I was telling some of the Margarita Mommas the other night that now that we're past the surgery, and the drama that preceded it, that I seriously am at at a loss. I've lived Christian's first 15 months (and my first 15 months as a new Mom) on edge. If I wasn't pressing doctors for answers or appointments, I was researching communication options. I was using all my free time to learn ASL, Cued Speech, and to connect with other D/HOH families. I watched countless activation videos on YouTube. I made books, binders, and flash cards. I completely immersed myself.
So, I found something else to immerse myself in: PRESCHOOL. What else was I supposed to do during this amazing downtime that we have between surgery and activation? I wasn't about ready to chill and hang out at Starbucks and go shopping at Nordies (although I have made sure to book more cocktails and scrapbooking nights as of late).
Our county has a wonderful program that starts at age 3 for D/HOH kiddos. The preschool is fantastic. However, other than a toddler group that meets twice a week with parents and our home visits, there is nothing else for Christian between 18-24 months (not counting his weekly therapy through Hopkins).I've been looking into a school that integrates both hearing and D/HOH children that partners with our CI Center as a possible resource for us and I requested some information for their 2 year old program and their therapists as well. I'm just trying to get all the information I can. And I know, I am obsessing.