Sunday, November 9, 2008

Still Sad

I wish I could say that I was one of those moms who is totally okay with Courtney's hearing loss and has accepted it and moved on, but I am not. I know she will be okay, we will do everything in our power to make sure of it. She has her CIs, she is making progress, but my heart still aches when I see her big, round, beautiful, hazel eyes absorbing the world around her. At least once a day I say to myself, "I can't believe you are deaf Little Girl."

It almost seems that the calm after the storm has hit and I am finally feeling again. We went 90 miles per hour from diagnosis to bilateral CIs all in a matter of 3months. I am getting used to all of the stares and questions (which I appreciate so much more than the whispers), but it isn't easy. I don't know if it is because she is so small and has so much equipment on her head or if it is because the equipment we have lights up?

I think it is the small things that make me sad. When she snuggles up and leans her head to "give love" the coils fall off and she can't hear us. When she doesn't feel good and wakes up from a nap upset, she can't hear me soothe her. She can't hear us come in anytime when she wakes up for that matter. If I want to rock her, the coils fall off. She can't hear the kid songs in the car because the coils fall off. Fall off, fall off, fall off!

I know that someday this daily lump in my throat will one day disappear, but for today I am still sad.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Behind

I am a little behind on my blogging life and I have to say I miss it. Things around here seem to have slowed down for the moment so I am taking advantage of the time I have. Courtney is doing amazing and we are very anxious to see how she does at her hearing test next week. Here is another clip of her and her growing receptive vocabulary. We realize that she may not be understanding exactly what we are saying, but she is definitely correlating the inflections in our voices to mean something without visual clues...

video

Halloween was a great time. We went to our church trunk or treat the Wednesday before Halloween where all three kids humored their mother by dressing up as Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. They were so cute. On the actual day of Halloween, however, Jeremy was convinced by his little friend, Malia, to be Superman and she would be Super Girl. There was no convincing him otherwise. So, on Halloween Jeremy went as Superman, Courtney as Dorothy and Logan as the Scarecrow. We went over to Mike and Angie's for dinner and then off to trick or treat with quite the gang!

On Saturday Bryan decided to take the boys camping at Canyon Lake. They had the best time. They rode their bikes, swam, roasted marshmallows and even got to sleep in a tent! Next time Courtney and I will have to go!

I am having technical difficulties with my computer and I am not able to upload any pictures of Halloween and the camping trip, but as soon as I can I will get them up.