Saturday, 19 January 2019

Now Parenting: Week 31

Sunday: Didn't fall asleep until after 1am. Awoken after 5am by crying for saline. Attempted sleep, checked upstairs 6am, resigned self to doing school work. Everyone awake 7:30am, so breakfast, etc and headed out for swim by 8:30am. Starfish Swim was a half hour from 9am (no photos), then on to weigh-in (10g only), home before 10:30am. With Alexandra for over three hours including snooze at the end. Managed a nap 2-3pm, then took down wreaths outside and did some school work. Called home before 5pm, snooze attempt failed, dinner after 6pm, crib attempt failed at 7:30pm, better by 8pm. Then nose issues 9pm, bottle issues before 9:30pm - I'm toast.
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Monday: Awake after 5 hours but managed to sleep another hour or so. Some school work, upstairs 6am to check in, Alexandra's been awake for a bit, shower then. Return 7am once exam is set, breakfast. Standard school, help at lunch (a student for the math puzzle I've never had says he thinks I'm a good teacher). Finalize things, home after 2pm for 90 minutes with Alexandra (including snooze) then back out to math meeting. Home again 7pm in time for tears (dinner didn't go great). In crib by 8pm as I handle dishes, dinner and recycling. Only one soothing issue, maybe because bear blanket is there? Downstairs shortly after 10pm, that's when she wakes up.

Tuesday: Close to 7 hours sleep? With Alexandra for an hour in the morning, then breakfast and standard school, plus help at lunch. Little one apparently slept a lot today (8am, to and from library) and was asleep when arriving home after 2:30pm, so Dad also slept for over 45 minutes. Then with Alexandra for almost two hours (including another snooze). Dinner after 6pm, I got the hiccups, that was hilarious for her. In crib after 7:30pm, some fussing before 9pm, otherwise did grading and fixed step counter. Downstairs after 11:30pm.

Wednesday: Awake after 3 hours because my bladder hates me. Then awake again by 5am because there's troubles upstairs. With Alexandra for 90 minutes (including snooze at the end) from before 6am. Drive-by breakfast (for me), standard school, prepped final items, cancelled yoga so was at Seussical rehearsal, home after 5pm when others were home too. (Alexandra had sign class, then movie, then spilling water in a restaurant.) Took Alexandra for a snooze, then dishwasher and dryer. Dinner after 6:30pm, fussing, so had it from Mom's lap. In crib before 8pm, two rough patches with the last at 10pm. Went to bed at midnight after grading.

Thursday: Little one slept until 3am! I got not quite six hours of interrupted sleep, with Alexandra for half an hour, then shower and breakfast and standard school. Tidied desk and final preps, rehearsal after school. Home before 5:30pm, almost immediately to a snooze, prolonged by bottle... and after over two hours, shifted to Mom. Tried to watch Trek's "Discovery" but TV is glitching (broken?), needed to cook dinner and do comic chat anyway. Alexandra woke back up at 10pm, to bed without bath, still asleep at 1am when musical counts were finished and I went downstairs.

Friday: 7 MONTHS. Woken up after less than 5 hours sleep. With Alexandra for not quite an hour from before 6:30am, breakfast, standard school, stayed for anime club. Then had to deal with "synch" issue that caused student to try and access account. Bank on the way home (need cheques), arrived after 2pm, crashed half an hour. With Alexandra for half an hour, then photos and learning signs with everyone, then another hour including snooze. After 5pm, put up a clock in little one's room. Also, snow outside. Dinner after 6pm, into crib after 7:30pm. Issues after 8pm, downstairs by 10pm. Upstairs briefly around 10:30.

Saturday: Less than six hours sleep, with Alexandra for half an hour after 5:30am but then needed help to clear her nose. Continued for two hours after that, including standard snooze, then breakfast, then crashed for an hour. Then out to meet friends. Back with Alexandra for a couple hours after noon. Then checking for window leak and down time. Tradeoffs after 4pm, and shopping, and crankiness aborting dinner at 6:30pm. In crib before 8pm. Two glitches after, while grading, nothing through 11pm.

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Item counts run Sunday (Jan 13) to Saturday (Jan 19).

Step Count 2017: About 53,400
Step Count 2018: Over 62,500 (14 stars).
STEP COUNT 2019: Over 67,700. 10 stars.

FROM 2017:
-Hit Post #300, did DITLife roundup, tried to fix posture issues.
FROM 2018:
-Hit post #400, many meetings and appointments, weirdly mellow.

