soy tofu and a bunch of other vegetable side dishes.
  • Gross motor
    • A- insisted on going to the library before school. She walked lots of places.
    • Lots of running! A- liked running up and down the hall outside music class.
    • After swimming, A- wanted to spend some time playing in the playground, even though it was cold. She liked going down the slides.
    • A-‘s been working on walking farther. She walked from the dollar store to library, and she also walked home.
    • A- liked jumping up and down inside the swimming pool. She was also interested in floating and paddling with the help of the Puddle Jumpers.
  • Sensory
    • We pulled A- around in a sled just outside the house. It was fun.
    • I pulled A- in a sled up and down a small hill at the drop-in centre. She loved it.
  • Language
    • “I’m just sending a text to Lola.”
    • “It’s so nice and quiet here.”
    • A- was having a hard time unbuttoning her shirt. W- said, “Oh, buttons are frustrating.” A- said, “But I know I’ll live.”
    • A- started singing the counting song in Cantonese and Tagalog.
    • I was talking to A- about getting her own library card for her third birthday. I told her that we didn’t have space yet for a hundred books in the bookshelf downstairs. (Right now, we’re maxing out at 50 items.) She said, “Necessary.”
  • Music
    • A- actively participated in music class, and ran up to the teacher to give her a hug even before the teacher had finished singing the goodbye song.
  • Eating
    • A- ate so much popcorn that she didn’t have a big appetite for lunch.
    • I made mini meatloaves, which turned out to be much more convenient than meatballs.
    • Hainanese chicken rice: Added lemongrass. Yum! A- liked the chicken.
  • Social
    • A- was very interested in talking to the parent support worker at the drop-in centre, even moving her seat beside her at lunch. She played next to other kids while I asked other parents about preschool.
    • There was a pretend post office station at the drop-in centre. A- enjoyed writing letters, putting them in envelopes, sticking stamps on, and sending them to me. I also sent her a few letters. She wanted to send letters to Lola and W- too.
    • A- liked playing a game of hatching things. W- and J- hid different objects inside the pomelo peel, and A- opened up the pomelo peel to discover what was there.
    • A- was play-acting during dinner. She turned to W- and said, “Hi! I’m A- and this is Sacha. Nice to meet you!” She even gestured at me.
    • “What’s W-‘s middle name?” “Are you ready for this? It’s J*.” “Hmm.”
  • World
    • A- discovered the joys of sitting by the window and eating popcorn.
    • A- really wanted to go to the museum, so we headed home after music class to pick up my membership card and then headed back. She was interested in brushing sand off pretend dinosaur bones in the Discovery Gallery, and she also liked looking at the dinosaur skeletons. We checked out the Zuul exhibit, which was pretty cool.

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Time

… and we’re back to burning the midnight oil so that I can do some consulting and other things.

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Personal 3.5 6.7 3.2 11.3 5.3
Business 0.0 3.1 3.1 5.2 5.2
Unpaid work 6.2 8.2 2.0 13.8 3.4
Discretionary – Family 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.9 0.9
Discretionary – Productive 3.2 2.7 -0.5 4.5 -0.8
Discretionary – Play 5.4 4.7 -0.7 8.0 -1.1
A- 44.0 43.0 -0.9 72.3 -1.6
Sleep 37.7 31.0 -6.7 52.0 -11.3

Weekly review: Week ending January 18, 2019

  • Us
    • My back hurt from carrying A- and the swimming gear.
    • W- and I watched Bridget Jones’ Diary again.
  • Gross motor
    • We had a full day of gross motor activity. We found an indoor drop-in centre with tricycles, balls, and a slide. After A- had fun there, we went swimming. She napped while I carried her to visit a friend’s house 2 km away.
  • Language
    • “I’m imagining myself growing in Mama’s sweater.”
    • “Mama, say, ‘Where did you go?'” “Where did you go?” “I put on my snowsuit.” A- put on her snowsuit all by herself in order to roleplay Merry Christmas, Little Pookie.
    • “Am I driving you crazy?”
  • Music
    • E- sang Itsy Bitsy Spider around 6 times, getting progressively louder and louder. Jen and I were very amused. A- started singing it too. We taught them the Great Canadian Spider variation.
  • Self-care and independence
    • After snack at the drop-in centre, A- carefully put her plate and cup in the garbage.
  • Eating
    • Maple-glazed peameal bacon: Less salty than regular ham.
    • Chicken pot pie with lard crust: We used this crust again, with an egg wash on top. It worked out all right. I thickened the filling with butter and flour.
    • Chicken piccata: Tangy. A- helped dredge the chicken and taste the sauce.
  • Sleep
    • A- was overtired, so W- rocked her to sleep.
  • Household
    • A- noticed that the brown sugar jar was empty. “We need sugar,” she said. She fetched the bag of brown sugar that I’d completely forgotten about and started refilling the jar.
    • A- helped me make oatmeal cookies.
    • W- bought A- a small red shovel. She loved using it to move snow.
  • Social
    • W- played with A- while Lola watched over Facebook chat.
    • “What’s in the bag, A-?” “Luke!” “You managed to get a cat in the cat bag?”
    • At the drop-in centre, A- played beside another kid. They pretended to clean the centre.
    • A- made a Duplo chocolate cake with a candle, and she sang Lola (advanced) happy birthday.
    • Back to music class after a long break. A- spent most of the class clinging to me.
    • We visited Jen and E-. A- was more interested in playing with Jen or with E-‘s toys than with E-, but they’re probably a bit young for that anyway. Both E- and A- were delighted by the squeaky skunk puppet that Jen used. Jen and I chatted about crafts, boundary-testing, and other parenting topics.
    • Jen redirected E- to spray instead of playing in the kitchen sink, and I nudged A- to wipe with a towel. The combination worked pretty well.
    • I asked A- to tell J- and W- that dinner was ready, which she did with great enthusiasm. W- was in the bathroom, so she stood outside the door and kept saying “Dinner is ready!” until he came out.
  • Pretend
    • A- really wanted to go outside, so I helped her into her snowsuit and asked her to stay on the deck while I watched her from inside. There was no snow, but she had lots of fun pretending to make snowballs and throw them at me.
    • A- brought a cup, a stick, some tape, and a jingly ball upstairs. W- helped her make a bell, which they taped to the wall and used for some pretend play.
  • Cognition
    • A- wanted to go with W- to buy a kid-size shovel after breakfast, but we helped her realize that could mean missing swimming.
  • World
    • “Can we try turning it off and on again?”
  • Thoughts
    • “Learning Through Play in My Own Way” has a matrix of skills.

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Time

More sleep this week because A- got more sleep too. I wasn’t sure whether she was just settling early for a nap or going for a long sleep, so I slept along with her just in case.

Category The other week % Last week % Diff % h/wk Diff h/wk
Sleep 31.1 37.7 6.5 63.3 11.0
Discretionary – Play 3.8 5.4 1.6 9.1 2.7
A- 43.9 44.0 0.1 73.9 0.1
Discretionary – Productive 3.8 3.2 -0.6 5.4 -1.1
Personal 4.8 3.5 -1.2 6.0 -2.1
Unpaid work 8.3 6.2 -2.1 10.4 -3.6
Business 4.2 0.0 -4.2 0.0 -7.1