Our precious little boy, Aiden, was diagnosed at birth with profound hearing loss in both ears; he was born deaf. This site is to help journal my feelings, keep family and friends updated on our son's journey, but more than anything, I hope our story can help ease another family's worries as so many other families have eased mine.
Another chapter in our life opens ... this is Our Journey to and beyond cochlear implants ... Our Journey to let Aiden hear.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Take Me Out to the Ballgame ...
... take me out to have fun! One of my favorite things to do as a mom is watch my kids play sports. And I LOVE Ryan's baseball games! This year has been tough getting to see the whole game though since I chase Aiden around everywhere, but in the same breath I'm loving all the great listening and learning opportunities there are at the ballpark! Even better ... Aiden's responding to them!
We usually start off like this ... clean and happy and strapped in. But not for long.
and once he's out, mom doesn't see much more of the game!
Before too long something catches Aiden's attention and like Houdini, he makes his way out.
This time it was a dog.
The licking, petting, and barking, the soft fur ... Aiden loved every minute of it.
and no, we're not getting a dog.
Then we walked down to watch Ryan "play baseball".
"Catch the ball", "Throw the ball", "Hit the ball".
"Run, Ryan run!" or "Slide, Ryan slide!"
Two other great vocabulary words we get in at EVERY game are "in and out". To keep Aiden entertained (because toys just don't do the trick), we let him take everything OUT of the cooler and his diaper bag, then he puts it all back IN.
The highlight of this day in particular was when Aiden heard the airplane. He's heard them before, but has never looked up on his own without me prompting him to listen. As soon as the plane flew over I just watched and waited.
and my little man looked right up in the sky ... he was in awe.
"Yes Aiden! You hear an airplane! ahhhh-ahhh-ahhhh-ahhh!"