On the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Circle listserv (the MOST amazing CI parent community), my blog friend, Julia, wrote: "All the milestones that other parents take for granted -- for us, they bring such profound joy!" in response to the joy of CI activation and another child hearing sound for the very first time. Profound joy, indeed, that makes me think of the following story...
On Friday night, on my way home from a quick shopping trip, I called Nate to tell him I was on my way. He put me on speaker phone and instructed me to start talking to Lucas. He said that Lucas started getting really excited and looked everywhere for me. He then realized my voice was coming from the phone and examined it more closely. We certainly didn't have a conversation or anything, but my DEAF baby HEARD my VOICE, recognized it, and started looking for me.
It's definitely the little things that bring profound joy right now... things like that, that I will never take for granted with him. It also gives me hope that he WILL talk on the phone someday, just like Drew.
Lucas was born with profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss to two hearing parents. He wore hearing aids starting at 3 months, but he got no benefit from them, as we soon found out. He received a cochlear implant in his right ear 3 days after his first birthday. His second ear was implanted 1 month before his third birthday. Cochlear implants have changed Lucas's life immensely. This site was developed to chronicle his life and progress learning to listen and speak!