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

Thank you for keeping up-to-date with Nathan. We hope you visit often and enjoy experiencing our son's journey as much as we do. Please feel free to leave comments.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Giving Back

Every year, I take part in volunteering for the annual Equinox Thanksgiving dinner that feeds the homeless and those in need. A few years ago, while waiting for the guests to arrive for dinner, I had the honor of talking with another volunteer who said something to me that I've never forgotten. As we were putting the condiments on the tables, he said, "this is what Thanksgiving is all about - it's about giving back to others less fortunate. It's not about the turkey or the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade - it's about showing appreciation for what we've been given by serving others."

Today, Nathan and I went to the Capital Region Food Bank to deliver our Thanksgiving food donations that we collected at our annual Friends Night gathering. Thank you to all those that brought donations and took part in "giving back" this holiday season.

I'd be remiss, if I didn't mention my friend CJ, who came to the party carrying a huge bag of stuffing and as she walked through the door said: "this has got to be the strangest thing I've ever been asked to bring to a party!" :-)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Nathan Takes the Capitol By Storm!






I took my little man to "the office" this week for a quick visit with his Grammy and anyone else I could find! I grabbed a few pictures but most didn't come out -- too much mood lighting going on!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

BREAKING NEWS!!!!

Nathan military crawled this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe it! I had him on the kitchen floor and I laid down in front of him and began tapping my nails on the floor. If you know Nathan well, you know he is absolutely fascinated with hands.

Next, I put both of my hands under his armpits and pulled him forward - showing him he can move forward and then I began tapping the floor again. This time he actually moved forward!!! And, he kept doing it!!!!! I was freaking out!

I called my sister totally crying and asked her to come over and video tape it because I couldn't tap and tape. When she got here, Nathan decided he had done enough! Figures!

I'll try again later. Stay tuned - you may see video proof soon!!!

On a side note, his physical therapist predicted he would be crawling by 10. 5 months and she wasn't too far off. In fact, she was only three days off!!!

As another aside, had I been at work today this wouldn't have happened. thank God for vacation time!

Who Needs a Treadmill

video

Monday, November 17, 2008

Toys, toys, toys

I'll admit, I'm not an expert on buying toys for little ones or giving others ideas. But, yesterday when I was buying some toys for Christmas for Nathan's newest cousin, I found myself looking at each and every toy first for it's educational value and then for it's fun factor. Therapy has done this to me and I don't believe it's a bad quality.

Every toy I looked at was evaluated on what the child's going to learn and then is that educational lesson what's important for that age group. Once I found some toys that met that criteria I began evaluating them by their "fun factor." For example, Nathan's therapist thought a good toy for Nathan would be one that helps him walk and specifically picked out a good example. When I looked at that toy and the others just like it I found another that was way more fun - it had lots more bells and whistles. The car only had a horn and fake knobs that did nothing - how fun is that?

Is this normal? Is every decision this calculated when it comes to children?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Shout out to Izzy Bella's Mom!!

Our friend has just learned she has passed the NYS Bar exam!!! Way to go Kate!!!! We knew you could do it!