I’m Proud of Us.

Hi Gigi!  Can you believe you have been part of the FullPlateFamily for SIX MONTHS! It seems like time flew, yet, it seems like we’ve run a marathon.  Girlfriend, Tess always laughs when I call you that, there was a HUGE learning curve to adopting you. Much like with your sister, Tess, it wasn’t a…

Feeling Forced to Choose

I’ve written and re-written this post about fifty times.  The words just weren’t coming in the first few drafts.  After the beginning of this hellacious week, I think am able to explain a little more succinctly what is happening in my head and heart.  We’re in a little bit of a battle in the Full…

I Could Have Said No.

Every day, but especially on Mother’s Day, I think about the ‘what ifs’ of my life and the long and winding road I followed to find our kids.  I think of all the change I’ve been through as a human.  I think of how many times I thought it would be one way, I demanded…

The End and the Beginning.

It’s Thursday morning.  In our new world of never ending therapies and our constant quest for language, this is the morning where Joe takes Gigi to Hearing Clinic (I know, she doesn’t hear, it’s confusing, they work with her on processing language.  In her case, this means ASL).  This is the one hour I have…

Showing You The Signs.

Last Friday was National ASL Day, a day to celebrate American Sign Language, and I had this post all set to go, but life is flying by at lightning speed here.  We’re moving forward with so many medical appointments for Gigi (her hearing aids arrive in 48 hours!), getting her heart check, and doing all…

Signing Scavenger Hunt

Tomorrow is National ASL Day.  American Sign Language is so important in our home.  In fact, it is what most of our basic daily interactions take place in now.  I’m pretty proud of that.  I think we’re signing 80-90% of what we say, as parents.  Our kids are still working on it. To help them…

You Remind Me.

Earlier this week I wrote a post about how building Gigi up was tearing me down.  Yesterday, we took Gigi to yet another specialist, this time for her eyes.  She has been home almost three months and this specialist was quite honestly the last specialist I consulted on the long list of people that I…

Building You Up.

This is pretty much all of how I spend my days lately. It looks lovely.  And, for the most part, it is. It’s also exhausting. Building Gigi up involves following her around absolutely all day and commenting on everything she does.  “Gigi is building.”  “Gigi is playing with Sofia.”  “Gigi has the green block.” Gigi…

What Makes You Stronger.

Last week I had the privilege of attending our local YWCA’s Circle of Women Fundraiser.  Prior to last year, I hadn’t thought too much about the YWCA and what it does for the community I live in.  I wrote a lot last spring about attending the YWCA’s racial justice courses.  I get a lot of questions…

I Can See You’re Listening. But Maybe You’re Not Hearing Me?

I’m not talking about Gigi.  Like we established last week, we really believe Gigi doesn’t hear a whole lot.  This week’s struggles have been with our local school district.  Not the school.  They’re pretty awesome.  I’m struggling with “our team” at the district level.  We sat with them last week, at our dining room table,…

Our Goal: Bilingual and Biculturalism for our Deaf Daughter.

This is going to be a long post.  I totally understand if the technical updates surrounding Gigi’s deafness aren’t as interesting as some of the other posts I might write.  This is a journal for her too though, and as we progress through the decisions that face us in regards to sound access for her,…

Disney with a Deaf Child.

When we adopted Gigi and brought her home, there was almost NO time for me to plan our Disney adventure this year.  I had laid the groundwork, obviously, before we left, but I am usually a master planner when it comes to vacations.  This year, not so much.  We were flying by the seat of…