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, June 11, 2010

Nathan's Last Day at School!

On October 16 2009, Nathan attended his first day of toddler school. It seems so long ago.It was time for him to head out and meet some new little playmates but not at just any program. We wanted this new environment to be very rich. We wanted it to be colorful and fun and from the moment we walked through the door that very first day, we knew it was so much more.
Nathan's teachers ~ Nicole and Trisha have been a loving, supportive and fun addition to Nathan's life. Our family can't thank them enough for the care they've given Nathan and the comfort they've brought to Danny and I. At closing ceremonies, the Director of the school was talking about the preschool graduates and she mentioned that all of the teachers in the school knew each of the children since they were 18 months old ~ just like Nathan. Isn't that cool?

We have to thank Nathan's speech therapist and his special education teacher. Each of these very wonderful women went to Nathan's school each week and helped him through the transitions, the routines and even helped the other children understand Nathan's method of communication. I'd like to share an example. There is a weekly celebration where all the children in the school go into the auditorium; they listen to stories, sing songs and dance to very loud music. Well, this was a very difficult experience for Nathan ~ he was scared. But, every single week his speech therapist was right by his side, helping him every step of the way (literally sometimes). Two weeks ago, for the first time, Nathan was dancing too! All by himself. YEAH!!!!!

I can't tell you how much it meant having both of these women there to help Nathan make sense of this new experience and his new friends. They also helped Nathan's teachers understand so much about him ~ his limits and his abilities. Thank you so much!!!!!!

Nathan's teachers put a lot of effort into their jobs and just I love all the projects that he's made over the past year! I'll hang them up and take some pictures this week. They're super cute. The last project was so awesome, we're going to do it at Nathan's 3rd Handy Manny birthday celebration!

And, so it comes to a close. Thursday was Nathan's last day until September ~ hello summer! The school gave us such a nice send off! There was a family BBQ, a bouncy bounce, cake, an "Are You My Mother" play by the 4 year olds and a slide show that recapped the year.
It was obvious from the pictures that the kids had a great year of learning, friendship and fun.

Under normal circumstances, Nathan would move up to the next toddler classroom but we all decided it would be in Nathan's best interest to stay in his current classroom with the teachers he knows and loves. I'll touch on that another time.

So, we ended the year as it began ~ holding Daddy's hand. Just as it should be.

See you in September! God bless

Thanks Miss Nicole!
Thanks Miss Trisha!

Just a few other pictures from Nathan's last week.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Silent Killer

There are many different diseases or other substances that can unknowingly take our lives, like carbon monoxide poisoning. It's the reason that New York State now has a law mandating every home/apartment have a carbon monoxide detector. The gas is colorless and odorless and you wouldn't know you're being poisoned until it's too late.

Last Monday, Nathan became ill during the night. Our poor little baby was super sick. He was throwing up and running a pretty high fever, which is rare for Nathan. The next morning, we were lying on the couch when the CO detector in the garage went off. Thankfully, Danny was home. He kept trying to call the fire houses in our Town to ask if they could send a guy over with a meter to check and make sure everything was ok. No one answered at any of the four fire stations we called. We didn't want to make a big deal of it but with Nathan so sick we had to be sure there wasn't a gas issue. Danny called the police station and discussed the issue with the dispatcher who sent in the Calvary! In minutes, we had 18 firemen and EMS at our house!

They tested both Nathan and I for possible CO contamination and I was reading at a 4 and Nathan was reading between a 4 to 8. We both should have been at a zero. They were less concerned about my numbers and more concerned with Nathan given he was so sick. However, they were sure if the reading was accurate because Nathan wasn't being cooperative and didn't want that little device on his big toe.

We had already scheduled an appointment for Nathan to see his doctor but the paramedics wanted their opinion on bringing Nathan to the Emergency Room not the office. They agreed with the paramedics and we brought Nathan for further testing at the hospital. Better to be safe than sorry.

Turned out Nathan was not exposed to carbon monoxide and he was just really sick. Thank God! However, something else did come out of this visit.

Nathan has always had this little non-breathing thing going on when he sleeps and I've spoken to his pediatrician about it but he never seemed concerned. Nathan was so tired at the hospital he slept most of the time we were there. While he was sleeping a nurse came in and I asked her to look at Nathan and his breathing ~ to gauge her opinion on the situation. What happens is, that Nathan's chest rises and lowers just like he's breathing but it doesn't appear that he's taking in any oxygen. The nurse could see what I was talking about right away and put the scope on him to listen for air flow into his lungs. Sure enough, he wasn't breathing. She believes Nathan has an "obstructive sleep apnea" and suggested we talk to his doctor about a sleep study.