FINALLY! We are only 3 more days away from getting Christian's hearing aids. It's hard to believe that it has taken us THIS long to finally get him aided, but it's almost here. I can't even begin to describe how excited we are as a family to get the little guy his ears. Christian's aids will be set low, and gradually increased to high settings as the weeks go by. I JUST CAN'T WAIT!
I know that I want the first words he hears out of his aids to be "I Love You Christian", but I can't decide what the first SONG I want him to hear. Right now, it's a toss-up between Lie in Our Graves by DMB and In My Life by The Beatles.
We've been working on ALOT of ASL, and Christian has definitely picked up the sign for "Milk" and is almost there for "More". I know over the past couple of years, many folks with hearing babies have used signs as a way to communicate with their kids. I think that is AWESOME and a wonderful bonding experience for the parents and child. I will say though, as a Mommy to HOH baby, signing has taken on a whole new meaning for us. Right now, without his aids, signing is the only way that Christian can "hear" us. Even when he gets his aids, we still will have to rely on his signs.
I've been trying to get mentally prepared for Friday--Christian's grandma ordered the infamous Hanna Andersson pilot hats that according to many other Mommies of Deaf and HOH babies, are THE trick to keeping aids and cochlear implants on. Unfortunately, my monkey's has a Charlie Brown noggin', and we need to order a size up!