First Birthday Understood.

Today Gigi turned 5, and it is the first birthday she understood.  We actually celebrated on Friday, because yesterday we took off for a Spring Break adventure. “Soon, you sing!” “Cake, I LOVE IT!” “Presents, you give me!” After watching all of her siblings celebrate their special days, she understands what all the fuss is […]

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An Intro To Sound

We turned Gigi’s Cochlear Implant on yesterday. She got her first intro to sound, because, yes, she CAN hear. All the electrodes in the implant are turned on. We weren’t sure she would tolerate that at first. She handled it like a champ though. I did take a video. I showed it to Joe and […]

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The Night Before Activation

Dear Gigi, It’s the night before the activation of your Cochlear Implant.  This has been a LONG time coming, sweet pea.  A Facebook memory just popped up yesterday reminding me that it was a year ago now when you received your first hearing aids.  A year.  That is not normal.  Some kids have Cochlear Implants […]

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Birthdays Here, and Birthdays There.

Today is a special day.  Our first home study visit is done.  I’m currently working on a post about exactly what that’s like, having a social worker interview all 11 of your kids about the prospect of having a 12th, but today we have a birthday in the house, and, one abroad. It is Jaxen’s […]

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