Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Monday, January 10, 2011

Mrs. D and Nick's Face

Nicholas has had this nasty cold thing since Christmas. His immune system is very weak, so cold and flu viruses seem to take forever to leave his system. We visited with his pediatrician just in case, since colds can quickly turn to pneumonia when your immune system doesn't work right. A chest x-ray was taken and thankfully his lungs were clear.

This morning I noticed, that after weeks and weeks of coughing and sniffling, Nicholas finally looked better. I was amazed at the beauty of his face. I know, I know, I am his mother and incredibly biased, but today I thought his face looked just beautiful.

I took Nicholas to school this morning. As usual, we waited on the benches in the lobby for Nicholas's aide, Mrs. D, to arrive.

Mrs. D has been Nicholas's aide for two years. She is a mother herself with two young children of her own. She works two jobs and is an amazing friend to all who know her.

To us, of course she is so much more. She understands Nicholas and his need for structure and assistance during transition times. She understands his love for things like fireplaces, backpacks and candles. She knows how to distract him when he is having a bad day. She helps Nicholas to make friends with other students and pushes him just enough to be the best that he can be.....she is very special to us. Today, I was reminded of it once again as she took one look at him and said to me,

"I can tell Nicholas is feeling better today, look at his face, it's beautiful."


I guess Mrs. D is biased too!