Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Nathan missed this family memo

I'm not sure how it was in your family at dinner time but in our household it was a crime to talk with food in your mouth. Well, Danny and I recently discovered that it's the only time during dinner that Nathan does talk!!! Your totally going to crack up when you watch this video - each time the spoon goes into Nathan's mouth he talks up a storm and stops when you take it out.

Danny said this is totally my doing and he may be right! As I've mentioned before, I open my mouth and make chewing movements during solid food feedings because Nathan mimics me. What I didn't realize is that I make an ahhhhhhhhh sound when I do it!! hahahaha

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day Festivities -- Secret Project Revealed

For those of you that remember the entry where Nathan's feet were covered in paint - I am now at liberty to show you what exactly all that paint was for. A precious keepsake for Mommy, Grammie, & Nonnie. This project really took about 3 weeks to complete and the pasta bowls are just awesome! Special gifts for special people....
The weather was just perfect for Mother's day -- we spent the day together as a family doing yard work and eating at Nonnies. We hope all the mommy's out there enjoyed their day too.

Here are some pictures from yesterday.

Look at this carrot face!!!! Too cute!
Look at this happy camper! Just loves that car seat. hahahah

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Hearing Test & Celebrating Aunt Charly's Graduation

Nathan & Aunt Charly
On Friday Nathan went for his third hearing test for his left ear. When he was born the doctor's were able to test his right ear only because Nathan's tubes are small. I guess it does stands to reason that anything related to a newborn is small so we weren't too worried about it at that time. When we went for the follow-up the therapist wasn't able to "get a read" because Nathan was too loud - imagine that! The test measures sound waves through the ear canal so the slightest of noise can interfere with the exam. The therapist asked that at his next follow-up that we feed him at the office in hopes that he'd fall asleep. Well, that's exactly what I did but Nathan had no intention on falling asleep.

The therapist tried another test that measures brain waves instead. Nathan had a diode (I think that's the term) attached to his shoulder, back, and forehead - he also had a suction cup ear piece on. The therapist said the test would take about 5 or 6 minutes and I should try and keep Nathan as still and quiet as possible. Well, 16.26 minutes later the test was over!!!!!!!!! We can happily report he PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!

Children with DS generally having hearing issues so we will keep on top of any hearing changes and have follow- up tests.
Nathan spent time with lots of family members yesterday at the college graduation party for his Aunt Charly. Charly graduated from St. Rose and is going to continue on to get her Master's in Education. Just in time for Nathan to start school!
For the first-time he was hugged, kissed, and just loved on by is Aunt Charly, Aunt Domenica, and Cousin Rose that lives in Atlanta. It was really wonderful to get some keepsake family pictures (see the slide show).

Nathan was so tired by the end of the night but was, as he always is, a good little boy.