Thought i'd give you guys an update on Owen

someone messaged me asking how we were doing, so i thought i'd say hi.

Things with us are not too bad. I got laid off back in september and now work contract from home. work is VERY inconsistent though, so i'm still looking for something else. owen is still going to daycare, though. no way i could get work done with him "helping". hahaha

i can't remember if i posted this anywhere on nc.com, but owen was finally diagnosed with hearing loss in august this year. after months and months of them monitoring it since birth, they finally got confirmation that yes he has moderate hearing loss.
it was a surprise, and not a surprise at the same time. just glad to have a final answer i guess!
owen is doing GREAT with his hearing aids. we got them the beginning of november, and he's wearing them all the time now. he's finally starting to talk, which is wonderful. still no mommy yet, but he says "bobby" to me sometimes, and i count that for now! hahaha. otherwise, we're learning sign language and get lessons once a week in our house through a state program. so owen signs a ton. we just did a count and he's at 45 signs now. yeah! he tries to say the word when he signs, and before they were just sounds, but he's gradually getting words out. train sounds like ain. that kinda stuff.
he was getting SO frustrated not being able to tell us what he wanted before we started signing, and now?. he's realizing that if he asks for cheese, we will get it. POWER! hahaaha

so, that's the scoop with us. a whole lot of stuff, and nothing at all. hahaha
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Yay! I was just thinking of you and Owen. I am glad to hear that things are going well for him. It sounds like he is adjusting fantastically. Way to go on 45 signs!

I hope you find some consistent work soon. Extra bonus if it's something you will enjoy.


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel
Hey. I am sorry about Owen's hearing loss, but so glad to hear that you are working through it. Sounds like he is progressing wonderfully.
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I didn't know you had some concerns about Owen. I'm glad you got confirmation and subsequent support from the state. Signing is starting to and will continue to open up a whole new world of language for him.

All the best and thanks for the update.
Meghan, being a CODA (child of Deaf Adults) I understand the benefit that sign language can bring him. I currently work in a school for the Deaf and I sometimes work as an interpreter and a sign language teacher to siblings of Deaf kids. I know a lot of resources, etc, and if you ever need anything, let me know.
I'm so glad to see that you are encouraging him to sign. Believe it or not, there are a lot of parents that don't push it because they feel it will hinder their child's speaking development. FYI, both of my parents speak very well and have done extremely well for themselves.
It always makes me happy to hear when parents are doing what is best for their kids, and that, IMO, is allowing them to communicate any way they can. You are a great mom!

Thanks for this update. I didn't realize you were dealing with this but it sounds like you and Owen are doing well. It's amazing how much easier things get when your child is able to communicate with you. I know you are relieved to have answers and solutions. And kudos to Owen for learning so many signs!
thanks for all of the well wishes.

i had no idea, munchy, but thank you for the resources!
yeah, i didn't talk about it much on here because i wasn't sure what was going on. Owen was failing his hearing screenings since birth, but passed an ABR at 6 weeks, so they thought it was just fluid. we went back for physical response testing as he got older, and it wasn't until he was around 14 months that they felt he was not where he should be. after a sedated ABR we got confirmation.

i'm all about signing. as soon as we found out at 14 mo he was behind, we bought signing DVD's to help him start learning. he was getting SO frustrated. and all of a sudden, he knew how to ask for more, or a drink, or some food.
we got owen some sweet hearing aids which are clear blue and silver. they look pretty high tech! now that we know what is going on, i'm all about talking about it with people. i'm very much hoping us being at ease with this will make our families and friends more comfortable. i want them to see his hearing aids the same as you would a pair of glasses.
my parents have learned a couple signs. so has my husband's parents. and my nephew who is owen's age is learning it as well. it's nice.

anyway, here he is!!!
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Aww, he's so cute, Meghan! I'm not sure if you're familiar with the Baby Signing Time series http://www.signingtime.com/ but it's very well received among my peers. My husband and I are signing to our little one so that she's familiar with ASL. After all, half of my family is Deaf (it's genetic in my family) and my husband learned when he met me, is now fluent, and works with Deaf socially and emotionally disturbed children.
For any child, I think it's awesome to give them a lot of different venues of expression and communication.

For any child, I think it's awesome to give them a lot of different venues of expression and communication.
Originally Posted by Munchy
ITA.

Catherine took to it right away, as a baby. My son was 5 at the time and learned also. I plan to start with Lilly soon.
Aww, he's so cute, Meghan! I'm not sure if you're familiar with the Baby Signing Time series http://www.signingtime.com/ but it's very well received among my peers. My husband and I are signing to our little one so that she's familiar with ASL. After all, half of my family is Deaf (it's genetic in my family) and my husband learned when he met me, is now fluent, and works with Deaf socially and emotionally disturbed children.
For any child, I think it's awesome to give them a lot of different venues of expression and communication.
Originally Posted by Munchy

Baby Signing Time is what we used with Xander. I think I liked them more than him but he picked up a bit from them.


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel
Oh my goodness, Meghan he is SO adorable. Those eyes!

Thanks for keeping us updated. I am glad that you are all adjusting and that owen is doing well.
thanks everybody!
we're actually having a "signing times" christmas this year. i got a couple disks for my birthday, and i asked for a bunch of the other disks for owen for christmas. anything we don't get, we'll by for him after christmas. they're great, though!
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Awww.. Meghan. He's gotten so big. I'm so glad to hear that you finally got a diagnosis. It makes it much easier to deal with and move on to the next stage. I'm glad to hear that Owen is enjoying his hearing aids and learning so many signs. Chas was the same with his glasses. It made a world of difference.

Keep us updated on his progress.

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