Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy Birthday, EARS!

Yesterday was a very special day for us - it was Sophie's first hearing birthday. We celebrated all day long and ended with a PARTY! We are so thankful for everyone in our lives that has accompanied us in this journey and it was so great to celebrate one year of hearing and all of Sophie's successes with those closest to us. At one point last night, as I glanced around my house full of people, dodged the kids whizzing by me, and listened to the adults chattering away, I was overwhelmed by the immeasurable amount of love and support that I felt encompassing us. And I just thought to myself, "Wow... aren't we lucky...?"

"Happy Birthday to my ears!"

"Yummy! For me?!"

Cousins! (this is the best one - quite difficult to capture a good shot!)

Jared and I also put together a video to document Sophie's journey thus far and we cannot wait to share it with her as she grows older. Of course, yesterday she just pointed and whispered, "Baby Soapie? idd-eo?" :) It's quite long, but I think it's worth it:

It is sometimes hard to describe all of the thoughts and emotions I've encountered during this past year, but one thing is for sure - I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to be Sophie's mother. She continues to teach me and help me grow every single day and I'm so grateful to have her in my life - I can't wait for what this next year of hearing will bring!


  1. Now I'm crying... I love her! My favorite is, "Soapie hab it." When I get frustrated I say, "I've had it!" So Lily used to imitate and say, "I hab it." Love it! Happy Hearing Birthday sweet baby girl!

  2. Happy Hearing Birthday Sophia!! The time just goes by so quickly, I can't believe it's been a year. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  3. ok now I need to go get some kleenex. I LOVE watching these videos and seeing how far our kiddos come in one short year. a miracle indeed. Happy hearing birthday sweet girl.

    ps - and those eyes! my goodness, she has the most beautiful blue eyes! watch out daddy! ; )

  4. Hello! Would you consider adding your blog in the Deaf Village aggegrator? ( )

    Vivie Moraiti - DeafVillage moderator.

  5. Happy Hearing Birthday! This video is beautiful...

  6. What a beautiful video! You have no idea how much your blog inspires me - absolutely wonderful. Happy Hearing Birthday Sophie :)

  7. I don't know how I am JUST seeing this, but it's beautiful, and totally worth it, all almost 8 minutes of it. What an amazing miracle! I just love her! Congrats to you guys on all of YOUR hard work!

  8. Happy hearing birthday, Sophie, and wishing you many more and much continued success! Thanks for purchasing a hearing birthday shirt so we can donate money to help more children like you hear!

    --Elizabeth Boschini,, author of "Happy Birthday to My Ears"