Day 10: Sunday Funday

We had such a great time at the pool today. It’s so much fun sharing my love of swimming with Madi. Today was the first time we both went underwater together at the same time and looked at each other with our eyes open. Every time we did it she came up laughing so hard. Awesome!

Physio this afternoon consisted of trying to slide off the couch by herself and wheelbarrow on the dining room table.  The couch trial ended in tears but the wheelbarrow was hilarious. James made her laugh so hard she almost face planted on the table and almost through up twice.

Day 9: Multi – tasking

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Today Madison spent some time in her ladybug chair. The ladybug chair has a seat that slides forwards and back to help Madison sit with her legs at 90 degrees or to sit with her legs straight at 180 degrees. She is needing lots of hamstring stretches lately so she had some fun stretching out her legs while playing with puzzles and colouring. Deep muscle stretches and practising some fine motor skills…multi – tasking at its best!

New word: Today Madison  put two words together in two seperate phrases.

She looked at James and said “Hi Dada” and then turned to look at me and said “Mama book” pointing at her pile if books.

Great Day!

Day 8: An Artist is Born!

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Today when I picked up Madison from daycare, she had paint on her shirt and in her hair. I was then handed a folder filled with art! My little peanut has a love for paint! I watched a video of her putting paint all over the table,  papers, on her face and in her hair and the whole time she was laughing and had a huge smile on her face. It’s so much fun watching her discover new things and seeing her be successful at them.

I was then told by one of her teachers that she successfully used her walker independently for most of the day! Go Madi! I was so proud of her that we went to the mall to celebrate! Timbits and a new stuffy! Wow what a day!

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This is Madison trying to choose her new stuffy Hahahaha

New word for today: Duck!

Day 6: Pinkalicious!

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#differentisbeautiful

Today was Pink Shirt Day!

Here is a snippet of the Globe & Mail article that describes how Pink Shirt Day began:

“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school.

‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’

So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag.

As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled.

The bullies were never heard from again.”

I want to teach Madi that promoting inclusion, respect and empathy in schools is extremely important. Madi wore some pink today, and I will  be spreading awareness by wearing pink with my students on Friday. Let’s celebrate diversity and freedom to be proud of who you are and to not fear of what others think. Bullying needs to be erased in schools.

Day 5: I think I can… I think I can

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My little engine that could!

Madison had a great morning at Grandview.  She loves working with Kate (PT) and Kathy (OT) every week and did a super job on supported side sitting and walking. Her legs are growing and she is getting taller which means her little hamstrings are pretty tight at the moment. I predict lots of stretching in the next few days.

We are so grateful to our supporters at Grandview. Tomorrow is ‘Tape A Toonie Day’ which is a fundraising and awareness campaign for all Grandview locations in Durham. Madison’s daycare will be participating tomorrow and her PT Kate will be visiting her and her friends.

Day 4: Say Cheese!

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Madi loves to do things by herself and in her own way. She’s brushing her teeth and loving it! Mom loves to see the independence but isn’t the biggest fan of the toothbrush also being used to brush her hair and clean the tub. Oh well…pick your battles and celebrate! Look at those pearly whites…what a way to end the day…love her!