I would hate to say that I take one moment of life with Danny for granted; we have fought, he has fought, far too hard for that. But I do some days; I take for granted that he can walk, can laugh, can eat, can even listen! I snuck into the bedroom to get my slipped this morning with John sleeping in, and I heard the door creep open behind me, so I did what anyone would do: I rushed over, said in a hushed voice, “Danny, let’s go downstairs,” and gave a sigh of relief when my son turned around and did as I’d asked.
Then, as I quietly closed the door behind me and put my slippers on, I realized what had just happened – and what a true miracle it was. There was no signing, no gesturing, just my whispered voice and Danny’s pure understanding.
Just now, I told Eric he needed to wash his face. I told him to get around his mouth, and Danny immediately opened his mouth as wide as he could. Seemingly random, perhaps, but that’s what Danny does when we ask him where his mouth is. (Stinkin’ cute, too!)
A lot of times, I write about what Danny says and hears, and I think to myself how hard it is to really describe in words the little miracles of our life with cochlear implants. I finally took some time and some structure to show off a few of the fun things Danny is up to these days – by no means all of them, but if you notice at the end, he was quite clear that he was done with listening and showing off for the camera. (As soon as I put the camera down and took the tray off the highchair, he tried to put them back on, then after letting me help “fix” them, he ran off babbling and laughing.) Danny at 2 years 2 months old, 15 months hearing age:
soggy gramma here, that is just soooo amazing Kel. What a great kid he is. I am going to watch this again and again and cry some more. Thanks so much. Love, mom
I love it, Kel! He is such a cute kid.
He’s just too cute!
I loved his “e,i,e,i,o”! He’s so cute! Go Danny go!