SchoolMail 2017: 78 (3 sent)
SchoolMail 2018: 150 (22 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2019: 111 New (26 sent)
Now at DAY 88 -1(tornado). (Includes 2 PD Days.)


TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Finished setting both exams
 -Finished setting 4U test and 3M finance
 -Grading of all 3M tasks
 -Seussical rehearsal Wed & Thurs
 -Seussical Act 1 Comparisons
 -Seussical Act 2 Comparisons
 -Google/Gmail synch screwing things up
 -Started grading 4U tests

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Thursday Comic Tea Party Chat
 -Toyed with file from last April

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Swim lesson Sunday
 -Took down trees & exterior decorations
 -Math meeting Monday & Minutes
 -Brunch with friends Sat
 -Lotus Prince's "Deus Ex" (Parts 6-11)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Swim lesson, Math dept gathering.

REGULAR TO-DO LIST:
 -Recap for CanCon 2018
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials/comics (from ~May 2018)
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 6 (Break Shoot)

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Now Parenting: Week 30

Sunday: Soother in every main room now, btw, thanks to Christmas. Crying at 5am, never slept well after that. Tried grading, but heard fussing, so with Alexandra for 2.5 hours from around 6:45am (including snooze). Then back and forth to deal with dishes and breakfast, which was at 10am. Dealing with grading again by 11am, break in there for phone and departure, only drafts left to do by 1pm. Calm by the time I went to relatives for 6pm, snooze time upon arrival, dinner, home after 8:30pm. Caught up? Downstairs after 10pm.
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Monday: Woke up after 5:30am, so close to seven hours sleep. No one awake, did some non-school stuff, had Alexandra for about 15 minutes at 7am after shower, then breakfast, and on to standard school. Home for about 1:15pm, with Alexandra (including snooze), out again to get to dentist by 3pm. Another hour after being at home (with another snooze) to dinner at 6pm. The crib, though, took over half an hour to settle her down. Then issues an hour later. I'm out of it before 9pm.

Tuesday: Awake about 5:30am - but 8 hours sleep? No one awake, shovelled the driveway, then with Alexandra for half an hour until after 7am. Breakfast, left for school, returned to put on proper shirt, still made it on time despite terrible left turn into parking lot. Standard morning, help at lunch, prep afternoon, staff meeting. Home after 4:30pm, with Alexandra from 5-7:15pm including snooze and trip out to buy more food (Mom on conference call). Then dinner, etc. In crib before 9pm. Only one disruption, downstairs by 10pm.

Wednesday: Woke up usual time, over six hours sleep, did dishes. Alexandra slept 5 hrs straight from about midnight! With her for half an hour, breakfast, standard school, prep afternoon since yoga after school, shopping on way home. Home after 5pm then out for playgroup at 5:30pm! First to arrive, two others eventually came; played with changing colour cube, she knocked objects together (a 9 month thing), had a bit of bottle for snack, we did songs and there was a story about a monkey. Fun! Headed out about 7:15pm, home, immediately bath and bed routine. Settled briefly after 8pm, then everything went haywire a half hour later. Downstairs at 10pm.

Thursday: Awake after 5am hearing crying; with Alexandra for about 80 minutes from 6am, half of that being a snooze. Hurried out for standard school, help at lunch, some afternoon work, home after 2pm with a headache. Rested for a couple hours, then a couple hours with the little one (including snooze), dinner at 6:45pm. In crib about 8pm, though needed two resets by 9:30pm. Downstairs 10:30pm.

Friday: Dreamt my Dad was taking a last overseas trip, to Finland, which is also where Schrum was taking a music trip and one day crossed over? Sure. Awake before 5:30am, did some school work. Alexandra slept from 1am to 6:30am (!!). With her briefly, then breakfast, standard school plus anime club, and hurried home before 12:30pm so my wife could make an appointment. Little one snoozed for over an hour. (Have started humming songs to her again.) Bit of play, putting away holiday decorations, another snooze with me about 4pm, dealing with holiday lights, dinner at 6pm, in crib before 7:30pm. But by 8pm, much troubles with a stuck burp, an attempt at music, and eventually settled her. Went downstairs after 9:15pm.

Interlude: Falling asleep during a high school play - Lisa from high school was there? Then intermission, and looking at school which was at one time going to have an observatory? Shifted to sightseeing on a streetcar, up a hill. Then my grandparents were there, and we tried harmonizing. Woke up 5:30am.

