Now, I'm not totally sure, but I would guess Nolan's answer (before he chucked the mic) might have included some of his favorite things, like popcorn, movies, and his dog, Jetta. But, Nolan has much more to be thankful for. Since he isn't capable of deep contemplation and life analysis at this point, I'll extrapolate for him. Here are some of the more significant blessings in Nolan's life:
Health and Medicine
Especially given Nolan's recent surgical adventures, Nolan should be very thankful for his health and the medical community that helps him maintain it. As most of you know, Nolan recently had multiple surgeries and complications. I'm so thankful for Nolan's surgeon and how he managed Nolan's complications. And, I'm also very thankful for the other excellent hospital staff that cared for Nolan. We are fortunate to live in a city with a great children's hospital -and Nolan's Daddy just happens to work there too! It's like a second home...
|Nolan had his most recent surgery 3 days ago. It was a simple procedure and he was able to go home the same day!|
Nolan loves his Daddy. To Nolan, Daddy is a book reader, swing pusher, funny song singer, and dancing entertainer. Of his two parents, Daddy is probably more the fun goofy one. Nolan doesn't realize it, but Daddy is also the main provider of Nolan's precious popcorn, his warm house, and all his cute clothes. Nolan is quite blessed by such an awesome dad.
Since Daddy had to work this Thanksgiving, I made dinner, and Nolan and I brought it to Daddy at work!
In his short 2 years, Nolan has already received a lot of therapy. Because kids with Down syndrome have developmental delays, they need a variety of therapy services to help them (correctly) achieve the same milestones as typical kids. Nolan has received therapy from Linda, an Occupational Therapist, since he was 2 months old! Linda has been a huge resource and support to Nolan and me. She identifies areas Nolan needs to work on and shows us how to work with him. She has also been a blessing to me, listening to my concerns and frustrations, and it's obvious she cares a great deal about Nolan. And, Katie is the Speech Pathologist Nolan has been seeing for the past 6 months, first for feeding therapy and now speech. She also has been a great help to us, and I'm so thankful for her help in managing Nolan's dysphagia (trouble swallow, specifically liquids).
|Katie and Nolan in a recent speech therapy session.|
|Linda teaching Nolan how to turn his wrist to drop coins in a piggy bank.|
|Trying to help with the cooking?|
|Playing with the fun wall at the children's hospital.|
Thanks for reading and I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! Even if you didn't, I hope you were able to reflect on the blessings in your life and find joy in unexpected places.