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Shawn, originally New Yorker, transported to Tennessee for a few years, chased the love of his life in Iowa, only to move her back to Tennessee. Rachael, small town Iowa girl that traveled the globe to find her love in Tennessee. Little did we know how much our lives would change when Little Miss Magdalyn Joy entered the world. Join our journey through the unknown of Maggie's medical issues, known truths of God, and the nuts and bolts of life.


First Day of School

We started our program today.  The first day went quite well.  It was just like the first day of school as a teacher...make it to the first special (in our case it was morning nap), then tweak and refine the processes to work out the snags.  She was ready for morning nap and Momma stayed busy refining a few things.
She did great today.  The biggest thing with the program is that Mommy has to slow down enough to pick up on Maggie's subtleties that show she really is engaged and processing.  She proved to me today that she is processing information and capable of engaging with the activities.  Her breathing definitely changed with the visual stuff, and she would fatigue from that.  The smells woke her up, and I have to be very careful she doesn't check out and shut down with the auditory stimulation.  Overall, I think she was more alert throughout the day too.  I think up until now she often checks out because nothing is meeting her at her level to stimulate the brain.  Today we were at her level and she was able to attend to it.
As for Momma, I felt way more productive than I have in a while.  I keep telling Shawn, "an object in motion remains in motion, an object at rest stays at rest"  Having a full-time "job" will be good for me to get other things done around the house too.  I know seems a little weird, but then again, we all know that I am a little out of the ordinary!
It'll be interesting trying to work out the best schedule.  She'll probably be more hungry throughout our program days.  We had lunch a little earlier than we have been and she fell back asleep halfway through it.  Oh well!  She must have needed it!  We probably squeezed in about 1/2-2/3 of our program.  It'll be amazing if there ever is a day that we accomplish the entire program.  That's my goal though!
Momma is proud of our accomplishments for the first day!

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