Yesterday was the 5 month anniversary of our daughter Bliss’ cochlear implant activation, and time has flown….In honor of the fabulous 5 months with Bliss’ “ears on,” our blog has begun! Each day it seems that cool and awesome discoveries are happening with both her listening skills and speech development, so we’ve decided to blog, save and share these milestones with our family and friends. We’re proud of our baby girl, and here goes with a little background about Bliss, our family and her story.
My husband and I have been married for 12 years, our parents and families have been good friends for more than 30 years, and we began our journey to adopt in 2008. Bliss came into our custody Saturday, November 20, 2010. It was a glorious whirlwind. We lived out of a hotel for almost one week and came home in time for Thanksgiving that year. She was and is the light of our lives. Her official adoption was finalized April 8, 2011. On that day, we celebrated, oh yes we did!
At three months old Bliss was diagnosed with bilateral severe and profound hearing loss, and at four months, we began making the journey to Chapel Hill to pursue and meet with several highly recommended doctors and audiologists; North Carolina has been good to us. The services provided by the state have given us weekly visits from a licensed speech/hearing therapist and instructor, and monthly visits from a social worker, who I like to call our angel of all things, for instance, right now, we are working on teaching Mama (me) how to properly coiff Bliss’ hair in addition to day-to-day discipline. It’s Fab!
Bliss’ team of audiologists and doctors are in Chapel Hill at the University’s Medical Center, and we couldn’t be happier with the incredible care Bliss has received from UNC-CH. My husband is a State grad and a Wolfpack fan through and through, however, our house is now divided. Bliss and Mama are diehard Tarheel fans, since we were given Bliss’ “ears” in CH.
December 6, 2011, Dr. Craig Buchman performed cochlear implant surgery on Bliss. January 4, 2012, her implant was activated at CASTLE in Durham, NC and her hearing began.
Our road to finding Bliss and her adventure in Sound were both made possible by our incredible support network of family and friends. It takes a village, and our village has lifted and carried us through rain, sleet, snow and sunshine. For that, we are forever grateful.
We hope you enjoy reading about our day to day discoveries of Bliss’ adventures in sound. We sure do. What we know now, that we didn’t know before, is that yes, Sound is Bliss~