I didn’t realize it had been such a long time since my last update. I was 32 weeks and now little peanut is just over 7 months old!
The last several weeks of the pregnancy were rough. I went from bedrest and being able to work from home to complete bedrest in the same week. Little one tried coming at 33 weeks, so the goal was to get to me to 37 weeks. We managed to get to 37 weeks and then I was induced.
She entered the world at 1:09 PM on November 16th weighing 8lbs 13oz. Let me tell you I do not want to know how much more she would’ve weighed had she baked any longer lol.
We soon discovered this little one, would start our adventure in learning sign language. She failed her first hearing test just like Makaylah, so I didn’t think anything of it at first, then she failed her second, but they said that it could still be fluid. So we went back to the hospital a week later, and she failed that test leading us to a pediatric audiologist. Sure enough she was diagnosed with moderate to severe hearing loss.
She is absolutely perfect in our eyes. That day we were given the diagnosis, my head was spinning just a bit with everyone I was told we would be in touch with. At first I was very confused who did what. We see the audiologist regularly right now, a hearing specialist to make sure she is staying where she should for all her milestones and how we can help her, a case worker who sets goals every 6 months, her regular Dr/Pediatrician who has been great keeping everything together and up to date, and then an ENT because she has had fluid since day 1. We will be getting ear tubes very soon.
Fast forward to today and she is about 7 1/2 months old now.
I have been able to go to a few events to help me connect to other parents who have child with hearing loss. I have attended an advocacy class, and I even started online ASL courses. I want her to always feel comfortable in her own home, and never have to struggle to communicate with us, or be exhausted from “communicating” all day out of the house and then just not want to when she gets home. This is her safe place and we will do everything we can to ensure she always feels safe, loved, and not like she is has to “work” to talk to her family.
When I was told I was pregnant, the day of my tubal procedure, I could’ve never imagined where this would lead us. I cannot imagine my life with her, and I cannot imagine not wanting to learn sign language now.
She was the blessing we never saw coming, and she completes my heart.