December 2001 – We spent the holidays in Italy with my family mostly because flying after 9/11 was absurdly cheap, but I was aching to see my mom, who spent the 3 previous months in a hospital following a scary infection that almost took her life. Nicky had a blast in the snow, he was so cute. Just yesterday my husband asked me if we could give away this coat he’s wearing in this pic. I am not a hoarder,Read More →

August 2013 – Nicky right after he woke up from his hand surgery at CHLA with his dad. It always amazed me how strong he is. He wanted this surgery and it ended up to be really good for him in the long run as well. We use a splint to keep the thumb “out” at night and even after 3.5 years using that with the wrapping he lost very minimal web space. Of course his hands are far fromRead More →

Halloween 1999 – Nicky was almost 3 years old when I took him to the mall to trick-or treat. I always looked for soft costumes and this one of “Po” of the Teletubbies totally fit the bill! At the time we lived in Arizona. How cute is my little one? More of Nicky’s story in the book… Thank you so much for your support!! http://butterflychildamothersjourney.com Love & Light,   Post Views: 747Read More →

August 1998 – When we spent several months in Italy in 1998 so that my parents could help me take care of Nicky, I had the opportunity to have my little guy spend quality time with my Nonna Rina, which is Nicky’s great-grandma (BisNonna). We would go visit her often and she would always ask for kisses. It was so sweet. I miss her dearly, but I know she had a long life, passing away only a couple of monthsRead More →

January 2008 – Nicky showing his flexibility! This is one of the few things he can do with his body. He may not be able to walk or move much, so it’s always fun for me to see this fun/crazy side of him. In this picture Nicky was 12 and he hasn’t really changed much at all, he truly looks the same!!! That smile and the ability to not think about his condition and concentrate on doing what he canRead More →

March 2014 – When Nicky was 4 years old I decided that perhaps playing video games would be beneficial to him and something he could do without getting hurt. I bought a used Super Nintendo and we started playing Mario Kart every day. He loved it. I wanted him to win, so I would sit in 2nd place and throw turtles at anyone that passed me. Before long Nicky got so good he not only didn’t need my help, butRead More →

August 1997 – Nicky and I on our way to our anniversary dinner. ~ Excerpt from the Book “Butterfly Child” “The Physical Therapist became sort of a confidant; after all, I saw her twice a week and I felt she was one of the few people that might have answers to a question I was constantly asking myself: ‘Is this normal?’ It’s just the nature of having a child with a disability and not having another child to compare himRead More →

August 1997 – Nicky here is 8.5 months old and with my help he can stand up. At this point his feet were not too bad so he could put some weight on it. Plus, he was not that heavy! This is key and one of the reasons why nowadays it’s painful for him to stand, he’s just too heavy. He’s an adult now. Notice I am holding his arms and not his poor little hands. I cringe when IRead More →