Day 284: Little Brother Pics

After school Madison headed to Nana’s for the afternoon. After lunch she played with her new Christmas puzzle, her baby and practiced finding her letters on the keyboard. When Mommy and Daddy picked her up after their appointment, Madison saw new pictures of her baby brother. Madison was very excited to show Nana and Mommy and Daddy were happy to report that baby #2 is doing great and is 30 weeks today!

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After dinner Madison spent some time with Emily. Madison had been asking about her all week so she was very excited when Emily arrived. They worked on all kinds of things while playing with her babies, kitchen, food and books in the basement. Monday nights are always a highlight for Madison.

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Day 283: Sunday Photo Fun!

After a night at light up the beach with Grandma and Grandpa Ambos, Madison headed home this morning for a special photo shoot. Mommy’s good friend Andrea visited and took lots of great pictures of Madison with Mommy and Daddy and with Mommy’s baby bump. It was so great seeing Andrea and having photos of our family before we expand to a family of 4. It was also great for Mommy to have some baby bump photos as they didn’t happen before due to how early Madison arrived. Thank you Andrea and thanks to you and Evita for these beautiful flowers!

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Madison spent the rest of her day hanging out with Daddy and Emily playing, doing a grocery shop, helping Daddy buy new shoes and then picking up Pizza and wings to watch the Grey Cup.

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Auntie Em also helped Daddy with the Christmas lights…they are up and ready for the holidays!20151129_192920

Day 282: Auntie Fun!

After a good sleep in, Madison spent the day with her Aunt Emily. They visited the mall to do some shopping and to visit Santa’s castle. She ate lots of Timbits and liked looking at all the giant reindeer. After the mall they went home to play while Mommy and Daddy worked on the nursery. Madi loves her Auntie time and down time on the weekends to veg and do whatever she wants.

Side note…the “terrible twos” are upon us. We dare you to say NO to our peanut.

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Day 281: A Great Afternoon Working Hard

After school today, Madison headed to Nana’s. She had a super long nap, a big lunch and then was off to physio at VV with Stephanie. Madison continues to impress everyone with her progress each week. Today Nana and Papa watched her practice her walking, squatting to standing, walking on the treadmill and independent standing. Madison loved the background music of jingle bells that Papa played for her. The most exciting activity was watching Madison independently go from sitting in her chair to standing up all by herself! She did it several times in a row and everyone was very proud of her. Mommy and Daddy were especially happy to see this skill developing as they are also seeing the transfer of it in other environments like at school and home. Seeing specific skills worked on at therapy being naturally transferred into real life situations is so rewarding.

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Day 280:Loving the Pool!

Madison had a great day! When school was over her teacher and volunteer were very excited to report on her progress with standing. After sitting in her chair during quiet time she stood up out of her chair all by herself and stood for a few seconds! They were very proud of her and we were excited to hear all about it.

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Madison was very happy to spend the afternoon with Pam and Medford. As soon as she got home she went over for some lunch, had a nap, watched Elmo and played. When it was time to leave she didn’t want to go home. Pam’s daughter Nicole gave Madison some very special stickers that she LOVED! A pack of Elmo stickers and Bubble Guppies stickers that she played with for most of the night.

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Madison ended her day at VV for a swim with Ryan. Tonight was her first lesson she was really excited for and had no issues at all. She was loud and bubbly and talking up a storm.  She was very silly which Ryan had not seen before so he found it pretty funny. They worked on floats,  bobs, walking up the ramp and trying to use her arms to pull the water while floating on her back. She did a great job!

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Day 279: So Much to Celebrate!

Today Mommy visited the last part of Madison’s Conductive Education class. It has been months since seeing the class and Madison did a fantastic job. She has made so much growth and is doing so well with all the different exercises and activities. She worked on her balance, independent standing, walking, core strength and fine motor skills. It was very exciting for Mommy to watch and see all the progress that has been made.

Day 278: Snow Day!

Madison and Daddy left for school at their regular time just like any other day. The problem was that most of the city had not put on their snow tires as of yet and with many road closures and icy roads they decided to head back home after driving for over an hour and only getting about 6km down the road. That meant a snow day! When Mommy woke up everyone went to the mall to visit with Santa. Madison was a little nervous but did much better then last year. No tears!

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After her visit with Santa, Madison headed home for a long nap. Later in the day she went to visit Kate at Grandview for some physio. She worked for an entire hour non stop and did a fantastic job. She worked on wall standing, walking up and down a ramp, walking on the treadmill and using the Kaye walker.

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Madison using her Kaye Walker

Madison reading with Mommy in the bath. She loves to finish each sentence in her baby book about being a big sister.