Monday, August 16, 2010

The Little Things

I think it's safe to say that Christian's hearing loss and our Cochlear Implant journey has completely changed my perspective on life. I won't sugar coat it and lie and say that it's ALL for the better. Of course I would rather have my son hear naturally. There is no way I would ever WISH his challenges and family struggles on anyone. However, his hearing loss and our Cochlear Implant journey has certainly taught me to truly treasure and value things that may seem so little to some, especially language.

Every word Christian speaks is a gift. It's been that way since Day 1. And now with our sweet Lily, it STILL is a gift. I still find myself getting excited with every word, every final /t/ that she speaks. She discovered the final /s/ sound this past weekend, and I started to cry. Sure she doesn't have a hearing loss, and in theory she doesn't have to work nearly as hard as Christian did. But, those words...those SWEET words...they are a gift. They are my treasures. 


leah said...

They are gifts! I think Val B. wrote a poem to the effect of, "Would the birds sound as sweet?" in reference to the way we appreciate things more when faced with the possibility of their absence. I know I give a silent prayer of thanks every time I hear Nolan singing his ABC's or mimicking his brother's attempted jokes.

It won't be long before you will have a house filled with the hilarious conversations that preschoolers have- Nolan was looking for Spiderman in Matthew's ear the other day. I love every second of it!

Anonymous said...

Just a question, why does Deaf Village tag your blog as ASL (American Sign Language)? You might want to correct that if your story isn't about ASL because everytime I see a blog about ASL, I get excited, but only get disappointed that it is about speech and hearing (btw, I went through speech and hearing phase myself as a oral only 90 db profound deaf in both ears since birth with hearing aids/bodyworn FM, I just get more excited about ASL)

Christian and Lily's Mommy said...

Dear Anonymous,
Deaf Village tags my blog as ASL as while we are raising our son in an oral home, ASL is very much a part of our family life. I continue to learn and develop my signing skills, and both our children (one is hearing) use it in the home daily. Our family celebrates both our spoken language milestones and our sign language milestones. My son is profoundly deaf as well.