I have been prepared for this. It's not like I didn't know that things would be *different* once he was activated and the hearing aid was taken off the other ear. I just didn't expect what we are going through. I've noticed a couple of BIG differences immediately following Christian's activation, and it's taking a couple of days for me to get used to it too.
He's not responding to his name, which is REALLY hard for us. We've been so blessed that Christian was a fantastic hearing user, and he would turn to his name at the drop of a hat. Our EI teacher, the lovely Mrs. M reminded me that the way his name sounds to him with his implant is TOTALLY different then what he heard aided. Who knew what "Christian" sounded like to him. He didn't even have access to the "Ch" sound. Additionally, I've noticed that his voice now sounds a bit deeper and muffled when he babbles. Yet, at the same time, he's also ALOT louder than he was prior to activation. I remember right when he was aided that he was a loud little monkey for a couple of days.
Whenever people ask me how we're doing with all of this, I say we're taking it one day at a time with this. I feel like I literally JUST got the hang of dealing with Christian and his aids and his therapy. Now, things are completely different, and it's a totally different road. Don't get me wrong...I'm ready for this road trip. Especially since this road trip has a really cool destination.