|Tripp with my husband this past Sunday.|
I was very nervous before having Tripp and afterwards if I would be a good parent considering my hearing loss. Of course I know of many parents with hearing loss who are amazing parents. Crazy stuff goes through pregnant brains. I wrote a post when Tripp was 1.5 months old about parenting with hearing loss, but things have changed - things change so quickly with babies.
He sleeps through the night most of the time, so I don't worry about keeping my hearing aids in anymore. This is great for me - I sleep better - and for them - they get to dry out overnight so they can function properly in the morning. We just set up the baby monitor before bed and my husband hears if he cries.
By far the most relieving thing has been that I can recognize his cries. I was worried I would never understand what he was trying to communicate. Cries all sound the same and I have such a hard time distinguishing high pitched sounds. It took awhile but I now know, through a combination of his cries and his body language, what he wants.
I have spoken with Tripp's pediatrician and we've gone over things to look for to keep an eye on his hearing. Since my hearing loss did not become evident (and even then it was very subtle, since it was a mild loss at the time) for four years, I want to be vigilant with him. Early recognition and intervention (no matter what that intervention is) can solve a lot of problems before they happen.
I hope to get back to blogging regularly soon but I hope in the meantime everything is going well for you!