Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Maggie is wearing her loaner hearing aid and although it is a little big, IT WORKS ! And what it lacks in style and cuteness it makes up for it in function.
Maggie has started back to babbling and making sounds. Finally ! It has been a while since we heard her babble and I was missing her sweet, little baby girl voice. In fact, it sounded like she said "elbow" tonight. She has a little quirky thing about "talking" to my elbow. We showed her that she also has elbows and now she keeps pointing to her it. Very cute !
Monday, July 26, 2010
We finally got Maggie's hearing aid back last Wednesday, only to quickly find out it is still broken. She has not been able to "hear" for over three weeks ( maybe longer) and her language has gone way,way,way down. I am struggling with feeling very frustrated ! And, the engineers in Switzerland don't know how to fix it. They know there is a problem with their bone conduction hearing aids, but can't seem to figure out the solution. The company is making new hearing aids that hopefully will work, but they won't be available until September.
So, we are heading to Birmingham on Tuesday to try a loaner hearing aid on a metal headband. Please pray that it will fit her head ( they only have one and it is not a small) and that it will stay on. We desperately desire Maggie to hear and talk. It has been like a hard jab in the stomach knowing her hearing aid is not fixable right now. It also made me so much more thankful for her hearing aid and the ability to hear. Never take for granted your children's hearing and talking. It is a precious thing that you don't realize until it is not there.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The End !
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Oh, yeah. Her hearing aid has been gone for over two weeks now. Some how it broke. hmmm... a very fragile, tiny hearing aid headband on a very active, likes to be upside down a lot twenty month old. It was inevitable. We hope to get it back tomorrow.
Maggie has not missed it one bit. In fact, her language improved a little for the first two days without her hearing aid. But, then she got very quite again and I am afraid we have had a little set back in her speech. The good news is that she has continued to move ahead developmentally and started doing peak-a-boo this week ( along with a long list of other amazing things that might bore everyone else but me). We have had to speak loudly in her right ear and she seems to understand us just fine. We also found out she can hear the phone ring and can read my lips when I ask her where the ball is. And how cute is her hair with just a simple bow ? I am loving it ! ( her hair without a headband, not her missing hearing aid)
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
She's also very jealous of the boys. When Walker and Will sit in my lap, she starts crying, pitifully throws herself down on the floor and looks to see if my lap still holds another child in it besides her. Maggie thinks I am her mother and no one else's ! Well, I know that being jealous is not the best thing to be, but I have to say I love that she sees me as her mom and doesn't want to share me. And, I love to scoop her up and place her in my lap, telling her I love her. The boys don't mind either. How could they ? They love her so much and understand her need for attention right now. She is definitely treasured and loved over and abundantly !
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Maggie was so far behind developmentally when she came home. I remember sitting in the hotel in China and wanting to help her so bad. When we started speech therapy and occupational therapy I was introduced to some great toys to help Maggie developmentally. She has been home six months now and has just about caught up with her peers except for language which is to be expected. Here are some of my favorite toys that have helped Maggie grow and develop.I call this the "Piggy Bank". I used an empty large yogurt container and cut a slit in the top. We use checker pieces, quarters or bingo chips to put in the slot. This is great for hand eye coordination and fine motor skills and Maggie loves to "play" with her bank.
A Magnet/Marker Board has really helped Maggie's grasping, fine motor and hand eye coordination too. When she first got the magnets, Maggie couldn't even pick them up. Now, it is her favorite thing to do and she has gotten very good at picking them up and putting them on the board.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Maggie drew her first wall "masterpiece" today when I wasn't looking. She really loves to color with a crayon and doodle on paper. Now, I think her medium of choice is a nice, painted dry wall. The good thing is that her fine motor skills are much better and she can hold a pencil and draw. I think she did pretty good with drawing a straight line too. The bad thing is that now I have to be more diligent about pencils, pens, markers and a little girl who can climb and draw !
Monday, July 5, 2010
Maggie saw her first fire works show last night and she loved it. Chuck and I just watched her face the whole time. She was memorized by the fire works. She was jumping up and down on my lap the whole time during the show. I am sure she heard the loud booms ( She did not have her hearing aid on) but they were probably at a lower decibel so she was not scared at all. It has been a very special 4th of July this year as we celebrate Maggie's American citizenship. It's a big deal and we know how blessed it is to be an American !
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3