Elisabeth finally was able to sport her very first updo! She had it up for about half the day and then grew tired of her little pigtails while we were at the Children’s Museum. I spared my kiddo this time, so there were no crazy haired photos taken…
Of course her favorite thing do do is play in the water! Then there is me, the helicopter mom. I have to hover from side to side to be certain a cochlear implant device doesn’t go for a dip. I do this all while trying to snap a few photos. I couldn’t take it anymore so I had to take them off while she was playing at the water table.
Perhaps you’ve noticed the new addition to the sidebar…Elisabeth is raising money for her new school, Northern Voices. Chris and I enrolled her in January after she turned 18 months old.
We had previously been using the school district for all of Elisabeth’s services for speech and sign language. We were also taking her to the U of M once per week for speech therapy. Chris, Elisabeth and I just loved all of her teachers and providers. They worked so hard for her and helped teach Chris and I the right things to do at home. However, after she received her second cochlear implant we felt like she needed more help with speech. Our district suggested checking to see if Northern Voices would be a good fit. We took a tour, heard the kids talking and were just amazed.
Northern Voices School teaches children who are deaf or hard of hearing that have hearing devices how to listen and speak. Elisabeth has already made so much progress and it is exciting to hear her vocalizing. She is making so many new sounds and even saying a couple of words! It’s remarkable. The best part is she loves to go to school. Every morning she’s ready with her coat on waiting at the door to get to school.
Back to the fundraiser, our family is walking a 5K in May to support Elisabeth’s school. If you’d like to make a contribution you can do so through Elisabeth’s fundraising page, donations are accepted online from just one dollar on up or you can walk with us. There is also a link on that page if you want to read more about Elisabeth’s school.
Meanwhile, we’ll be training for our walk. It’s been awfully nice here so we were out almost every day last week. Maybe Elisabeth will be able to walk the whole 5K. I’ll bring the stroller just in case, because I know I can’t carry her that far!