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Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

Three years ago today is when Maggie was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance because she whacked her head and ended up passing out and then throwing up when she came-to. (I’ve written about it before.)

This picture is from the day after: November 18, 2007.

Friday’s Fotos: The Perfect Gift and Updated Style

My sister gave me the perfect mug for my birthday. I hold it proudly! πŸ™‚

And Maggie changed the fabric above her head on her bunk bed, so we now have room for more “style” on the wall.

More Maggie Style


Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

This picture was taken on October 11, 2006. Maggie was not quite 2. As you can see…she already had a budding sense of style (I’m fairly certain that I wasn’t the one to put that headband on her…Headbands are still her number one go-to choice for hair in the morning.)

Tea Time!

The Proposal

No, not the movie. And nope, not Mike’s to me…

We’ve had quite a few in our family over the past few weeks though. I’ll be in the kitchen and I’ll hear Burke and Maggie in the other room talking about how to best make it so they can both pet the cat. And then I’ll hear Burke say something along the lines of: “Maggie, let’s get married – that way we can share Tiger!” Or we’ll be giving the kids a bath and I’ll hear Burke say, “Logan, let’s get married so we can share that toy.” Good to see he doesn’t discriminate πŸ˜‰Β  And I suppose I should be happy that we’re teaching them one aspect of a good marriage … it’s all about sharing. LOL!

It made me wonder if he asks everyone at school to marry him as well. And while I haven’t heard any stories about Burke, I did run into the mom of one of Maggie’s classmates at Open House the other night. Apparently Troy* came home the other day and said, “Mom! I have something to tell you!” …but then got shy and didn’t want to tell her right away. After a little while he came out with “Maggie asked me to marry her today!!” Now I have to wonder what toy he was playing with πŸ˜‰

When I got home, I mentioned to Maggie that I had me Troy’s mom. She calmly said, “Oh, I asked Troy to marry me. He said no.” And that was the end of that.

*Name changed.

Make-Up Gym Class

Burke and Maggie have been going to a gym class each week for the summer. Since we were on vacation last week, we did a make-up gym class for the one we’d miss.

When we got back into the car after it was over, Maggie looked at me and said in a really sad voice, “But mom, they didn’t put any makeup on me.”


“OH!!!” *giggle* “Maggie, make-up gym classes just mean that we are going to miss one and they’re letting us go to another one at a different time…not that they’ll put blush or lipstick on you.”

LOL! She’s too cute πŸ™‚

…and that may also explain why Burke really didn’t want to go at first πŸ˜‰

Makes My Monday: Conversations with Maggie

Maggie brought her stuffed lamb over to me this morning and said, “Mom, look! I have my little lamb!”

Of course, I started singing, “Maggie has a little lamb…”

She interrupted me and said, “No. It’s Mary’s. I’m just taking care of it for her.”

We then had a wonderful conversation about how Mary lives with us, but she’s over at the neighbors right now.

It ended up turning into a story about how Mary has a magic key to get into our house and only Maggie’s magic ears can hear her come in.

Conversations with Maggie – and her very imaginative stories – Make My Monday.

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

First Dance Recital

Maggie’s first dance recital was last night. Oh my gosh – it was Super Cute! (Even if it WAS a little long. We left at intermission…)

We weren’t allowed to take pictures or video at the actual recital (rehearsal only), but here’s Maggie all dressed and made up…ready to go! I will put it into YouTube with the help from themarketingheaven.com.

Friday’s Fotos: Dance, Dance, Dance

Maggie had a dress rehearsal (the actual recital is tomorrow!)

Waiting for Their Turn

Perhaps a Little Nervous?

Getting Made Up

(This is the first time Maggie’s had more than just lip gloss on!!)

Watching the Other Performers

On Stage!

(Maggie is all the way to the left.)

And, of course, a video πŸ™‚

(2 minutes 4 seconds)

The day after the rehearsal, Maggie and I met up with all the girls (and their moms) for lunch.


The Gang's All Here...


Even though I’ve written about Maggie’s speech stuff before, I’m going to write out a little history. She had gone through Early Intervention for speech through age 3 and then was tested at the public school to see if she qualified for services. At that point, the testing showed that she had some sounds she wasn’t supposed to yet, so that “kicked her out” … even though she didn’t quite have all the sounds she was supposed to yet. (Burke qualified at that point and went for an hour a week until this past November when he was deemed “normal” Woot!)

