Friday, August 14, 2009

We have to do what?

I never thought I'd be able to say this. Lucas hears and understands us so well, that we have to spell words around him. Yes. Around our deaf son, we have to spell words. U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E.

I mean, it's not that he understands everything that we say, but enough! His favorite things right now are going outside and going for a ride in his beloved car. This car:

So, we have to spell "outside" and "car". That's it so far, but I'm pretty excited about it. Again, I take nothing for granted with him.

Here are a couple of other recent Lucas observations:

He is walking much better and can even stand for extended periods of time on his own (see above picture!). I'm soooooo thrilled about that. He's not exactly functionally walking, but he's getting there!!!

The other day, Lucas was resting his head on my shoulder and the room was completely silent. One of our cats walked into the room and quietly meowed. Lucas sat straight up and looked for the sound. I was impressed.

I've been whispering around Lucas to see what he can understand. When I whisper "let's go find Daddy," Lucas signs "daddy." I'm so excited that he can hear me whisper.

I'm still waiting for a spoken language explosion, but Lucas is consistently saying "up," "down," and "bye-bye."

Cochlear implants are amazing. I really never thought his would work this well. But it does, and I am soooo grateful.

11 comments:

Leah said...

Way to go, Lucas! And way to go Mom and Dad- may you have to spell many more words in the weeks to come (g).

Landry said...

Woo-hoo, Lucas!!! I've never thought about that before, but we have to do the same with Landry...good or bad that I'm taking it for granted??? What amazing kiddos these two are-can't wait for them to meet one day (and us, too!)!!

Janis @ SneakPeek said...

Great news! We have to spell outside too. It is amazing how one word can change your whole day. If I say OUTSIDE too loud then I must go and spend an hour outside even when I really just wanted someone else to take the trash outside. LOL.

maksmomma09 said...

this is great i got tears in my eyes because i am proud of him and you guys i thank god every time i hear makayla say dada because we caught it so soon and to think back when our parents were kids they found out at 3 or older thank god

MB said...

At JTC they suggested whispering which I had never though to try. It makes the consonants much more powerful and they don't get overpowered by the vowels.

Glad to hear he's doing so well!

Lone Star Couple said...

That's so great, he has some wonderful teachers!

Julia said...

Congratulations! Yeah, there are some things we spell, too. Amazing technology!

Jenny- Sienna's mom said...

Keep up the great work, mom! Can't wait to be there with Sienna! You remind me that it's all worth it!

Shelley said...

Sooo exciting! I can't wait for those days! Way to go Lucas!!!

Jennifer said...

That is so wonderful. I just love hearing stories like these. Keep up the good work. You know, we spell all the time and I never really thought about it. "cookie" gets spelled alot around here. Hmmm...

tammy said...

I just love reading posts like this! YAY LUCAS! I think it's hilarious you have to spell things out. Kailyn is just now picking up on to listen harder when we start spelling, so wait for that day when Lucas is like, "wait ... I heard what you spelled!" We do a lot of whispering too ... especially with the softer consonants like h and p to give them more power. It blows my mind how this miracle is allowing our boys to hear whispers!

BTW ... we're open for another get together whenever you all are! We miss you guys!