Saturday: Awake 5:30am, no one else was, did some writing. Took Alexandra for over two hours after 7:30am (including snooze), then breakfast. With her again for two hours (including snooze) until 1:30pm, when we were at the mall for shopping - pants and a discount tree. Back home for 3pm and a third snooze. Then dishes, and discovering tree box was empty - back to store, home for 6pm. Dinner soon after, Alexandra in crib after 7:30pm following one false start. Attempted more writing - uninterrupted. Downstairs by 10pm; brief investigation upstairs after. And I&I results had me in the top 50% of entrants.

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Item counts run Sunday (Jan 6) to Saturday (Jan 12).

Step Count 2017: About 53,000
Step Count 2018: Over 70,400 (14 stars).
STEP COUNT 2019: Over 65,000. 10 stars.
I don't know when the last time was that I had fewer steps than the prior year.

FROM 2017:
-My physical health was questionable (arm tingles). I walked more.
FROM 2018:
-Generally caught up, much walking, comic motivation issues.

SchoolMail 2017: 50 (0 sent)
SchoolMail 2018: 107 (16 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2019: 70 New (18 sent)
Now at DAY 83 -1(tornado). (Includes 2 PD Days.)



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Finished grading 4U stat tests
 -Feedback on 4U rough draft summatives
 -Staff Meeting Tues
 -Seussical line counts/scenes
 -Adapting materials into financial task/review

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Thursday Comic Tea Party Chat
 -Wrote "Chanced Erasures" 14

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Sunday dinner with relatives
 -Dentist Apt
 -Playgroup with Alexandra
 -Took down Xmas decorations, checked lights
 -Shopping (including new tree confusions)
 -Lotus Prince's "Deus Ex" (Parts 1-5)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Swim lesson, Math meeting.

REGULAR TO-DO LIST:
 -Recap for CanCon 2018
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials/comics (from ~May 2018)
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 5 (ACS Standby)

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Now Parenting: Week 29

Sunday: Managed back to sleep until after 6am. (Dreams of diving to mystery ship became trouble with photocopier.) With Alexandra after about 6:45am for an hour, then started with car loading while Grandpa shovelled. Breakfast at 8am. (Included a look in the Santa, as with previous breakfast, as hadn't managed it the first night.) On the road just after 9am. At Nick's just before 10am, second breakfast.
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On the road around 11:30am, at Trenton for 1pm. Back on road after 1:30, mostly sobs through to Kingston, stopped at Cataraqui mall there. Food court lunch, little one fell asleep. Left just before 3:30pm, half hour later at last "on route" as she woke up. Left there after 4:30pm, even more sobs until at home after 6pm. Started bed routine. Paper books not so great, as she eats them (need thick pages). Dinner after 7:30pm, downstairs after 9pm.

Monday: Woke up before 6:30am, then had baby constipation issues. Early wheat breakfast. Took over at 7:15am for 4.5 hours, including standard snooze and cute sleep from 10am to 11:45am in my lap. Then dealt with ice, dishes, shower, shopping... home after 3pm. Passing of the little one, including a snooze with me ending at 5:30pm after company arrived. Started bath routine after 6:30pm. Managed to be asleep in crib by 8pm but only with music. Celebrations with relatives, champagne at 10pm, left after 11pm. Alexandra fussed 11:45pm, all together in bed before end of Flames game, bit of Nash, Happy New Year. Stayed upstairs.

Tuesday: Leg cramp 2:30am, Anne-Lise took watch 5:30am, woke after 7am. With Alexandra for just over 3 hours from 7:45am (two snoozes). Breakfast, finished dishes, called aunt, left for another gathering 12:30pm. Left there 3:30pm with the little one myself, snooze on the way home then later at home, overall just under 3 hours. Towards bath/bed before 7pm, success before 8pm, though one interruption to the "Doctor Who" episode. Headed downstairs after 10pm. Beat.

Wednesday: Woke after 5am from standard 6 hr sleep, decided to try and get some stuff done. Tricky change with Alexandra, with her for two hours (including snooze) from 6:45am. Back and forth for laundry and shovelling, after snooze they went visiting from 11:45am. They were back five hours later (some grading got done, plus got a new $10 at the drug store), in time for first attempt at dinner (crushed beef and sweet potatoes). She wasn't so sure about those. Vectored to bath before 6:30pm. Bed in about an hour but hiccup at 8:15pm. No music though! Tried story editing, downstairs 11pm.

