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.

We love hearing from everyone!!!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

When Enough is Enough

As you may or may not know, Nathan receives lots of indispensable therapy through the Early Intervention program. His services consists of occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and special education. All of Nathan's therapists are truly experts in their field. However, sometimes that's just not enough.

Our family has been struggling with one of Nathan's therapists attendance for quite sometime and my patience has officially run out. The therapist has a litany of reasons why she's unable to make her scheduled sessions - all of which could be completely true and valid. The reasons are irrelevant to me - frequent absenteeism inhibits Nathan's development and it's not going to be tolerated. We schedule our life around therapy because its value cannot be overstated. The developmental progress Nathan has made is tremendous and the reliability of his therapists is essential to the process.

So, we are officially one therapist short, but Nathan's case worker is on it and we should have a replacement soon.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lions, Tigers & Play Groups - OH MY!

Nathan's speech therapist suggested a few weeks ago that Nathan be involved in some play groups. She felt his participation would help him with his vocalization development. Well, last week we participated in three play groups. The first, at our local Town library posed many challenges for me. I was nervous about how people were going to react to Nathan - something most parents never have to contemplate. At home, Nathan's safe from the cruelness and the misguided curiosity of the world, but I had to do it. We arrived a few minutes late! Of course, everyone was already there - sitting in the nicely organized classroom circle and there was no room for us - so we sat up front next to the teacher! Center stage - right where we were meant to be.

After the silly song session, which Nathan loved (he was the only child - dancing) it was play time. Major struggle number two - germs! I literally sat there for 5 minutes talking to myself about whether Nathan should go play with the other children or if we should just go home. I weighed all the pros and cons and eventually let him go. YIKES!

Nathan was funny, all he wanted to do was take the toys from the other kids! I thought - yep, that's a sign of an only child. Danny disagrees. He said, "the kids with the most toys wins!"

What I've come to realize about these play groups is that the children interact very little and I think at this stage in life that's normal. It seems to be more of parental social hour, which isn't so bad but we don't attend for my benefit. I'm going to continue to attend these playgroups and see how it goes.