~Evynn Reese~

My daughter, Evynn Reese was born on 11/1/2010. At 10 months old she was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss in both ears. This blog documents her journey to hear. It includes ups, downs, testing, hearing aids, cochlear implants, therapy, school and everything else going on in our crazy but wonderful life! Evynn is such a strong, incredible little girl and we are so very proud of her!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Florida Vacation, Back to School, and Starting Dance

On Tuesday 8/29/2012, we left for our annual family Florida vacation. But this vacation was different than the previous ones because this was Evy's first "hearing" vacation! We made great family memories and had an amazing time! We enjoyed the ocean, sand, pool, sun, Disney World, and most of all, had a great time visiting family!

We started off by loading up the rental car and driving to Destin, Fl to see Evy's Great Grandparents!
Evy was so good on the way down, she slept the whole way! When we arrived in Destin, we didn't have the best weather because of the tropical storms, but we made the best of our time there and truly enjoyed spending time with Kyle's grandparents.
After a couple days in Destin, it was off to Sarasota, to see my Grandma. Luckily, the weather in Sarasota was BEAUTIFUL! We even got a little sun burn, but we were so excited to see the sun and didn't mind :)
Kyle, the girls and I had a ton of fun visiting with my Grandma, Aunt, Uncle and cousins. After that we headed to Clearwater to visit my other Aunt, Uncle and cousin. The girls had a blast at Clearwater Beach, and I could barely keep Evy out of the water!
There were a couple of times where I got a little sad knowing that Evy couldn't hear herself splashing or hear the waves rolling in, but every time I saw that huge smile on her face I knew that there was no reason to be upset. She was having too much fun for me to feel sad. One day when she's a little older and more responsible, we'll let her wear her "ears" on the beach. But for now, we didn't take the chance and she didn't seem to mind one bit. In fact, later on that day she embraced the silence and took a nice nap right on my chest!
The next day was the day we'd been waiting for...Disney World! Kyle and I had debated whether or not to take Evy since she is still so young. My Aunt offered to watch her for the day and we considered, but in the end we thought Evy would really enjoy herself and decided to take her. I am SO happy with our decision because Evy truly had the time of her life! She rode every ride that she was tall enough for and loved all the characters, parades, music, and lights.
When we arrived at Disney, we went to guest relations and asked if we could keep Evy in the stroller while going through the lines. From past experiences, I know that normally they require strollers to be parked outside of the attractions. Just the thought made me nervous because Evy walks around with over $20,000 in hearing devices on her head, so losing them at a huge place like Disney would be horrible! Disney's guest relations did not ask any questions, and without hesitation, came back with a "Guest Access" card. We didn't wait in a single line all day long! It made our trip a much smoother one and put our minds at ease. For once in her life, Evy's deafness was to her advantage for a day, and seeing her smile all day long made me so happy!
Evy got to meet Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle!

Evy danced, waved, smiled and pointed out her favorite characters during the day parade.
And with her guest access pass, she was able to sit front and center for the night parade. She had the best time!
Evy made it all day long with only about a 45 minute nap in the stroller, I was shocked! She was a trooper and stayed awake until we got settled at the hotel, but when she passed out for the night, she sure did sleep good!
We spent the next day at Downtown Disney and then headed back to St. Louis. We all had a wonderful time on vacation, but we were pretty anxious to get back to our own beds!

When we got home we jumped back into our normal schedule. I had 4 more days off, but Kyle went to work, Paityn went back to school and Evy had her first day of school at Moog for the new school year. I thought she might give us a little trouble getting back into the routine, but she walked right on in and was very excited to be back. She had a wonderful day!
Evy also just started dance and had her very first class on Monday. She LOVED it...and looked so stinkin' cute in her dance outfit!
Evy has also been doing incredibly well with her speech and vocabulary. She is talking more than ever and her little personality is really starting to show. It seems like she matured overnight! Her new favorite word is "No!" Every time I say something that she doesn't like, her response is "No!" Although it's not always what I want to hear, I can't help but smile at her efforts to be bossy, sassy and independent. It's just too cute :)  


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