Thursday: Dreamt was with math news again, had to hurry to catch train after talking with Schrum? Standard sleep. Both ladies of the house sick, with Alexandra from 7am to try and encourage more sleep. Ripped pants retrieving soother. She slept 2.5 hours after 8am, so it was worth it (had some micro sleeps where I dreamt she was awake and I was bouncing her on my leg). Some play on the mat, breakfast, out after noon, left little one with grandparents from 1pm to 3:45pm (saw "Spiderverse" with Anne-Lise, work plans fell through). Then tea and home for 5pm. Near choke of dinner before 6:30pm ended that quick, so bath and crib. Done before 8pm but much in and out between 9:30 and 10:30pm. Went downstairs an hour later.

Friday: Standard sleep for me, apparently really good sleep for the ladies. Alexandra slept until 7:30am. I only took her for half an hour, then breakfast and everything before our cleaning service came. More snow shovelling. 90 minutes with little one from 10:30am including standard snooze, then finished story edits. Out at 1:45pm to Doctor's, home again (solo) at 4pm, crashed for an hour. Out for dinner at 6:30pm, not home (with all) until 8:30pm, immediate bath/crib. (Trying with giraffe soother.) Then more fussing at 9:30, and 9:45, and I'm downstairs after 10pm, exhausted despite the nap.

Saturday: Heard something upstairs at 4:15am, otherwise got sleep. All still asleep after 6:30am, so graded papers, then with Alexandra for an hour. Breakfast after 8:45am, then out. Home by noon, de-icing driveway and grading, everyone else back 3pm, still grading. Was with little one for 90 minutes (including standard snooze), then dinner after 6pm. In crib before 8pm but disruption around 8:30pm (bracketed by minor issues). Caught some Nash, while grading, downstairs after 10pm. Sign language class may not have enough signups to run, that sucks.

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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 30) to Saturday (Jan 5).

Step Count 2016: About 52,000
Step Count 2017: Over 56,300 (14 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 64,750. 8 stars.

FROM 2016:
-Roundup posts, finally started tackling item backlog post-writing.
FROM 2017:
-Sick AGAIN, so was either moping or very busy doing things.

SchoolMail 2016: 5 (0 sent)
SchoolMail 2017: 17 (2 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 5 New (1 sent)
Holding at DAY 78 -1(tornado). (Includes 2 PD Days.)



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Finished grading 3M trig tests
 -Started grading 4U stat tests

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Drew, inked and coloured image for "Chanced Erasures"
 -Thursday Comic Tea Party Chat
 -Another 3,000 words (mostly addition revisions) for "Time Untied"

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Long (8+ hr) drive Sat (incl visit)
 -New Years Eve with relatives Mon
 -New Years visit with relatives Tues
 -Spiderverse movie with Anne-Lise Thurs
 -Snow/Ice shovelling (cumulative)
 -Alexandra checkup & vaccinations
 -Dinner with relatives Fri
 -Brunch with friends Sat
 -Lotus Prince's "Resident Evil Survivor 2" (current vid)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Dinner, Dentist, Staff mtg, Playgroup, exam setting, Sign class(??)

REGULAR TO-DO LIST:
 -Recap for CanCon 2018
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials/comics (from ~May 2018)
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 6 (Break Shoot)

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Now Parenting: Week 28

Sunday: Under 5h sleep, dreamt of deadly cruise ship. With Alexandra for 2.5 hours after 7am, including standard snooze. Breakfast, then resumed tidying up. Did get a quick nap after the (6kg) weigh-in, then time in the afternoon with the others away to actually play with my Wacom tablet. They returned (without car registration) after 6pm, bath and crib followed. Things were fine from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, then they were not. Settled again around 10:45pm. Downstairs at midnight.
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Monday: Standard sleep. (Dreamt I was back in time in my own body, before some natural disaster. No internet to look things up, also no beard. Shaved, and when returned, still no beard.) With Alexandra for 1.5 hours from 7am (including snooze), family breakfast with eggs (didn't seem thrilled), was with Mom again after 10am. Mostly back and forth during the day to allow for wrapping and tidying. Arrivals began after 5pm. Alexandra's gifts first, vectored to bed approaching 8pm. Awoke briefly 8:45pm, more persistently 10:45pm, then wouldn't return to sleep 11:45pm, eventually brought her out after midnight. Amazing gifts were had, one my wife autographed.

Tuesday: Back in crib sleepy at 1:45am. Downstairs, I'm too wired to sleep yet, coloured math characters, asleep after 3am. Awake before 7:30am, stumbled upstairs, Anne-Lise took first shift. Never quite asleep, took over from 9am-10:30am (including snooze for little one), then breakfast, then out to visit again. Again she snoozed with me 12:30-1pm, I headed back early... no snooze, published post. Tidied up with everyone after 2:30pm, collapsed for 30 min at 4:15pm (still failed to sleep), packed suitcases. Alexandra towards crib by 6pm, rough evening - ended up sleeping as long as music was playing? Woke as I went downstairs, 9:30pm.

