Thursday, January 19, 2012

One for my husband

When we discovered that Sophie is deaf, we were crushed. It was a very rough time for us, but we made it through and I like to think that we have prevailed. Those early days were very hard on my husband, maybe even harder than on me. He could not talk about it, as if saying the words out loud would make it real. With tears in his eyes, I remember him saying to me over and over again that he just wanted to hear her sweet little voice one day say, "I love you , Daddy." My heart ached for him, as this is something most dads just expect to naturally happen as time goes on. And there he was, scared that this simple wish may never come true.

Even as we researched CIs, made it through surgery, activation, and Sophie began to speak her first words, Jared continued to dream about that day he would hear those words. Our days were spent focusing on language opportunities, tracking receptive and expressive vocabulary, and just generally doing everything in our power to help Sophie progress. Even during the exciting times where Sophie was saying several new words each day, I knew exactly what Jared was patiently waiting for Sophie to say. Unlike phrases such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Birthday", what he was waiting to hear was never rehearsed or practiced, as he wanted her to say it naturally, on her own terms.

And now that time has come (or probably came a month or so ago, as I have been behind on my blogging!). It is the first thing we hear in the morning and the last thing we hear at night. Sophie regularly tears through the house, stopping to grab one of our legs and give it a quick kiss while saying, "Hi, Mommy/Daddy! I WUV you, Mommy/Daddy!" And I'm not sure which brings me more joy - hearing those words said to me or seeing Jared's face light up as she says it to him. Either way, I believe those four words will always be the sweetest thing that we ever hear our deaf daughter speak. :)


  1. This is just precious! You are right to say you are the lucky parents of a very special, beautiful person! God knew you were the right ones for this darling little girl.

  2. Sooo sweet! I love her little voice. :)

  3. Awwww.... she is adorable! Thanks for sharing! You got a few tears out of me on this one :)

  4. Hi Sophia Grace

    My name is Jenna and i came across your site. U are an amazing, precious gift, and a special earthly angel. U are an amazing, courageous, determined, positive and strong fighter. U are an inspiration, brave warrior, and a smilen champ. U are a princess hero, a beautiful trooper and a tough cookie. U are full of life, spunk, joy, smiles, happiness, laugh, love, and hugs. U will be in my in my thoughts and prayers. I am sending hugs and smiles ur way. I love it when people sign my guestbook.

  5. There is no sweeter sound on earth! I love it! Once again, I am reliving Allison's journey through your sweet Sophia, I can't help smiling when I think back to those precious days.