Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Name Game

Sometimes I wonder if he would catch his name a bit easier if we named him something a bit more simple, like Ed, Bob, or Joe. How was I supposed to know I was going to have a profoundly deaf baby who, up until 2 weeks ago, didn't have access to 90 percent of the sounds in his name? What did his name sound like before his implant? Did he just hear the cadence of my voice? Was he only hearing the "N" sound?

CHRISTIAN.

CHRISTIAN.

CHRISTIAN.

These past two weeks, I've had an opportunity to really think about his name. I've listened to it my heart, bouncing all over, twisting and turning, jumping and flying. I close my eyes and remember the day that we decided that was the name we were going to call our baby boy. We chose the name even before we met him. We believed in the name. We knew in our hearts that our boy, would be CHRISTIAN.

CHRISTIAN.

CHRISTIAN.

CHRISTIAN.

Today he turned when I called his name. He was in his high chair, eating his dinner. And when he turned, I immediately remembered one of the many reasons that we chose that name. As my little boy turned, and focused his huge, beautiful, coffee brown eyes on his Mommy, I felt an amazing sense of Peace. Peace that reminds me that Christ is in everything we do, even when we least expect it.

6 comments:

Melissa said...

I'm coming out of the wood work.. I've enjoyed reading your journey with Christian. I've had similar thoughts with my son, Nolan (2yo) who has a moderate hl. I really was pushing for SETH. And the "s" and "th" are all such quiet sounds I'm glad we went with Nolan.

elizabeth said...

Ooh, that is such a beautiful reflection!

leahlefler said...

He sounds like he's doing great- and he's finally hearing all the sounds of his name! I love your blog posts- they are so touching. We also have a Nolan, though of course his worse loss is the low frequencies! Thank goodness those low frequency sounds tend to be louder than the high frequency sounds, lol.

tammy jean said...

Love your posts! I was thinking about this the other day as well ... Aiden ... and where the sounds in his namer were on the frequency chart (that I knew nothing about even 2 months ago). What does he hear? Should I stress different syllables to make one part stand out more than the other? It amazes me what we need to think of as deaf/hoh moms that I never thought about before with my hearing kids. How exciting he turned when you said his name ... melts my heart!

Christian's Mommy said...

Thank you all for following us, and sharing in our journey!

Abbie said...

Unbelievable! This is such a great moment for you to share :)