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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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Just For Moms!!! Designed With You In Mind!

My friend, a designer in Texas, has just launched a new clothing line designed just for moms!!!! It's awesome! Olive Designs "The mission behind the brand is to thankfully appreciate motherhood and all the joys it brings by paying it forward." This is one of my favorite designs and it's for charity!!! Moms always listen with their heartsIn fact, there are two charity shirts ~ the other is for breast cancer and is amazing! Mary Beth has also offered to design one for Down syndrome!!! I can't wait to see it (no pressure MB!).

Mary Beth and I went to high school together and we have much more in common today than we would have ever expected ~ children with special needs. Her blog is on my side bar ~ The Goodwin Family ~ if you'd like to read about her children and her designs. I'm definitely buying a few of these shirts for myself and I happen to know a few awesome moms that just happen to be on my Christmas list.

On another note, she is also the designer behind our new Capital Region Buddy Walk logo!! She volunteered her time and skills and I am so appreciative! It's awesome!!! A working mother of two children with special needs, a full-time designer for a national department store and business owner ~ can you believe she made time for us! Thanks MB!!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Therapist Update & New Fears

Nathan's new physical therapist is amazing! We spent most of yesterday talking and she really observed Nathan and tried to "make friends" with him. There really needs to be a comfort zone between the children and the therapists and I have no doubt that Tina and Nathan will be fast friends! I am also excited because it appears to me that she is going to be a gross motor skills "pusher," which means she isn't going to be letting him off easy. I love that!

On another note, for some odd reason Nathan has begun to develop a fear of swings and the merry-go-round. I have no explanation. He is just scared. This picture was taken at Hoffman's on Monday afternoon. We stayed on the entire ride ~ I was hoping he would move passed his fear but didn't. He actually got so upset he puked! poor little guy. Needless to say, we left after just one ride. I really don't want Nathan to be developing fear at such an early age so, I'm doing only what I know, and that is to confront his fear and move past it.

We went back to Hoffmans the very next day and got right back on that carousel. This time we sat on the bench ~ not a horse. We rode the ride twice. He wasn't freaking out but I could tell he was a little uneasy. We'll go back again this week and also hit the swings at the Crossings. I'm hoping for slow progress and eventually a diminished fear. I have no doubt we'll get there. I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

New Addition to the A-Team & The Blog

We are welcoming a new physical therapist to Nathan's team tomorrow morning! His previous P.T that we LOVE had a baby and is out on maternity leave until September. His new therapist is one of those almost impossible to come by therapists because she is in super high demand. All the good ones are!!! I am so excited ~ everyone talks about her and how terrific she is. I'll let you know tomorrow how things go.

On another note, we will be adding a regular entry to Nathan's blog each week ~

Around the Websday for Down Syndrome.

It's going to post each Wednesday and go over all the latest things happening regarding Down syndrome (Ds) on the web. I'll give the highlights and provide links to more in depth information ~ think of it as the one stop shop for your cyber news. For example, the hottest information this week centers around the link between Ds and hard tumor cancers. I'll discuss this in more depth on Websday but the bottom line is that persons touched by Ds are less likely to get hard cancers compared to the general population. It's very interesting stuff!

I hope you all find the information useful and if you happen to know of something happening around our virtual community let me know! That includes great informational posts on other blogs pertaining to Ds.