Friday, August 6, 2010
My dearest Alexandra,
I cannot believe you are 5 years old today. These 5 years have been the best time of my life.
From the moment I laid eyes on you, you were my little angel.
You were in the level 2 nursery because you came about 3 weeks early. It was there that we discovered you had a hearing loss, thanks to the newborn hearing screening.
After many appointments with audiologists, you were fitted with hearing aids by 5 months old. We found your school - Northern Voices on a whim and you've been there ever since. Sure, it would be more convenient to just shuttle you off to daycare every day - but we think you deserve the best and they sure fit the bill.
In February of 2009, you had surgery for your cochlear implant. What a miracle those things are! Your language and listening skills have exploded. You have been talking our ears off for about 4 years now. Not too shabby for a deaf kid. I suppose your hearing aid and cochlear implant help too.
I hope you always reach for the stars. Maybe one day you will become an ear doctor like you say you want to be. I have no doubts that you will do exactly what you want to do, on your own terms. Always advocate for yourself, kiddo.
You are such a beautiful, smart, spunky, spectacular kid.
I love you to the moon and back. Always and forever.
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