Saturday, July 13, 2013


We've been enjoying the heck out of our summer, with the best yet to come. 

The most important thing that has happened?  L's hearing in his right hear (surgery ear) is normal. This was completely unexpected.  We thought it might get him close and hearing aids would do the rest, but no!  I asked our audiologist what had to happen next, and she said the most beautiful words I've heard in a long time:  "His hearing in that ear is normal.  And we don't treat normal."  So next year we will complete surgery on his left ear, and our hope is that he will be out of hearing aids by Kindergarten. 

In addition, he did not qualify for speech/language services at Children's.  He's behind his peers by a few months, which just amazes us--he didn't hear/speak English until 9 mos ago, and couldn't hear until less than 2 months ago.  Craziness.  We are having him evaluated by the school district (adding in OT as well for the limb deficiency) in September, so we'll see what they have to say.  Color me seriously shocked. 

Other than that, just enjoying the sun!

Fishing for the first time at Lake Curlew in eastern WA:

Loving hanging out on the dock

Happy Dada

Worn out.

Hanging out at Lake Roesigal:

Visit from the cousins:

On the monorail to the Space Needle

Fourth of July in Montana, fishing the Big Hole River:

Not a fan of fireworks.  At all.

Coming up?  Contain your jealousy...we are going to meet Thomas the Train tomorrow!  L is a huge Thomas fan, so it should be thrilling.  And next week, he and I brave a train ride to California.  30 hrs on a train with a 3 year old.  It will be really fun or really not.  We'll see.  It's all in the planning, right?


  1. What FANTASTIC news about his hearing! Wow! Amazing.

    Looks like you guys are having a wonderful summer. Enjoy the rest of it!

  2. Amazing! Magnificent! Oh so Wonderful! Normal hearing in one ear and the possibility of the same for the other! What a reason to celebrate for all of you. I know that you would have managed no matter what, but to find one less challenge in life and one that will make such a huge difference...a tremendous gift!
    Summer looks like it is going well - fishing, train trips, playing with mom and dad and cousins. The best part of traveling on the train to CA is that you can move around. We all know from experience that a 3 year old who can move and walk and crawl and wiggle is a happy camper, so here is to hoping you travel well and safe and arrive sane. Enjoy. (where is your destination in CA?) Cheers!

  3. Love, Love, Love the news about L's hearing! Looks like it is shaping up to be a wonderful summer for all of you. Enjoy the rest and have a great trip.

  4. That is truly awesome news on all medical fronts!

    As for that train ride--I agree with Ann--if he can move around it will be fine, or at least much better than air travel. I cannot wait until we are brave enough to travel with our kids but right now, not so much ;)

  5. Wonderful news about L's hearing! I enjoy reading the updates about how you guys are doing. I'm always amazed by how well our kids adapt to all the changes/challenges in their lives. It's hard for me to believe we've only been home about 10 months when I think about how far Tanner has come.

    Love Cory & L's matching haircuts! :)

  6. You know what is amazing. In all the time I have been reading your blog and looking at the pictures, I have always been looking at his face, what he was doing , etc.and I NEVER ONCE even noticed his arm. So much life and energy shines from the photos and his personality. Today when I re-read your post, and I finally looked at a picture closely, I thought "Oh, okay, limb deficiency...OT may be helpful to expand his range of things he can do", but after looking at all of the things he does and you do as a family, I have never thought of him as being limited, just extremely cute and busy like any other pre-schooler. Here's to hoping that the good news continues and his hearing in the other ear responds to surgery as beautifully as the first one. Amazing progress. Wonderful kid. Keep writing , please.

  7. Molly - would you send me your email address, please. Thanks. AnnaJ

  8. ahhhhh!! that is great news!!! can you believe it's been a year since we were in china together?!? he is looking GREAT!

  9. ahhhhh!! that is great news!!! can you believe it's been a year since we were in china together?!? he is looking GREAT!