Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merry Christmas

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We spent Christmas in Ohio with Denise M's family. Nicholas was a great traveler. We were able to spend time with many family and friends.Santa even knew to bring Nicholas's gifts to Grandma and Papa's house. Nicholas cleaned house as he got a lot of Christmas gifts and we celebrated his first birthday with his Mancuso cousins Christmas night, which resulted in even more toys and gifts. Aunt Diana made Nicholas his first birthday cake which Nicholas pretty well demolished. He didn't eat too much of it, he was instead enamored by the texture of the frosting.

On Monday following Christmas, Nicholas was seen at the preemie follow-up clinic at Rainbow. They did a developmental exam and a the neonatologist did a physical exam. They were impressed by how well Nicholas is doing. They said he doesn't even look like a preemie. He is ahead of other 9 month olds (corrected age) in his vocal skills but a little behind in his gross motor skills as he is not crawling yet. They weren't too worried about that as not all kids reach milestones at the same time. After our appointment, we went up to the NICU and visited with some of the nurses that took care of Nicholas. It was great seeing them. We attached a picture of Nicholas with one of his nurses and the case manager for the NICU. Unfortunately, we snapped the photo a little late as Nicholas had just fallen asleep when we took it.

We look forward to a quiet New Years Eve celebration as a family and an exceptional 2011. We wish you all a Happy New Year. Be safe with however you choose to celebrate!

Denise, Denise and Nicholas

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I finally met the guy they call Santa

Today, Nicholas saw Santa for the first time. We attempted to visit Santa last week but according to Mommy M., Santa was busy feeding his reindeer. We waited about an hour and gave up. I'm not sure Santa lived up to the hype we had created with Nicholas, but, he seemed to be intrigued by the white beard. Nicholas kept looking at him trying to figure him out. We've noticed Nicholas is very thoughtful in everything he does. He'll look a new person up and down and try to figure them out before giving a smile or carrying on a conversation. We've included a couple of pictures of Nicholas by our Christmas Tree that were taken last week and the rest of the pictures are from today.

We hope you are all ready for the Christmas, as it's a mere week away. We look forward to traveling to Ohio to see family and friends for Christmas. While getting ready to celebrate, don't loose touch of the reason for the season!

Merry Christmas!
Denise, Denise and Nicholas

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Pictures

We had pictures of Nicholas taken a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share a few with all of you.

You mean there really is a Santa....

How many more of these flashes can I expect?

I can be sweet, really!