Today was Madison’s first official day of her winter break. The day started with a physio session with Stephanie at VV bright and early. She continued to work on her independent standing with her ski boots and she also tried doing some reaching and cross body activities while standing in the boots. She also walked to the treadmill and back by herself in her walker and did 100 steps on the treadmill today! She had a great morning workout!
After physio, Mommy and Madison worked on a special project at the house. It was recommended that we create some kind of chart to motivate Madison to use her walker more at home for transitions. We made a special chart of water. Everytime Madison uses her walker at home she can go to the chart and put a sticker of a fish or mermaid or other sea creature in the water. We will also use the chart to reward her for when she practices standing in her ski boots at home. Now that Madison has her school walker at home for the next 2 weeks we are going to really push it’s use. So far so good.
After some work in her walker, Madison enjoyed some sensory play with red jello!
Madison’s day ended with a special Christmas tradition. A Christmas party with the skating girls! She played with Sonia and Jon’s dog Alice and loved her gifts from Anne and Kyle. The gingerbread cookies Sarina made were a big hit with Madison. It was nice visiting with everyone and catching up.
As Mommy and Daddy were trying to get things organized for bed, Madison seemed to get her second wind . Here is a video of her new favourite game in her tower. ..playing peekaboo in the dark.
Madison’s teacher sent an email this morning updating us on her progress. She told us Madison has been taking more risks and trying new things like climbing up the side of the jungle gym instead of using the stairs. She is identifying her name when mixed together with other children’s names and she has been playing with new kids she hasn’t played with before. She is also able to identify letters in her name and is starting to put the letters in the right order. Her and another little girl also hug each other goodbye when they transition from each center. We are thrilled to hear about the gains she is making not just with her physical challenges but with her cognitive and social skills.
Madison spent her afternoon with Grandma and Grandpa Ambos. She did lots of Christmas crafts and made a pretty centerpiece of greens for Mommy and Daddy. Swimming was cancelled tonight so she was able to have some down time at home before bed.
Madison received her letter from Santa today! She was excited to see the paper it was written on and told us Molly her elf told Santa to send it. It was really cute.
Madison also received an early Christmas present today. ..her Learning Tower! For the last few months Madison has been super interested in what we cook and make in the kitchen. She tries to stand holding onto the cabinets and looks up to see what we are doing. She is not strong enough with her balance to stand on a stool or chair. We decided to find a tower that will bring her to counter top height so she can safely stand and participate in what is happenning in the kitchen. She tried it for the first time tonight during her evening ritual of making smoothies with Daddy and she loved it!!!! She helped peel the bananas, put the berries in and was able to see them get blended up for breakfast tomorrow.
Madison also tried out a new Kaye walker at Grandview tonight and did so well and loved it!! She moved so smoothly in it and at some points she was running!
On her way home from school today, Madison and Suzanne stopped off at a street filled with large snowmen and penguins decorating the street. Madison loves looking at Christmas blow up decorations and lights so we don’t know what she will think once Christmas is over.
Madison spent her afternoon with Nana. They finished decorating their Gingerbread house, played with her baby and puzzles. She also loved to look at the Christmas lights at the front of the house.
After dinner, Madison spent her night with Emily. They played in the basement and worked on different activities like sitting and standing to reach toys and using the step stool to get up and down to her play kitchen. Tonight was their last session together until after the holidays. Emily gave Madison a big book of princess stickers and colouring pages for Christmas that she loved!