Well, we're home. Yesterday was a long day of traveling, but we made it home to our beds by about midnight. Unfortunately, Lucas is still on west coast time. Last night he went to bed at 1 AM (10 PM), woke up at 10 AM (7 AM), napped from 3-5 PM (12-2 PM), and wouldn't got to bed until almost 11 PM (8 PM). The west coast times don't sound quite as ridiculous. Hopefully we can get his schedule situated soon!
I bet the halls of JTC were empty this morning without the pitter patter of little bionic kid feet and the coffee brewing for knowledge-hungry parents. Lucas still asks about his teachers & friends all the time, and it makes me cry. Tonight before bed he said bye-bye to everyone in his class. I think he gets it. But, it's hard for me not to be able to take him to see his friends.
We're trying to adjust to the super humid weather around here. I now understand why Southern California is so densely populated. The weather is just spectacular. I feel like I live in a tropical rain forest without the fun rain forest part here in the northeast.
I think it was easier adjusting to life there than re-adjusting to life here. I will admit that it was comforting to get back into our crossover at the airport and drive home; it was comfortable to sleep in our own bed; it was exciting to see our cats & family. But, it's back to reality. It's time to buy a house (since ours is sold). It's time to get ready to go back to work (that's school for us). It's time to seek another opinion about a 2nd implant for Lucas. It's time to get Lucas a new earmold for his hearing aid. It's time to reconnect with friends and family. It's time to prepare Lucas for preschool. AND... it's time to put everything we learned at JTC into practice. Since it's our goal to "integrate listening into our child's personality", we must now integrate our new skills into our daily routines. Like I said at support group one day. "We're not going to change what we do as a family, we're just going to change how we do it." Let's get this party started.
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!