Wednesday: Woke up before 6:30am, took Alexandra for a half hour from 7am, then breakfast and final loading of the car. Left 8:45am; service stop 10-10:45am; lunch stop 12:00-1:15pm. Then decided to drive through Toronto without an extra break, which caused much misery... two traffic slowdowns and 45 minutes on the Yorkdale exit I will never get back, as everyone apparently went for boxing day sales. Found a small mall off Jane St for a diaper change (apparently sketchy part of town?). Reached destination around 5:15pm. Dinner, much crying before 6:30pm led to starting bedroom routine then. Alexandra managed sleep at 7:30pm thanks to music, chatted with parents. Vectored back to room after 9pm, bed 10pm, awake by 11:30am for little one, who went next door.

Thursday: Took Alexandra for over an hour from about 6:30am including surprise standard snooze. Breakfast with her at the table 8am, on the road after 10am to my sister's. Stockings for kids in early afternoon, then standard snooze until close to 2pm, followed by presents. Went with a half hour walk with my Dad until 4pm. Dinner 5pm, more pass-the-munchkin. Left for home at 7pm after family photo time. Bedtime routine after she awoke upon our arrival, brief missing soother issues; asleep before 9pm. Bed myself a half hour later. Awake 11pm.

Friday: Awake 5am. (Dreamt about text D&D in the real world?) Took Alexandra for 2.5 hours from 6:15am. Breakfast for her at 9am, out with Grandpa for our breakfast (Grandma not feeling well) after her second snooze at 10am. Back about noon, got a couple hours to organize gifts/photos/files (hey, 10 subs on Tapas), then an hour to sleep. With little one from 3:30pm for a snooze, then some back and forth until dinner at 6pm. Vectored to bath and bed after 6:30pm (read a story, one they had here). In crib less than an hour later, though activity at 8:20pm and 9:20pm and... gave up 9:45pm.

Saturday: Strange dreams, but decent rest. With Alexandra from 6:30am to 9am, including standard snooze and fun with grandparents. Then breakfast with everyone. Managed to get some writing done during the day, along with meeting a friend for lunch from 12-1pm, and another standard snooze (process starting around 3:30pm). Dinner at 6pm, vectored to crib after 6:30pm, more difficulty getting her settled again. Down by 8pm, up after 9pm, then up again... 2:30am?!

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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 23) to Saturday (Dec 29).

Step Count 2016: About 36,000
Step Count 2017: Over 55,400 (19 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 56,400. 10 stars.
Fri/Sat were only 5,150.

FROM 2016:
-Was sick, but pleased by my writing of 2016.
FROM 2017:
-Getting over being sick, did art and writing, busy but not stressed.

SchoolMail 2016: 0 (0 sent)
SchoolMail 2017: 17 (2 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 3 New (2 sent)
Holding at DAY 78 -1(tornado). (Includes 2 PD Days.)



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 Nope. Really wanted to finish those 3M tests.

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Drew, inked and coloured images for Sequenced parody
 -Author Aside posting for math comic (incl. Tapas)
 -Wrote "Chanced Erasures 13"

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Hosting Xmas Monday
 -Visiting relatives Tuesday
 -Long (8+ hr) drive Wednesday
 -Second Xmas Thursday
 -Lunch with Mark in Georgetown Sat
 -Lotus Prince's "Snatcher" (Parts 15 & 16)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Car Trip, Dr Who special

REGULAR TO-DO LIST:
 -Recap for CanCon 2018
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials/comics (from ~May 2018)
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 5 (ACS Standby)

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Now Parenting: Week 27

Sunday: OMG, standard sleep. (Dreamt about parking metre issues at a writer convention?) With Alexandra for almost 3.5 hours from 7am, including snooze. (Incidentally, Anne-Lise figured out we were using the bottle warmer wrong.) Then morning meal, nose sucking, and second snooze at 11am - with Mom, so shower and stuff, woo. Out for weight check (13 pounds) and to find a filter for the vaporizer (no luck). Was with Alexandra for an hour, then my own snooze for almost an hour, eventually started bath process after 6pm. Dinner after 7pm, downstairs 10:30pm with still no outcry.
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Monday: Standard 6 hrs sleep. With Alexandra from 6:15am to family breakfast an hour later. Standard school, home by 2:30pm (still no filter). Alexandra time for over an hour when she sat up for at least five seconds unassisted, then asleep myself for half an hour. Out to dinner by 5:30pm, home just over an hour later for the new routine. She did another belly-like laugh when I floated her (a la Simba) after her bath. Cribbed by 7:45pm, I'm grading quizzes. Awake after 9:30pm but seems to be okay with going back to sleep in crib lately! Downstairs 10:30pm.

