Finding out that my son has mild hearing loss in his right ear was difficult for me. And after some “grieving” I’ve come to terms with it. I no longer quietly wish somewhere in a corner of my heart that things would be different, that he would be “normal”. I’ve accepted that it is what it is. The hearing problem is not going away and that we’ll just manage it.
Having said that, I’m not above feeling pangs in my heart every now and then especially when I see (hear?) other boys his age rattling off stories to their moms. It’s worse when I observe younger boys with amazing speech ability. This “pain” (I think) is only something moms of “different” kids know of and struggle with.
At such moments I tell myself to NOT compare but to focus instead on Hubby-jr’s progress.
And I am so thankful that he IS progressing.
“What are you doing mommy?” he asked me several times this week. It’s the first real question he’s ever asked me. Yeah sure he’s been asking me for stuff like water, food, tv, etc. for the longest time now. But this, this was a real wanting-to-know question. Not a request.
Today he even asked me, “What are you eating mommy?”
Let me tell you these questions are music to my ears.
A year ago, his language ability was so delayed he couldn’t even answer me when I asked him what he did in school. These days he can tell me a thing or two about what he did in school. And now he’s starting to ask me questions. For a speech delayed child this IS progress people!
To top it off, he told me sometime this week, “Mommy I enjoyed talking to friends on the school bus.”
Friends? Talking? Wow! A year ago he wasn’t even socializing well!
Hallelujah! Just keep the music coming. Sweet music to my ears.