Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and has a Happy New Year!  Fiona is sick today and so we will be celebrating at home.  There will be lots of resting, Play-Doh and Baby Bumblebee singing (which are two of Fiona’s favorite things).

It has been quite a year.  The scariest year since Fiona had 2 cochlear implant surgeries.  But also the most exciting year since we’ve experienced Fiona hearing for the first time and learning how to listen and talk.  This is probably one of Fiona’s most important years in her life even though she won’t have any memory of it.

Fiona has been hearing for 9 months.  I wanted to share a few videos showing some of her progress.  Its been extremely hard capturing these on video since Fiona doesn’t like being recorded.  Also she seems to be great at running away once I hit record.  You don’t have to watch all of these!  It may get boring. 🙂

Saying “ho ho ho” for Santa:

Fiona’s newest word – Milk:

She likes to say “no no no” while moving her finger in the air.  You can’t see the finger waving in this video but its really cute.  Notice how she feeds Kona and then tells him no for eating the food.  Ha!   I’ve been trying to teach Fiona not to feed Kona from the table.  So I think she halfway gets it?  She’s able to verbalize “m” but not “n” yet.

Fiona says “all gone” and “out”:

We play a bumblebee game a lot where the bumblebee stings us.  This game is also played a lot with snakes made out of play-doh:

So to be extremely thorough in my blog post here are 18 “learn to listen” sounds that Fiona comprehends and can vocalize the sound they make.  Example (She knows the plane goes ahhhhh and can vocalize ahhhhh).  Dog, horse, duck, cat, car, bus, snake, truck, santa, clown, bee, train, cow, monkey, baby, boat, plane, and sheep.

Here are words that Fiona uses daily.  So far she had said 16 words.  uh oh, up, on, off, out, open, mama, eye, high five, all gone/all done, hat, ow, squeeze, cheese, keys, and milk.

Of course these words that come out of her mouth aren’t the correct pronunciation.  But she’s using the skills she has now and that will get clearer over time.  For any baby (typical hearing or not) the words aren’t always 100% clear at first.  I think that myself and Fiona’s therapist Lauren are the only two that really understand all of her words right now.  haha!  And well her dad and grandma Penny get a lot of it.  🙂

Thanks for reading this very long blog (if you are still reading at this point)!!!

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14 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Muriel Lindsay

    Happy New Year to all of you. Fiona has the most expressive eyebrows, by the way. I love watching her face. Congratulations on all the very big steps taken this year. More on the way.

    1. Eliza Isham

      Happy New Year Muriel!!! I bet you are enjoying your very important guests this week! I’m sure you all are having a blast! Her expressions crack me up. She uses those eyebrows when encountering every person while we are out and about. She gives the stink face. :).

  2. Julie

    Happy New Year. Fiona is doing great. She has come so far and you all have lots to look forward to in the new year. Miss you guys.

  3. Aunt Florence and Uncle Leo

    Great job on the videos. Really enjoy them. Happy New Year Fiona and Mommy and Daddy.

  4. donor don

    Hey Eliza, I DID read the whole post, and at your advice, DID NOT watch any of the video….yet! I hope you, Fiona, and Mark have a good New Year!

    1. Eliza Isham Post author

      Haha! Maybe one video per day Don. Most of them are if Fiona eating it seems like. We do a lot of eating around here between meals and snacks. 🙂

  5. RoRo

    She is such a sweet soul and so expressive! You have done such an amazing job Wiza! Can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for Fiona! Love love love 🙂

    1. Eliza Isham Post author

      Thanks Aunt April!! So glad Jacket loved them. Kona was in a few of them I think. I had Fiona watch these on YouTube on the living room tv. She was like – “what the what??? I’m on TV???” Love you!

  6. Amanda Lancaster

    Happy New Year Ishams! What a year it’s been for you guys. Wishing you all the best in 2015. Love you all!

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