Thursday, September 20, 2007

Little Miss Chatterbox


I meant to post this around Halloween, for Eden's two-year hearing age birthday, but I just can't wait. Her language is coming along SO well now! About a year ago, one of her therapists said we should start working toward get her talking on a computer because she would likely never talk in sentences. Now she has started SINGING! Seriously, she loves to sing and knows most of the words to many songs. She also listens very carefully to new songs, and picks up the words really quickly. I don't want to exaggerate, mostly she picks up the last word in each sentence, and sings that, but if you slow it down and give her a chance, she really does know more of the words than you'd think. She sang Happy Birthday to me on my bday and got almost all of the words by herself!

In this video, she is really focused on playing with two Elmos that she is holding, so she isn't paying the best attention to me. I wish I had a video of her watching the video. She thought it was so funny to watch herself, and was saying everything I was asking her to say in the video. Super cute!

I really am so proud of her. It is so amazing to me that she is profoundly deaf. Without her cochlear implant, she really cannot hear ANY speech. And now she says "I love you Mama." Amazing.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go Eden!! Sniff, Sniff.

Joey

Kbreints said...

Oh she is just so cute! your girls seem to surpass all expectations! That is wonderful! Good job Eden!

Laura said...

Awesome! I found it quite impressive that she's NOT paying attention to you. It's clear she is HEARING you and not relying on lip reading or body language to copy what you say. Her voice is so clear and so adorably sweet! Beautiful!

Kathryn said...

Sooooo cute! Go Eden! That is so great. The whole exchange between you and Eden is just so great even with the two Elmos. ;-)

Mel said...

It really is amazing! She is so sweet and beautiful:)

Ani said...

The miracles of medicine! Such a beautiful, driven little girl, such a sweet little voice...

Anonymous said...

Your girls are just AMAZING! Since I found this site I have been checking for updates! That is so cool Eden is talking and very clear! You go girlies! Amazing miracles!

Shari F.

AZ Chapmen said...

nice job Eden

Sarah Furlough said...

Simply amazing to see how much she has progressed with the cochlear implant!

I know it's been said before, but it warrants repeating: she has and will continue to defy expectations!

I can't wait to see how much she will have progressed in 2 more years.

23wktwins'mommy said...

I have to make this quick b/c I have Champ on my lap and whenever the video stops he begins to cry...I think we'll end up watching this a lot tonight. He is fasinated by her in this video and strained to watch it when I was holding him over my shoulder.

She is so amazing...I especially love how she says "I love you."

Drew's Mom said...

Amazing...my son just got his cochlear implants three months ago. Can't wait to see more video of Eden talking! I tear up everytime I watch a deaf child talk!

I'm waiting on my "Mama" moment...

Anonymous said...

Eden, you go girl!

My "normal" daughter at two did not say nearly as much as Eden does with the same hearing age.

I her sweet voice. Her singing must just melt your heart.

Allison said...

She is talking more than the boys! Amazing Billie! She is a gem!

Emily said...

Great job, Eden! :-) It still amazes me when I hear Noah talk. Somedays he will be playing in his room and I'll hear him singing "Twinkle Twinkle" or his ABCs and I tear up. It's still just unreal to me that my little boy who came home from the NIU hearing nothing can now talk and sing.

jdkelly said...

That is awsome!! My 34 weeker did not say as much nor as clearly at that age. Way to go Eden!!

Tertia said...

oh man, that was ADORABLE! she is so cute. she looks so much like you. and you know how gorgeous I think you are ;-)

xx

Hechung said...

Go Eden!!! I LOVE LOVE Eden and Holland videos :).

Anonymous said...

WOW! You and your family are a great inspiration!

Sarah said...

As she makes me smile real big. :^D

Anonymous said...

This just melts my heart!!! Eden's speech is clear and concise! What a beauty she is.
Thanks for sharing!! GO EDEN!!
Dawn

Monique in TX said...

This is a child who will show you over and over that those who told you she would never be able to do something were dead, flat, wrong!

Goooooooooooo, Eden!!!

shoeaddict said...

I came here from Amy's (Savage Stories). I'm gonna look around. What a fabulous video. Sweetest thing I've seen all week!!

Belle said...

That is the most adorable video ever!!! I love her little voice...it's so soft and sweet!

Sherry

Holls said...

Beautiful video! shes so stinken cute and her voice is precious! thanks for sharing your story....

baby james said...

How very sweet, and what an inspiration She is amazing. Great job. Tracy

Lonnie said...

absolutley inspiring...awesome.

Trisha said...

She is absolutely beautiful!

Nathali Pincus said...

Your blog is linked on almost every (micro)preemie blog I have visited and somehow I have never been to your blog before (and I am from Holland, ha ha!)

The video is absolutely adorable. Did she ever wear hearing aids (Michael just got hearing aids, so I am very interested in that)

Take care! Nathali

Lisa said...

She is so beautiful. You can tell that she hears "I love you" a lot by the way her eyes light up when you say it... so sweet.

Ginny said...

Awww....how sweet is that?! It's absolutely amazing how much, and how well, she is talking! She's such an amazing little lady!

Taylor said...

I love it. My son came over here while I was watching the video and sat on my lap. He pointed at Eden and said "She's pweetyyyy mammaaa!" I thought that was so adorable. My daughter recieved her cochlear implants about 3 months ago. I know I am just going to break down and cry the day I hear "I love you mama!" My son is 3 and was born a week past his due date and doesnt even talk as much as Eden does. You got me all excited now for Marley to start talking up a storm. I hope you have a blessed day.