Knock on Wood and “Ho Ho Ho”…

18 Dec

Knock on wood…

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you will remember that from time to time I post updates on Jake’s hearing.  As I look back, the updates started around 2 years ago, when he was just about 6 months old.  And it is only FINALLY this week that I feel like we have a temporary solution that is going to be a great one!

The short version is this: Jake has fluid build-up in his ears, which is causing conductive hearing loss.  The goal is to eventually put tubes in, drain the fluid, and restore his hearing.  This has proven to be quite challenging, however, as my child has the smallest ear canals known to man!

The amazing, fantastic, incredible news is that this week we finally got hearing aids for Jake!  These should help in the meantime, while we wait for tubes.  They are really important in this phase of life, as Jake is now firmly entrenched in the age where he needs to be able to hear properly in order to acquire more language, speech, comprehension, and communication skills.  You can imagine, then, how thrilled I am that we finally have hearing aids!

The even more amazing, fantastic, incredible news is that so far, three days into having the hearing aids, Jake is actually doing a great job of keeping them in his ears (for the most part!!).  This is HUGE folks!!  The more he keeps them in, the better he is hearing, and the better he is hearing, the more positive the experience for him.  And believe it or not, I feel like I can see a difference already!  Maybe it’s just me being optimistic, but I feel like he is attempting to copy speech and to imitate new sounds more than he was doing last week!

Hopefully the streak continues, he keeps them in his ears with minimal issues, and we can finally begin to move forward in this journey that has seemed endless.  Knock on wood…

…And “Ho Ho Ho”…

We saw Santa today:)

At a Christmas party we attended a couple of weekends ago, our children were NOT into Santa in the least.  They screamed, they cried, they liked him from about a 5 foot radius, but refused to get any closer!  So, needless to say, we weren’t expecting the best reaction today.

In a surprising turn of events, however, our visit with Santa was great!  Our kids were totally into it, neither of them were scared or crying (although I did sit with Cole on my lap, just for good measure), Jake said “ho ho ho” as we approached him, and they both said bye with a smile and a wave as we were leaving, candy canes clutched in their tiny hands!

And I guess because I was in the picture, we can technically say that all three of our kids were present and accounted for!!



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2 responses to “Knock on Wood and “Ho Ho Ho”…

  1. Jenny

    December 19, 2013 at 7:37 am

    So awesome about the hearing aides!! And great picture with Santa 🙂

  2. Kathy L

    December 19, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Wahooooo!!! And Amen. So happy for Jake and you Slaters!!! Merry Christmas : ) ❤


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