Day 375: Off to the Races!

Today Madison was approved and given a spot at WindReach farms for therapeutic horseback riding lessons. She has her first class near the end of March! One of her new exercises she has been doing at home is sitting on a foam roller to work on her posture,  core strength and seated position with feet flat on the ground. It also gives her a big stretch of her inner thigh muscles. This exercise will also help Madison get ready for sitting on a horse. Madison worked with Emily for a few hours tonight and this is one of the things they tried. They also worked on alot of standing together. Madison did great work!

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Day 374: Urban Adventure

Madison attended a family mass and lunch today in memory of her Great Grandad Lynch that the family puts on each year to get together and have a nice afternoon visiting with everyone. After the mass Madison walked from the church to a party room at the nearby Lawblaws. She walked along St. Clair that was very busy with lots of people out shopping and enjoying the beautiful weather. This was a first for Madison as most places she walks does not have many people or things going on. She was a bit distracted and loved stopping to look around at all the people – but she walked the whole way! She had a big smile on and loved every moment. She is getting so much stronger and even braved the incline, multiple curbs and cracks and dips in the sidewalk. Once the weather gets better we will head out to the park more often to practice with her walker on uneven ground and how to manage curbs. It was a great afternoon visiting with everyone and enjoying some family time.

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Day 372: Happy Birthday!

Today Madison visited her Great Grandma Lynch to celebrate her birthday! Nana made some cookies and squares and brought a yummy birthday cake. Madison celebrated with Aunt Martha and Lisa, Nana and Grandmas friend Jeanette. Jack joined her in the celebration. She helped blow out the candles and explored Grandmas condo. It was a great Friday afternoon!

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Day 371: Last Class

Madison had her last winter class with Monika at March of Dimes today. She built a tower of blocks while lying straight on her tummy, practiced walking with a shopping cart and practiced straddle sitting. We are going to have Madison do straddle sitting at home to help loosen her inner thigh muscles and to work on her core by sitting upright. We have a bolster roller she will use for this. At the end of her class she cut up bananas and strawberries and pushed them on a kabob stick following the same colour pattern that was on the block tower she built. Jack went to her class to meet Monika and cheer his big sister on. It was a fantastic winter session – thank you Monika!! And thank you Janine and Suzanne for taking her each week.

Madison also handed in her registration forms for summer camp at March of Dimes today. Forms are due by the 18th of March. If you have a little one interested in conductive ed camp with Madison, send me a message and I’ll send the dates she will be attending.

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Day 370: Subway Star!

Today Madison was spotted on posters in various subway stations all over downtown Toronto. She is helping spread the word for a dodge ball fundraising event benefiting March of Dimes and conductive education.  The event is at the end of March. Google search ‘Dodge for Dimes’ if you are interested. We are hoping to get our hands on one of the large posters when the campaign is finished for Madison’s special keepsake box.

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Madison’s physio Stephanie found a great push cart that they tried out today.  She bought it from Ikea for $30, toys and items can go in the box, it’s wooden and the wheels can adjust resistance which is perfect for a little one learning to walk. Madison did her best ever walking with it. Her endurance and stability was incredible! She walked three quarters of the 200m track independently in her new AFO’S which provided excellent support.

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Day 369: New AFO’S!

After her first year of AFO’S Madison was ready for a new pair. Her legs were getting longer, feet growing longer and wider -so it was time. Mommy and Daddy picked out Madison’s first pair and Madison picked out her new design…Blue Jays!! Perfect timing for spring training! She met up today with her buddy Eric who had already casted her feet for the mold. Today they were ready for a fitting.  They are much bigger so hopfully they will get ger through another year. After 3 hours of cutting,  moulding and fine tweaking they were ready! She is excited to show her friends at school tomorrow.

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