~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!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Catching Up!

Ok, a blog update is way, way overdue! So much has happened since the last time I updated! We had a wonderful holiday season and then jumped right into Evy's first hearing birthday! On 1/25/13 we celebrated the 1 year anniversary of Evy hearing sound for the very first time. It was a special day filled with friends, family, love and happiness for our sweet Evy!

We have also had some pretty crazy weather lately! Since Evy hadn't really ever played outside in the snow, we took advantage of it this winter! Even though she could barely move in her snow outfit, she had so much fun sledding and playing outside. Of course I was a nervous wreck about accidentally losing her implants somewhere in the snow! I had her hair up in a ponytail, then put her implants on, put two headbands over them and then had two hats on her. Every time she went down the hill, we'd lift her hat to check that they were still in place. All was fine though, and we made it though the day with no scares! It was a great day with lots of memories made!
Evy has been doing absolutely wonderful at school! I just couldn't be more proud of the progress she's making! She's trying so hard to communicate with everyone and constantly works hard to learn new words and perfect old words. For example, the word "baby" was being pronounced ee-ee for a long time because Evy couldn't pronounce the 'B' and 'A' sounds together. But she worked hard quickly mastered it. Seeing her learn new words and then use them will just never get old!
Evy is also very into watching movies now and has become quite obsessed with Finding Nemo! We watch it multiple times a day and she demands to see it nightly at bedtime. She even carries her Nemo stuffed animal around everywhere. Kyle, Paityn and I have pretty much memorized the movie now and although we may be tired of watching it, I cant say no to her because its just SO cute when she says "Nemo, where are you??"
Although her implants have been working amazingly, Evy has still been having lots of bad ear infections. Back in November she had new tubes put it in and her adenoids out, but it hasn't seemed to help much. Hopefully when the weather gets nicer and the "sick" season is over, we won't have to worry as much. For now though, her ENT felt she should have her tubes taken out and start a month long course of two oral antibiotics, so that's what we did.
The older she gets, the harder it is to put her through these small surgeries. At the hospital, she kept telling all the nurses that walked in the the room to "Get outta here!" Trying to get her to take the daily antibiotics is a whole other battle, but it's getting better! Although it's a tough thing to deal with, I know we are doing the best thing for Evy, and that's what I have to keep reminding myself!
Other than that, we've just been hanging out, waiting for Spring to finally arrive! I have so many fun things planned for Spring and Summer this year, so come on, we're ready!!