Tuesday: Standard sleep, plus creepy dream. With Alexandra for a little over half an hour from 6:30am, then photos, then breakfast, then standard school. Returned home for 1pm since Anne-Lise's night had been rough, to spend a couple hours with the little one again (including standard snooze). Left for staff holiday gathering, home again 6pm for bath and bed routine. Little one asleep for 7:30pm, I'm downstairs before 9pm, asleep not long after.

Wednesday: Seven hours sleep(!), awake 4:30am (dream about internet reviewer world) just in time for snot suck crying. Gave change and leftover bottle, helped soothe back to sleep. Had breakfast, read comic, took Alexandra for some time from 6:30am. Prepped for day, standard school, stayed for grading and yoga. Home before 5pm, over an hour with Alexandra, half that time being a snooze. Bath after 6:30pm, only an hour until she was in crib. Then emails, dinner, dishes, and garland hanging; downstairs before 11pm.

Thursday: Less than standard sleep, eventually went upstairs, had Alexandra for an hour before breakfast. Standard school, plus rehearsal after for assembly. (Haircut in the middle.) Then to store for hamper, home by 4:30pm, out to in-laws for visit and to get wife and little one. Home again 6pm. When little one wakes, vectored to bed, cribbed by 7:30pm. Timeless movie! Downstairs after 10:30pm, then upstairs for bottle, then downstairs again.

Friday: Standard sleep (hard to judge when waking in the middle), with Alexandra for an hour after 6am. After breakfast we all headed off to school! She slept for the first part, fussed when anyone else held her, but generally good. Had to do hampers, students had to write tests, rough drafts were submitted, holiday assembly where I had my math song and was part of the teacher song... very busy. Went to get Alexandra after 2pm, home by 3pm, asleep then awake, then asleep for an hour(!). Played for a couple hours after that including some mirror selfies. Anne-Lise back before 7pm, headed to crib. I went to bed around 9:30pm.

Saturday: Awake 3:30am for tears. Then with Alexandra for close to three hours after 7am, and the same after 11:15am. (Breakfast in between, tried grains. Also another hour sleep noonish!) Officially out of number 1 diapers and into size 2. Brief rest at 2:15pm but then back into issues with gifts and setting up the tree, etc. To Chapel St for 7pm, back home to get saline for screaming little one, waited in car as she dozed, upstairs after 8pm. More juggling. Back home after 10pm, then photo manipulations, downstairs 1am. GOD I hate Saturdays.

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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 16) to Saturday (Dec 22).

Step Count 2016: About 46,500
Step Count 2017: Over 70,900 (14 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 79,800. 10 stars.

FROM 2016:
-Was meeting deadlines amid chaos.
FROM 2017:
-Car repair issue, caught a cold, secret santa art sketches.

SchoolMail 2016: 54 (1 sent)
SchoolMail 2017: 134 (23 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 144 New (30 sent)
We have completed DAY 78 -1(tornado). (Includes 2 PD Days.)



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Looked over 3M & 4U quizzes
 -Graded more 4U articles
 -Started grading new 3M tests

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Finished "Sequence" (Sleigh Ride) song parody
 -Thursday Comic Tea Party Chat

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Staff Xmas gathering Tues
 -House decorating Wed/Thurs/Sat
 -Visit with relatives Thurs
 -"Timeless" movie on Thurs :)
 -Visit with relatives Sat
 -Lotus Prince's "Snatcher" (Parts 7-14)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -XMas, Car Trip, Xmas2, lunch w/ friend

REGULAR TO-DO LIST:
 -Recap for CanCon 2018
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials/comics (from ~May 2018)
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 7 (Starlight Breaker)

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Now Parenting: Week 26

Sunday: Again this week, Sunday seems to be a good sleep day. Dreamt some sort of elimination of contestants thing? Also was watching a DS9 episode in theatres with Avery Brooks there; related to a a panorama view at start and a dish including fois gras, but not an epic episode otherwise. Anyway, with Alexandra for over four hours from about 7:15am, including two snoozes. Out from noon to 2pm (little one has doubled her birth weight!). Grading. Snafu as it took 90 min after 4pm to get a snooze. (Also, head bump.) Called home, bath, dishes, dinner, Dr. Who finale, laundry, grading, general insanity. Towards crib still very sleepy, no story. To bed myself after midnight.
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Monday: Around 6 hrs sleep? (Let's call that standard.) Hurried out to take car via garage, slow leak in tire. Standard school, home before 2pm. Two and a half hours with Alexandra, including snooze, back out 4:30pm to get car and for COMA dinner. Back at 7:30pm, very awake munchkin due to TV volume problem. Half hour to reset for sleep, arm getting very tired. Then grading until after 10pm, vectored to crib, again very sleepy. Downstairs after 11:15pm.

