Isla’s first birthday was last Wednesday, June 8, but we celebrated with a family lunch-thing this past Saturday. All in all it was perfect day. We got to celebrate with our loved ones and Isla got to be the center of attention for once. She loves her (thankfully) loud gifts and despite the obscene amount of frosting in her system she slept like a miniature human that night.
I even found time to enjoy a bit of cake myself.
We needed this time with family to temporarily take our minds off Isla’s upcoming cochlear implant surgery. Patty & I both know that if the implant is successful, Isla will hear much better out of her right ear, which is currently just there for cosmetic reasons, apparently.
But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous as hell. Being a parent gives you a whole new set of things to worry about, and having your child undergo any kind of medical procedure makes it even harder. We understand that cochlear implants can be a controversial topic in deaf culture, but we have a responsibility to give Isla every advantage we can. She’ll eventually be able to choose her own path in her life, but for now, we have to make these decisions for her. With any luck, she’ll be able to hear me loud and clear while she chooses to ignore me.
Your mom and dad love you more than anything, Isla. And we’re doing the best we can.
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