Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Birthday Boy!

I am a few days late in posting, but Treyson had a birthday last Saturday. He turned five years old!!! I know everyone says this, but I can't believe he is that old. He has always been a sensitive little thing and I love that about him. I love the endless amount of flowers he has brought to me and how sweet of a brother he is, especially to Traxton. He was the best early Christmas present I have ever gotten. Happy Birthday Treyson!Treyson's first Christmas at seven days old.

Treyson has always had an eye for the prettiest flowers.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Beautiful Ears!

November brought three different trips for us to Salt Lake for doctor appointments. After Traxton's initial activation of his cochlear implants, we had to keep going back for them to be "turned up" and adjusted. It felt like we were constantly driving and staying in hotel rooms, but after our appointment last week, everything has been worth it.

We took Traxton into the sound booth for testing with his implants on to see what he is hearing. Poor Traxton has spent so many hours in sound booths over his 2 1/2 years trying to determine his current level of hearing. It is very safe to say that he has been less than cooperative in the past. This visit was different. He sat on my lap and turned to almost every sound that was made over the speaker as soon as even I heard it. It was such a neat experience to see his progress in only one month since he was activated. His hearing on the right side was pretty much at a normal level.

We took him back into the sound booth the next day to test his left ear and the results were not quite as good. We are not sure if he just didn't want to respond or if he really couldn't hear the sounds. (That's the worst part of the sound booth. We are always trying to analyze whether he really couldn't hear the sounds or if he could hear them and didn't want to turn his head.) So next time we will start with his left ear to see if the results are different. In the meantime, we are going to do some therapy with only his left aid on to help his brain rely on that side. We are thinking that the right ear may be the dominant side and his brain hasn't taken the time to learn to hear as well from the left side.

He is more vocal than ever and we love hearing his little voice. He definitely knows what he is saying and I look forward to the time when I will know what he is saying without relying on signs. Although, he is pretty good with his signing and he's making multiple word sentences. We are so excited for his progress and are so thankful for technology that makes his hearing possible.