I want to wish you all a Happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. 2011 brought many changes to our family. It had lots of ups and downs. Highs and lows. We moved to a new place. While we love living at the beach and our new school we miss lots of people and things from our old town.
Calleigh started walking in 2011 which is a huge milestone. She is now RUNNING! She continues to make huge steps in her development and we know she is going to be fine. I am praying we have no set backs in 2012. We still are waiting for the second hole in her heart to close but we are pretty sure it won't close on it's own at this point. I don't plan on fixing it until she is a little older but I don't have full control over the decision. I am hoping to avoid it until 2013.
Ciaran was diagnosed with hearing loss in 2011. To say it came out of left field is an understatement. We are still dealing with the diagnosis. Ciaran has done really well considering his age when he had to start with hearing aids. Some days he says he hates them. Some days he says nothing. We take it day by day. His hearing has been stable since his diagnosis so this is a positive. He is doing well in school and is a pretty well adjusted kid. Ciaran prefers math over reading and has a real knack for it. His reading is coming along just fine but he doesn't really enjoy it.
THE NEPTUNE was FDA approved in 2011. This is really life changing for Cormac. As the worlds first swimmable processor it will give Cormac access to sound he has never heard before. He will hear in the bath for the first time. He will hear in the pool for the first time. There will be a lot of firsts for Cormac once we are able to get our hands on the Neptunes. We are praying we can get them approved by our insurance. I plan on taking lots of video of him experiencing all these amazing "firsts" with his Neptunes. Cormac continues to amaze us with his speech and language. He loves school. He is fully reading. He has lots of friends. He plays soccer and basketball. He is just a typical kid. This makes me sooo happy.
Colin continues to make us smile with his sweet little personality. He is never without a compliment for me and anyone else. He thinks many things are "beautiful" and gorgeous". He still gets upset because according to him "there is nothing wrong with his cochleas" and that makes him different from his brothers. He doesn't like they get to get special services from the Teacher of the Deaf at school and he doesn't get to go. He is a smart little bugger. He surprises me with how much he actually knows.
Much love to all of you in 2012!