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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Friday, July 24, 2009

Fun Friday & Some Therapy Changes

Even though the weather hasn't been all that summery here in New York, we've been making the best of it! This week Nathan hung out with his cousin Lily (he was teaching her how to speed crawl!), we spent some time with the Passino Family at their pool, went shopping for 2010 summer clothes(we've got lots more to buy and the sales are spectacular!), ran a ton of Buddy Walk errands (October 4th is the date ~ mark your calendars), Nathan got a hair cut and we had a visit from Anthony and Aunt Sandy (and we're off to have some more fun today)!! We've had some therapy changes as well. His therapists are now playing with Nathan in standing ~ taking him out of his comfort zone. He's so stable in sitting that it's no longer a challenge ~ not any more! He's also doing very well using his utensils and scooping his food! Recently, Nathan's occupational therapist came during lunch time and she made a very important observation ~ even though I'm making him hold onto the spoon and scoop ~ I've been initiating the movement to his mouth! She would just give him a little support and let him do everything and he was NOT happy about it! He literally through a fit! I really had no idea that I was initiating the movement of the spoon to the mouth. Well, I know now and we've been working on it and he's doing really well. It's funny how much we enable our children and just don't know it. I certainly wasn't doing Nathan any favors by being so helpful (whether I knew it or not).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Nathan received a very special package in the mail yesterday ~ sent with love from Meg, Keaton & Conrad in South Africa! Can you believe it! What a very loved and lucky little boy!

The package was filled all sorts of fun kid stuff that represents South Africa. There was a very cool zebra pencil and an elephant sharpener. Some foam animals for the tubby! A container of all sorts of African animals (we'll save until he's a little bigger).
There were two refrigerator magnets of an elephant and a giraffe!
There was a book about how zebra's got their stripes and it has cool stickers too! We're saving the stickers until he can appreciate them.

Meg, Keaton & Conrad ~~

Thank you so much for thinking of Nathan and sending him this very special gift! Although, he doesn't understand the enormity of your generosity, he will one day. It has been a pleasure to follow your son's (family's) journey and to have you as a friend. Our family has been blessed by your continued comments, thoughts and prayers.

I know that one day soon we'll meet (hopefully next summer!) and the boys will get to play together! Danny and I are really looking forward to it! Hey, maybe one day ~ we'll even fly to South Africa. Why not!

Love, Kandi Danny & Nathan

For those of you that don't know Meg, Conrad and Keaton you can meet them under my "friends blog list" Keaton John Duplessis . Conrad is from the U.S. and was in the States the week visiting friends. The family visits regularly. We are going to meet them next year if Keaton and Meg are traveling with him. Conrad sent Nathan the package once he arrived. How thoughtful!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Holy Cow......

I will admit ~ I've never been a fan of fairs for a variety of reasons but yesterday we took Nathan to the Saratoga County Fair and had a really wonderful time introducing Nathan to so many new things and experiences. Nathan met and pet most of the farm animals, that until now, were only found in the pages of his books!
One of the funnier parts of the fair was when we visited the horses ~ a few of them had the curtains drawn with signs that warned (something like) - I'm hot, cranky and will bite. Please don't bother me! lol!!! Wonder where I could buy a few of those signs!