Saturday, 8 September 2018

Now Parenting: Week 12

Sunday showed a gain of 7 ounces plus tips on breastfeeding... and was a fairly relaxing day overall? Bath time tears was the worst of it. Monday, OH boy. After failing to get Alexandra to sleep after her 3am feed (Mom took over), Dad handled her from 8:00 to 9:30am. Then we headed to the Labour Day parade at 10:45. She fell asleep during her first bus ride.
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She was still asleep when we got there. Then she filled a diaper, so into City Hall for a change. Then the marching, and she was hungry, so Anne-Lise made a bottle and Dad got the wee one out of the stroller to eat. The mechanics of trying to have a blanket to put over her (it was humid as heck) caused a trade-off, and a trade-back. Basically, LOTS of activity, but by the time we reached the end she was asleep in her stroller again. Oy. We got our corn and headed home, arriving at 2pm just before the rain.

Then Justin Ferns came by a bit before 3pm to pick up Uncle Steve’s camcorder, and Jose and Cecile came around 4:30pm to check in. Alexandra was put to bed not long after 10pm, with the parents following an hour later. I was semi-awake overnight as Anne-Lise did the feeding (and second bottle), was up by 6:45am, took the wee one for 15 minutes as Mom had breakfast and got settled, then by 7:45am it was off to school.

Right, teaching, Day 1. That happened, plus a bit of socialization, and prep work, got home just after 3pm. Jose had taken Alexandra for a walk that morning; Dad took her after 4pm for a feed and some play, Mom made chicken dinner. Snooze-time didn’t go too well but tradeoffs worked out; Mom had also figured out that a butt wiggle can help keep wee one latched on. By contrast, Wednesday was terrible. Forgot my duty, missed an attendance, and removing files for the new semester took longer than hoped.

Anne-Lise, meanwhile, had gone to Jose’s because of the plumber still being there. I went home first, but when I tried to join at 4:30pm after the storm, the car battery was dead. Jose had to come and jump start me, then I drove for 40+ minutes, ending back at Jose’s around 6pm for dinner at this point. It was swelteringly hot, which made things awkward for the wee one too. Dinner at 7:15pm, Alexandra was almost screaming an hour later, we headed out, needed to jump the car again. She finally slept in Dad’s arms for a half hour after being back home. Everyone was in bed before 10:30pm.

Thursday woke up at 6:30am anticipating the car wouldn’t work (yup, took a cab). Teaching went better, had a massage after lunch to loosen up my right leg issues and got some stretching exercises. Then I decided to try the bus system, 30 mins to walk to Place, then a 91 bus where I got to ride up top, then a transfer immediately to a 7 at St. Laurent just after 2pm, which shouldn’t have been possible, but the 91 was early. Arriving home, guy across the street was getting out of his car, he gave me a boost (Jordan from Hamilton). So car got to the mechanic’s without CAA, and I had my daughter in my arms by 3pm.

I was more exhausted than anything by 10:30pm that night. A couple hours with the wee one, cooking dinner, doing the comic chat, just flattened me. Woke up at 6am and did the dishes since I was worried about that and everything else (like toting texts for Data). Morning of teaching was okay, some anime people came by at lunch, car just needed a new battery. Got a haircut on the way home, crashed for half an hour, then munchkin time. She slept from 8pm to 9:30pm, elongating actual sleep past 11pm, oops. Also caused a wakeup at 12:15am before the 4am one.

Alexandra did wake up again at 5:30am and Anne-Lise played with her, Dad took over around 9:30am and eventually had her for two hours while Mom went to her class. He accidentally clipped her leg in the chair and there was heartache. Later Mom went to Jose’s (long walk proved better on uneven grass than gravel), and Dad tidied up his life before dinner. After dinner, “Back to the Future” at Beechwood Cemetery, though Alexandra didn’t like the crowd; Jose hung back with her in the stroller to sleep. Saw the big dipper, possibly a shooting star, and there was applause when Biff got KOed. Half asleep munchkin drank 4 ounces when we got home and (stayed?) passed out.

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

Step Count 2016: About 49,000
Step Count 2017: About 69,800 (14 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 72,700. 10 stars.
Lowest was 8000 on Friday.

FROM 2016:
-CanCon 2015 posts, as CanCon 2016 began.
FROM 2017:
-Returned to work, spent most evenings dealing with CompSci.

SchoolMail 2016: 57 (1 sent)
SchoolMail 2017: 79 (16 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 96 New (14 sent)
We have completed DAY 4.

 -Labour Day Parade Monday
 -Removing/Archiving old upload files for courses
 -Devising a plan and new slides for 3M
 -Created sample Media assignment (doing it different)
No TC this year, and I’m trying to do a math puzzle of the week. Also, instead of “any questions?”, “someone ask at least one question about this”.

 -Summary “Summer 2018” post
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat

 -Baby Weigh-In & Advice Sun
 -Tidied up home computer files (esp. school)
 -Massage Wednesday
 -Car Battery Replacement (issues Wed/Thu/Fri)
 -Dinner with family Wed
 -Haircut Friday
 -Dinner with family Sat
 -“Back to the Future” movie with family Sat
 -1+ Chapters of “Raising Your Spirited Child” (pg 312-350)
 -Caught up with AT4W + Lotus Prince’s “Q&A” (2013 & 2018)

 -Brunch Sun, COMA Mon, Staff Tues, Mac Appt Sat.

 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 5 (ACS Stand by)

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