Tuesday: Standard sleep. With Alexandra for half an hour for food, then standard school. Home just after 2pm, with her for half an hour, crashed for half an hour, then Alexandra time from 3:30pm to after 6pm. Decompress, dinner, doing grading, vectoring to crib after 10pm. Got in a story, downstairs, upstairs, downstairs again after 11:30pm.

Wednesday: She was in crib until after 3am! I dreamt Anne-Lise had called to me, went upstairs 4:45am, all was quiet. Back down. Morning was snow, giving bottle, and standard school. Stayed at school to finish grading and for yoga, met the family at Walmart across from movie after 4:30pm. Got munchkin spoons. Home, with me for over half an hour, and she's officially on Similac Stage 2. Some back and forth, with Mom from 7pm on. Towards bed at 9:45pm, stuffed nose, false crib (needed 8 ounces in total), downstairs after 11:15pm.

Thursday: Standard sleep. Maybe 20 minutes with Alexandra, then standard school. Left noon to get home before Anne-Lise's appointment. Went to playgroup but Alexandra was asleep, so didn't go in until 2:20 - and it was full, had to come home. Sadness. Gave her ball to play with, hour long actual sleep, then laughter videos made things better. Total of 4+ hours, then Mom was back. Eventually with just Mom by 5:30pm, towards room just before 8pm, in crib after 9pm. Finished comic chat, and was exhausted.

Friday: Went upstairs for second screaming around 4:30am, helped with bottle. (Had dreamt about comic chat characters.) Never fully fell asleep again, mentally drifted. With Alexandra for half an hour, standard school, then to St. Laurent for 2pm (via shopping) to see Santa (and do more shopping). Home after 3:30pm. With Alexandra for not quite two hours, had to put her asleep in crib to use bathroom, she woke up. Some back and forth, plus dinner and doing dishes, time by myself at 8pm. Vectored to room at 10:30pm, downstairs after 11:30.

Saturday: Went upstairs for the third screaming around 5:15am, to bottle and change. (Apparently Alexandra was good at falling asleep before 1am, then the cold got to her.) Again never fully asleep, had little one from 7:45am to almost 9:15am when she wouldn't sleep. Excitement after 10am though, with first attempt at a meal with solid food. Then 3+ hours with her before 11:30am, including two standard snoozes, one on the road. Took advantage of above zero temperatures to clean windows, lay down just after 3pm. Up again 4pm. Mini-bath 6pm, then major issues with breathing during feed, leading to internet searches, humidifier, propping up crib, etc. New sleep sack used (backwards). Alone time at 8pm again, managed to write the other half of "Epsilon". Stirrings from 10-10:30pm, then to bed.

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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 9) to Saturday (Dec 15).

Step Count 2016: About 58,600
Step Count 2017: Over 67,000 (14 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 76,000. 12 stars.

FROM 2016:
-Groaned about holidays breaking routine, tried to get ahead.
FROM 2017:
-Too busy before the holidays, Cappies mentoring, tried new phone.

SchoolMail 2016: 59 (0 sent)
SchoolMail 2017: 98 (18 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 87 New (12 sent)
We have completed DAY 73 -1(tornado). (Includes 2 PD Days.)



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Graded 4U short tests
 -Finished grading 3M tests
 -Revised quiz and test for 3M
 -Sorting/handling surveys for 4U

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Thursday Comic Tea Party Chat
 -Wrote "Chanced Erasures 12"
 -Started "sequence" song parody

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Craft Show shopping on Sun
 -COMA dinner meeting Mon
 -Shopping for little one Wed/Fri
 -Lotus Prince's "Eternal Darkness" (Parts 11&12), "Snatcher" (Parts 1-6)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Staff Xmas, AL parents in, Timeless movie, house decorating

REGULAR TO-DO LIST:
 -Recap for CanCon 2018
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials/comics (from ~May 2018)
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 5 (ACS Standby)

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Now Parenting: Week 25

Sunday: Another week starts with over 6 hrs sleep. Then Alexandra for 3.5 hours (to 11am) including two snoozes. Breakfast, removed slush in the rain, weigh-in, attempt at a snooze myself, grading. Made dinner 6pm, with Alexandra when she woke for half an hour before bath - with no tears! Huh. To bed after 10pm, managed crib after 11pm before I collapsed downstairs. She slept until 1:30am.
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Monday: Up by 6am, grading papers, leading into standard school. There until after 2pm, home after 3:30pm. Less than an hour with little one before fussing, with Mom from 5pm while dinner and more grading. To bed after 9pm. Downstairs by 10:30pm.

