Sunday, June 01, 2008

Nate Zooming Around

In my last post, I mentioned we haven't been able to get Nate in his power chair that much due to the weather. Well, we took advantage of the moderately hot weather this afternoon after we had major storms this morning, and got him out driving. Within 30 minutes, he was beet red (from the heat, not sunburn - we always use a ton of sunscreen on our redhead!). But, he really enjoyed it! So enjoy a few pics!


A Basic Update

Summer has arrived! And Nate has been doing great! Unfortunately, there have been numerous storms in the last month, so pool time has been limited. We took Nate to the mall last week and he loved it! I think he liked the glass elevator the best. He got a lot of attention from people, mostly children. It's interesting to see how children react to him. We've gotten everything from "He's wearing a vacuum on his face", "Was he shot?", (you can't help but laugh at comments like those) and the most basic "What happened to him?". It's easy to answer, especially to kids. We just say "He's a normal little boy, he was just born with weaker muscles than you that's all." To which most of the time, the kids say "Oh". Sometimes, the kids are a little more interested and want more details about his equipment, etc. and I just explain everything in very simple terms. We also had a lady and her two girls come join us for lunch because her girls wanted to meet Nathan. I always prefer it when people ask, instead of just staring, because I'm so proud of him! I love to share his story because he is such a special child.

Nate hasn't been driving his power chair that much lately. It's either storming or way too hot. But, we are going to try to take him to the school gym for the six weeks during summer school, so he can "go to town" in his chair. That way I won't have to stand right beside him and correct him all the time. He will have a better chance to just do what he wants and go whichever way he wants - which is mostly in circles (he thinks that is so funny!).

Owen had his 9 month check up last week. He's 26 1/2 pounds and 30 1/2 inches long. Needless to say, HE'S HUGE! Everything looked good and he got a good report. Obviously, he's one healthy little boy! He's crawling like crazy and standing, but not on his own quite yet. We've entirely babyproofed his room and put a gate in the doorway. He has lots of toys to play with in there, but what does he do, crawl to the gate and look out and cry! Oh well, at least he's safe in there when we are doing things with Nate.

I've been wanting to take Nate to the movies. Hopefully, in the next week or two, we can take him to the Kung Fu Panda movie. I don't know if he'll like it, because when he's in his kid kart, he wants to be MOVING, either in the car, or walking. But, if he's not happy, we'll just leave.

Enjoy of few pics of Owen - one of his big blue eyes, him trying to get to Roxy at the back door, and looking through the bars of his cell (poor little guy!).

Thanks for checking in!