We got back from our trip this past Saturday. It had been a fantastic two weeks (minus the driving..although the boys did amazingly well for a 11 hr trip).
I forgot just how HOT the south gets! Whew...we didnt get to spend too much time on the beach due to heat (and sand being EVERYWHERE). I mean everywhere...thank goodness for the otter box~ that kept the processors clean, dry and sand free! I have a great picture of Thomas sitting in his beach chair, under the umbrella and in front of his beach tent...the kid had it made! Big brother had a blast with Dad and their body boards floating around the ocean. I went in up to my knee's and that was enough! lol Thomas, being the dare devil he is, wanted to walk in and swim with Dad and Jon..that is until a wave came and knocked him over. I had a really good grip on his hand so I pulled him right back up. He yelled a big "NO" to the ocean and walked back to his toddler paradise that was waiting for him.
When we were in Myrtle Beach we stayed at a beautiful resort with alot of nice people (except for the note that was left for us...long story). Thomas and I were in the pool when a little girl swam over to us and started talking. While we were talking Thomas started talking. The little girl asked me what Thomas was saying. I avoided the question a few times (thinking she was too young to understand CI's and deafness...she was 7) than I started with "Thomas was born deaf and he has things called cochlear implants that help him hear...." I wasnt finished with my sentence when she says "my brother has one of those". I explained a bit further and she looked at me like "DUH..what did I just say?". lol She went on to tell me that her older brother had gotten really sick when he was younger and lost his hearing. He only wears one but he had already lost two of his processors and their Mom wasn't happy about it". She was the sweetest little girl and she and Thomas had an instant bond. It was pretty cool.
I did spend alot of time explaining to different people about Thomas, his deafness, hearing aids and cochlear implants. Now, when Thomas hears me start talking about cochlear implants he will turn his head and show whomever I am talking to his ear and the equipment and than he will say "Hear". It's pretty cute.
We go back to therapy tomorrow. It's been 2 wks since we have been and I do have one concern. Thomas has started refusing to wear his left processor. I am not sure why...so tonite I changed the microphone cover and connected the babyworn cable and the snugfit. He may be getting too much distracting noise from wearing the processor on his shirt (his right side is wore on his ear..left side pinned to his shirt). So, we will see tomorrow morning how he takes to wearing both sides on the ear.
He has really started talking alot. Although his pronunciation isn't that great. (another concern of mine which I will bring up tomorrow). We saw ALOT of semi-trucks, worker trucks(bull dozer, digger, etc) and motorcycles. Whenever Thomas would see any of the above he would say "Daddy has ......" either big truck, truck or motorcylcle. Motorcycle comes out pretty cute...kind of like "otototike". I am going to try to get it on video...to save to show him when he is older!!!
Now, its back to our same daily routine! 3 weeks until school starts (I am already getting sad about that). I am going to try to make the most of my mornings...no rushing...that will come in a few weeks!