Tuesday: Much crying before 6am (and apparently at 12:30am) when breathing was difficult. Assisted, did grading, took Alexandra for over half an hour. Standard school, plus staff meeting. Home before 4:30pm. With little one for over 90 minutes from 5pm. Dishes, dinner (oven mess), somehow free time at 7:30pm. Towards bed after 10pm, false crib after 11pm, retry, downstairs after 11:30pm.

Wednesday: She was in crib until 3am! Standard school (on 6 hrs sleep), plus math help at lunch. To movies before 1pm for Ralph breaking Internet. Home, then back to movie to get tie. With Alexandra for about 2 hours from 4:15pm, then dinner. Towards bed 8:45pm, downstairs by 10pm, exhausted.

Thursday: Woke before 6am, did some writing. With Alexandra for half an hour, standard school plus test written at lunch. Home for 2pm to clean oven and tidy up. With little one when she got home, 3:45pm, including standard snooze... that led into sleep at 5:45pm lasting 90 minutes. Huh. Only Mom could quell the tears upon awakening. Dinner, comic chat, towards bed after 10pm, downstairs after 11pm.

Thurs/Fri Overnight: Bizarre dreams after wakeup before 5am. An admin boosts a post right before putting little one to bed, flooding my mentions; someone says Michael James (MJ) Miller now teacher in Ottawa; dad takes family for pretzels but Anne-Lise not in car; weird zoo/museum with exhibit/story of people in disaster who don't exist; woke to alarm. Random sidebar, realized protagonist for the Lotus Prince game I'm watching is also Alexandra.

Friday: Observed Alexandra pick up soother and pop in her mouth, woo. Standard school plus anime club, then a couple hours of dealing with MDM surveys. Via store on way home, not with little one until 4pm. Played with ways to handle teething, 100 minutes as Mom made dinner. Towards bed after 10pm, downstairs 11:30pm.

Saturday: Had dreamt of writing Riverdale stories from perspective of Svenson; also buying NaNo merchandise like a pillow cover? Awake before 6:30am. Rough night upstairs, with blocked nose. With Alexandra for almost three hours, including snooze and knocking her head into her chair (oops). Out for breakfast, then alone with daughter again for over two hours from noon. Tears subsided with checking out alarm clock, then eventually was granted a smile. Passed out at 2:30pm for an hour. Some back and forth after 6pm, and after 7:30pm. Attempted crib after 9pm. Then her cold woke her at 10:30pm. Today was a mess.

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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 2) to Saturday (Dec 8).

Step Count 2016: About 51,200
Step Count 2017: Over 62,300 (14 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 68,650. 10 stars.

FROM 2016:
-Trying to finish “Girl + Algebra” while baffled by darkness.
FROM 2017:
-Home life seems busier than work, wondering about my serotonin drugs.

SchoolMail 2016: 63 (0 sent)
SchoolMail 2017: 122 (23 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 99 New (22 sent)
We have completed DAY 68 -1(tornado). (Includes 2 PD Days.)



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Finished grading 3M tests
 -Graded 4U sampling
 -Graded 4U sources
 -Looked at 3M quizzes
 -Staff meeting Tues
 -Modified review and test for 3M
 -Created new 4U comparison Qs
 -Dealing with 4U surveys for teachers
 -Started grading new 3M tests

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Thursday Comic Tea Party Chat
 -Over 3,000 words on "Time Untied"; temporal fallout from bed.
   (nearing goal, as I'd counted "Epsilon" words in November)

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Does the movie count on Wed? (See also: Mashups.)
 -Brunch with friends on Sat
 -Lotus Prince's "Eternal Darkness" (Parts 1 to 10)

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -COMA meeting Mon. Playgroup Thurs. Holiday parody.

REGULAR TO-DO LIST:
 -Recap for CanCon 2018
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials/comics (from ~May 2018)
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 4 (Accel Shooter)