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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Saturday, December 20, 2008

"The" Big Guy (in the red suit)

Nathan met Santa today!!! At first, he just curiously looked at him, touched his beard, and then seemed uninterested.
Remember how easy it was for Nathan to slip out of his stroller at Sears? Yeah, well it's not so easy to slip out of his crib - as he discovered today.
These snow suits are amazing! Really warm, totally comfortable and come with a built in wig! I used to work with a guy that had a rug just like this one!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Odds & Ends

A few weeks back, Danny and I brought Nathan to see the Developmental Specialist for his follow-up appointment. If you happen to recall, the first appointment didn't go so well. However, I was pleased to learn the doctor that evaluated my son was moving away!! YEAH! (I would have switched anyway) So, we were placed with the doctor who is the head of the practice and well respected in his field. Following our last appointment, where Nathan, at six months old, was evaluated as a twelve week old, I didn't know what to expect. However, I did know that if a repeat performance occurred, it would be our last visit to this office.

The doctor was wonderful from the moment we met him and Nathan performed like it was his job! Nathan did so well that the specialist said, "Nathan has made my day!" He also said that Nathan is doing exceptional and WE DON'T EVER HAVE TO GO BACK!!!! Unless we want to.

Each of Nathan's therapists were stunned - two of them even cried! They've never heard this doctor ever say that before!! Our little man is just awesome! But, you knew that.

Last week, I took Nathan to see a pediatric dentist about the palette expander and basic dental appointment. I will never take Nathan back to that doctor again. Was he nice? yep. Did he seem knowledgeable about Down syndrome and Nathan's future dental needs? yep. Everything about him was just splendid - except the moment I laid eyes on him and he began to speak and talk to Nathan I got totally creeped out. I can't explain it - six sense. Something freaked me out about that dentist and I know when to trust my gut.

With that said, the palette expander wouldn't be placed on Nathan's teeth until he was about 5 years old and after speaking to his speech therapist, it's unnecessary anyway. She and I spent a good deal of time discussing just how we form sounds and words - the part of the tongue, jaw and mouth used in verbal communication. None of which would benefit from a palette expander. It was a nice try though.
Lastly, Nathan is in his own bedroom for the first since he was born. We'll see how this shakes out - for both of us. I'll let you know.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday Activities

Nathan had O.T. this am and then we headed off to watch his cousin Emily ice skate at school! I'm just amazed at the caliber of that school - they do ice skating, private piano lessons, and dance class in addition to normal instruction. I have a few pictures from this morning. Later this evening, I'll be posting on his developmental specialist appointment and his dentist appointment. Until then..enjoy the rest of your day.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ice Storm Photographs

Our local newspaper has some nice pictures sent in from area residents of the ice storm. Many of Nathan's readers are from other parts of the country and a few from Canada. So, I thought I'd share them with you. Danny and I were driving around yesterday in awe of the sheer beauty of our new crystal community.

(Simply click on the title of this post and you'll be rerouted to the photos.)