Sunday, January 30, 2011

Apologies all around... it's REALLY been awhile since my last post. Apologies all aound, but I won't even give you an excuse this time! Bottom line, Elliott's progress is amazing and he started a local mainstream preschool down by our house. He has friends galore and even a few girlfriends! We couldn't have imagined he would be so successful with his Harmonies. His little brother was born in mid-October and he is doing fabulous! His name is Dominic and he passed his newborn screening test as well as a follow-up ABR we insisted he have just be confirm the newborn test. I could go on for paragraphs, but want to keep this post short and sweet. I promise to post at least once a month from now on! (Don't worry about the pic...Elliott didn't hit Dom, I just snapped the shot at the perfect time!)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sorry it's been awhile! Elliott IS going to be a big brother in October and what can I's been busy! Anyway, I wanted to share this video of the car ride home after our recent vacation to Tennessee. It's just a typical kid with a fun imagination playing in the backseat with his grandma; but that's my point. You would never guess / know that Elliott is profoundly deaf by listening to him speak! The vacation went great considering the 100 degree heat we sat in through three night of concerts. Elliott was a real trooper and has fallen in love with Kelly Pickler (a country music star.) He was waving to her, blowing her kisses and calling her a "hubba hubba!" He had a pretty big following in the crowd sitting around us and people were shocked that he was "technically" deaf. He even had a few twenty-something guys behind us entertained. They wanted to take pictures with Elliott, give him high fives and talk to him throughout the three day event. As parents, we couldn't believe that in all that noise we were able to hold a normal conversation with Elliott without having to raise our voice. There was a huge crowd, feedback from the overheated sound system and a helicopter flying overhead and he heard just about every word we said! We are chalking it up to being wonderful parents...but suspect his recent upgrade to 100% T-Mic (thanks AB!!!) had something to do with it!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just wanted to share Elliott's latest ice skating video. He's making great progress considering two weeks ago all he would do was sit on the ice. He talks about hockey non-stop and wants to skate "like the big boys" so we had him try it on his own. The staff at Midwest Training and Ice is fabulous and help Elliott every step of the way. We're so proud ans still shocked that a child with vestibular issues like Elliott can stand up on ice! Usher's will not stop Elliott, just make him work a bit harder....

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Elliott had a blast ice skating today with mommy, daddy and Papa T! He wasn't scared at all (especially since last time didn't go so well!) and was pretty eager to get on the ice! We were bummed because he couldn't take his hockey stick for balance, but he tried! He did a few laps with daddy, a couple with mommy and even one with daddy and Papa T. We didn't layer him up with a ton of clothing so I think that helped him have more elbow room! We are considering signing him up for skating lessons, but aren't sure about the whole helmet situation with his implants. I'll keep you guys posted on that. We finished off the afternoon with a trip out for pizza with all the grandparents. What a fun day...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Just wanted to show all of you Elliott's new SkinIt featuring the Chicago Blackhawks! Funny how Lightning McQueen is now a thing of the past...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What fun Elliott had in the snow with Daddy on Sunday! I have always been nervous to let him play in the snow because of his CI's. I know AB's are very water resistant and warrantied as such, but I was still nervous! We put on a headband and an Under Armour hat to keep out the moisture and it worked like a charm! He wasn't 100% in his snow boots, but neither was Mommy! Chief even came outside for a bit and we all rolled around in the snow and threw it at each other! We made a mess coming inside and had to shake everything out in the laundry tub; there was snow everywhere!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy Holidays! Christmas was an event (as it always is) to remember! I don't want to even talk about how many presents Elliott got or how long it took me to sort through old toys and clothes to make room for the new ones. We did the smart thing this year and went with mostly educational toys. Any of my CI moms need to buy Listening Lotto games for your children. They listen to a CD and place markers or point to the different sounds they hear. We have Sounds Around the House which covers telephones, dogs barking, ovens beeping and a lot of other things! We also bought Sounds on the Farm and Sounds from the Environment. How amazing that with AB's awesome technology (HiRes 120) Elliott can hear a bird chirping on a CD!!!!!

You know he had to get lots of CARS stuff as well as a few more John Deere items that he surprisingly didn't already have! We capped off the Christmas weekend with a trip to Nashville to watch the Chicago Blackhawks kick the Nashville Predators butt!!!! Elliott loved the game and proudly sang the song they play in Chicago when the Hawks score. He didn't care that we were in enemy territory...he sand it all by himself!!! When I asked Elliott if he got everything he wanted to Christmas he said, "Yes, I think so, but I want a brother like T. (one of his friends from school.)" Ok Elliott...we'll see!!!