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, May 8, 2010

Picture of the Week!

Yesterday was teacher appreciation day at Nathan's school and he really got into it! He bought his teachers cool Sesame Street t-shirts that said, "All My Homies Are From the Street" and they enjoyed cupcakes. His speech therapist happen to be in the room and they all decided to let Nathan eat his cupcake by himself and have a little fun. They said, "it was a good sensory experience!" hahaha Nathan's school is like Toys R US ~ a place where a kid can be a kid!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Making the Most of Our Moments

As I picked Nathan up from school today, I was reminded of the beauty that is my life. I do really try to recognize this everyday but today was just one of those days where I stopped and relished the moment. When I walked into the classroom, Nathan was hugging a stuffed frog. When he saw me, he dropped the frog and with a big loving smile, ran all the way across the room and gave me a big hug! As we were driving home, we were doing what we always do in the car ~ dancing to the tunes on the radio. I am so blessed to be able to pick Nathan up and have so much time with him.
I received an email last week from the Director of Nathan's school, and it is such a wonderful reflection of the environment that he's in. Here it is:

"I just wanted to let you know that I spent a little time in Nathan's class today and it was soooo cool to see him. Over the past week he has grown SO much....He just seemed so big today and was "in the thick" of everything going on in the classroom. After vacation we usually notice that the kids come back so much bigger than before they leave. Today was just that kind of day for Nathan. Over the 10 minutes I was in the room I saw him playing with the kids, putting away toys, hanging with his buddies on the playground, and he put on his coat with me...he just seemed so much older and more sure of himself at school.

It is always so special to see the children make these big steps as they grow, and I wanted you to know how special it was to be with him for a few moments today. You have a very special, cool little boy on your hands! Thanks for sharing him with us!"

So cool! I know most moms would have appreciated this note, but it meant so much more to me. Our little boy, is just one of the kids! YEAH! The school is such a supportive component of Nathan's development and always have his best interested at heart. They work closely with his therapists and provide him with the little supports he needs to succeed while letting Nathan just be a kid.
Just today, Nathan's Speech therapist met with his teachers to devise a plan that uses pictures to help Nathan transition from one activity to another and instead of using it just for Nathan (singling him out) they're going to use it for everyone in the class!! It's a precursor to reading so everyone gets to be involved!! I am so appreciative of Nathan's team advocating for an inclusive environment and the schools' willingness in accommodating those requests. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful people surrounding our son. Thank you!

In other news, Nathan's MRI showed a swollen lymph node. Nothing to worry about. We are super thankful for this!

The Terry Family spent the weekend up at our camp and Nathan was running around like crazy! And, falling like crazy too! It was so fun to see him playing in the dirt with sticks and just being a kid! We are really looking forward to making the most of our summer vacation, which officially kicks off in a few weeks!!
Spinach pasta for dinner ~ he couldn't eat enough of it! It was hysterical watching him lick his plate clean! lol I wonder if he'll love it as he gets older.
On Sunday afternoon, we returned home for a Holy Communion celebration and at the party I watched Nathan catch a ball for the first time! It was so cool. Go Nathan!!!