I just received a phone call today that I have been anxiously awaiting.
The geneticist called to let us know that Liliana did not inherit either of our mutated Connexin 26 genes. She is not a carrier, and should not have a hearing loss associated with Connexin 26.
While I am so happy for Lily, I can't help but have mixed emotions. My heart hurts a bit more for Christian. One of my biggest fears is Christian feeling left-out, different, or alone. Sure, he has a big personality to match is big brown eyes and big beautiful smile. I know I don't have much to worry about him when it comes to social skills. I just wish I could look ahead to the future to make sure that he never feels like he doesn't fit in our family.
We do everything we can to celebrate his magic ears, and we are so fortunate that our friends and family do as well. Cochlear Implants are becoming more mainstream (hopefully there will be a day when randoms don't ask me about that "THING" on my kid's head), and Christian attends school with mostly hearing children who are used to being in class with a child who wears a CI. Our friends in our neighborhood have educated their children that Christian plays with about his CI. I know that there will be times in his life where he does feel a bit different. I just am not ready to deal with that yet.