Wednesday, April 28, 2010


One year ago today, lil Ava's cochlear implants were turned on. One year ago today, lil Ava heard sound for the very first time. One year ago today, was one of the most exciting days of our lives....ever. One year ago, our fears were released and we could take that deep breath....I mean that deep in-the-pit-of-your-stomach breath, and just let it all go. And as the days went on, and seeing how quickly Ava was adapting to the implants and how quickly she was learning new sounds and verbalizing, each breath became much easier. Ava was going to be o.k. Ava is going to have a bright future. Ava is going to go to school, just like a regular kid. No, the journey is not over. But the ride has been mostly exciting and positive. We had to learn not to dwell on her deafness. Not to dwell on the fact that she needs special equipment on her head to hear. But to dwell instead on how well she can hear and speak. To dwell on the bright future ahead of her. To dwell on how Ava has really glued this blended family together, by having all her siblings eagerly participate in encouraging her to learn to listen and speak. And how we are confident that Ava, with all her happiness, zest for life and chutzpah, will have the ability to advocate and stand up for herself. We have set the bar high and we don't look back. Ava, we are so proud of you!
Here's a little video of Ava enjoying one of her favourite books..........

1 comment:

  1. Awwwww Amy what a beautiful post! She's speaking so well in the video for just one year after activation! Just amazing! This whole journey is just simply amazing! Happy hearing birthday sweet girl!