Fast forward to the second year of preschool and figuring out that no one outside of Maggie’s immediate family could really understand her. Hell, there were definite times when I had absolutely no idea of what she was saying. Luckily (depending on how you look at it), Logan had qualified for Early Intervention speech services and the same Ms. Speech came to see him as Burke and Maggie had (she saw his name and claims to have beaten off a few other therapists to work with our family again LOL!). While Ms. Speech was working with Logan, she picked up on some of Maggie’s difficulties and offered her services through a private practice. Maggie has now been seeing Ms. Speech (again) for about 6 months.

WHAT an improvement! I cannot get over how much of a difference Ms. Speech has made. I’m sure that it helps that Maggie loves meeting with her and is a (mostly) willing student. They both work really hard when they’re together. At this point, there’s not much that Ms. Speech needs to work on with Maggie pronunciation-wise. The problem now lies in how Maggie is processing and expressing things. Ms. Speech has started giving Maggie tests to figure out where the break-down is and has even gone to Maggie’s school a few times to observe her in that setting.

The first time Ms. Speech observed Maggie at school, she was playing Bingo with a bunch of boys at her table. All of the boys were paying rapt attention to what the next color and shape were going to be, while Maggie was not watching and was playing with the Bingo chips…adding more and more to her pile. Ms. Speech would have sworn Maggie wasn’t paying any attention…except that she won 3 times. At this same visit, Maggie was asked a question by the teacher and gave a seemingly TOTALLY random answer…except that Ms. Speech had observed Maggie and the other girls chatting about what Maggie’s answer had been about (the teacher wasn’t aware of that conversation). The answer still made no sense what-so-ever, but it wasn’t completely out of nowhere as the teacher had thought.

At the first testing session, Maggie was sitting on my lap while Ms. Speech was asking the questions. I’d pretty much give up on Maggie even responding to the question, but Ms. Speech would wait 10 more seconds or so…and Maggie would answer. And answer correctly as well! I was blown away…I totally need to just wait a bit longer for her to reason things out in her head.

The second time Ms. Speech observed Maggie at school, she was supposed to draw 7 things. Any 7 things. Maggie decided to draw herself, and Ms. Speech…and got so involved with that, she forgot what she was actually supposed to be doing. Apparently, the other kids were drawing 7 circles or something else fast and then going on about their day, but Maggie was taking her time…and spacing out. Ms. Speech mentioned that once she’s able to read, stuff like that won’t be as noticeable, because the instructions for what she’s supposed to be doing will most likely be at the top of the paper; she can just read it again. That same day, Maggie was having difficulties writing her name (the full Marjorie). Not with the letters, but with just taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to do it. Granted, it’s a long name, but I’m not sure what to do about that…

At the second testing session, Ms. Speech was testing comprehensive language. The way the test works is that there are 4 pictures on the page and Maggie is asked a question along the lines of “Show me the dog” …so she has to point at the right picture or say the corresponding number. Maggie being Maggie, she’d sing “It’s Step number twoooooo” (not sure where “step number” came from, but apparently that didn’t matter too much.) You keep going with the test until there are 8 missed in a section. It starts at the age 2 level and just keeps going. Maggie finally missed 8 in the 14 – 16 year old section. what? Ya. Ms. Speech figures once she scores the test, it’ll show she has an understanding at about the 11 year old level (she was getting about 5 wrong in the sections between 11 and 14). What? She’s only *5*!! Ms. Speech asked “Show me terrified” and Maggie pointed to the right picture immediately. I was like, “Maggie, do you know what terrified means?” She looked at me like, “duh mom, everyone knows that” and said, “Scared.” Crazy.

The next test will be the expressive language one … which is where we think she’s actually getting tripped up. The poor kid is such a people pleaser; I’m afraid that she’s terrified of giving the wrong answer. And Ms. Speech (and her boss) want me to make an appointment with the Mass General Hospital speech department. Just to do some more testing and see if there’s a trace of ADD or something else going on.

And Ms. Speech is going to start reading chapter books and cook with Maggie. (Apparently, following recipes is supposed to be REALLY good in these types of learning situations.)

We’ll obviously do whatever we can to help Maggie out, but I’m beginning to think that perhaps she’s just bored in school…

Friday’s Fotos: Maggie Montage

I took these a few days ago with my cell phone. The best (non-silly) one has red eye, but I’ll put up anyway. (I tried to fix the red eye with several different photo fixing software packages, but it just made her look like she’s got crazy eyes instead!)