Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Little Advocates

For all you mamas I've made very nervous.....

We did take the processors off after a few minutes....And into the Cochlear bag that I use as a beach bag they went. We used our otter boxes that Dani sent me earlier and all survived.
Now, I do have a proud mama story...
I remember a few years ago, I felt like at every turn, I was preparing our environment for my kids. I would see people look at my kids with confusion wondering what was on their heads/ears and I would start explaining sometimes before I was even asked.

Now I've reached a point where I rarely need to do that anymore because my kids do it for themselves. When my kids reached age 3 I was pretty adamant about making sure they answer questions for themselves. I didn't get in the habit of speaking for them once they learned to speak. When I would get that look of "mama you tell them" when someone would question their equipment.....I replied, "they asked you, you tell them" and now it's automatic. In fact, it can be quite funny. When we would go down to the pool or beach, most of the time we left the ci's in the room after that first day. They had heard the sounds of the beach and just found it easier to leave them in the room.

Often times we had to share the elevator with other families and I felt sorry for the people who had to ride with us, it was ATTACK of information. As soon as someone stepped inside, my kids were like overloading them with information.....here was a typical conversation between my kids and the other people on board....(keep in mind it was both kids talking at once w/out knowing it so you can see why my husband calls them "sensory overloads")

two adults board the elevator with us and before the doors close shut...
"hey we're on our way down to swim, we've been at the beach and I found five crabs, and I caught three fish, and my daddy has a huge shell that he found and we saw some dolphins and we're taking our floats so we don't drown and we're gonna be at the pool..."
poor people try to interject but are cut off with ......
"we can't hear you we don't have our processors, we're supposed to have cochlear implants but we don't swim with them so we're deaf and we can't hear you but we're gonna ride a boat this afternoon and I fed a seagull..."
and the door open and all I can say is, "that's a lot of information" and everyone chuckles and they reply with "well they're not bashful that's for sure".........


I'd also like you meet Kate from Alabama over at Bama Ears, one of my favorite little girls...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hee Hee- tried reading their conversation in one breath...just visualizing it made me laugh. they are so funny! You trained 'em well. pictures are beautiful!
glad you had fun!

leah said...

That is too funny! The best thing is that you can rest easy, knowing that they know how to self-advocate (maybe a little too much, lol)!

Danielle said...

I am glad the Outter Box works!!! You take such beautiful pictures.

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore said...

I can so see that...and would LOVE to be stuck in an elevator with Gage and Brook...hahahahha