Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!!!!

Tuesday !! - 30 Weeks!!

Switch on date - 29-May-2012
As of 25 December 2012, Aarav's hearing age is 30 weeks!!!!

1 - DON'T remove my ears please!!

We celebrated Christmas yesterday for the first time, complete with the tree and jingle bells and sweets and Santa!!
Aarav dressed up as Santa and rode on his horse-powered-Bike and shared his candies with his farm animals!!
All in all a lot of fun!!

By the time it was evening, Aarav was pretty tired.
But as Kaustubh did not have a holiday yesterday, Aarav wanted to spend time with him. So he stayed awake later than usual.

Usually by 10:30 - 11:00 pm his CI batteries get depleted and the Neptune starts its orange-beeping.
As it is already sleeping time, I usually do not change the batteries and let them get depleted completely.
Aarav too does not mind that peace and quiet before sleeping time.

If I am not near him, I let the batteries beep and die, but if I am, I switch the Neptune off.
The beeping drives me crazy.
Yesterday around 10:45 Pm the batteries got depleted and started beeping.

I pulled the Neptune out from the pouch in the lanyard and switched it off.

IMMEDIATELY, Aarav got annoyed and pointed at the Neptune, and told me .."HAVA!!! DE"

He still wanted to hear and was not ready for the silence yet!!
We put in new batteries and Aarav kept them on till midnight!! :-D

Happy. Happy. Happy.

1 - On Boys and shopping..
I have been missing his therapies for a few times now.
Hate it. I have been too busy at work and at home and the rest of the times, I have been unwell.
Still. Hate it.

The last time we went, our therapist told me to now introduce two items at a time to Aarav and make him remember the list of items. Both of them.
For eg. "Aarav get me a Cow and an Elephant"
What we expect is that Aarav should pick one in each hand and get them both.
What happens is, either he gets only the elephant or only the cow, or totally gets bored by the concept of overloading his memory and getting anything at all.

How does the boy remember what we had done with-the-correct-sequence a few weeks/months back but cannot get two items on a list properly?
Being lazy or just being a Boy?

It is true.
Boys and shopping never works out.

They just bring the entire shop home.

Anyway. More practice for now.

3 - More Bike rides...

Kaustubh picks Aarav up from his daycare and then he takes him for a long ride on his bike.
After the first long ride, when Kaustubh comes back in the building car park to park his bike and come up home, Aarav asks for one more ride..

A few times, Kaustubh made him say it."Baba Aarav la bhooor gheun ja"
Aarav repeated, "Baba Aavava Bhooo"
And then he got the second bike ride.

Now, whenever he wants to go for a ride, he makes a sweet face, and repeats "Baba Aavava Bhooo"
Randomly as well. He remembers what to say when he wants to go out!!!

He is using his words now properly.

Happy. Happy. Even More Happy.

4 - Verbal Appreciation!!...

To encourage what he does or to show preference of one object over another, We use the words 'Chaan Chaan'.
Which means that 'this is nicer than that object', or 'you look nice now'..
Basically it is to appreciate and enforce good behavior..

Since a few days, Aarav is now using the very same words to tell us that he thinks something is nice.

If he gets a choice between salads and sweet corn , he points to the corn and says 'Aa aa' ..

Yes, yes.... His 'aa' sounds like every other aa aa word that Aarav says till now, but the gesture is included.
And he has a huge smile on his face to make sure you understand that he is showing his appreciation
You cant miss it!!

And now that we have been hearing his babbles for so long, we can make out his babbled words even without gesture.
They sound like the actual word. If a lip reader would see him speak, his facial expressions and lip movements too show most of the true word.
Just till the time the consonants emerge, I guess they would be said 'silently'...

5 - Music Appreciation!!...

If we put some music on TV, or the cell phone, Aarav now starts dancing.
He does the Balle balle dance and tells that he heard the music as well!!

6 - Music appreciation when not wanted ??!!

A few days back Aarav and I were sleeping in the main room on the couch.
The HA was removed but Neptune was still kept on and working.

I muted the Television and silenced my cell phone.
Then told Aarav to please lie down and"Eyes Band"
Aarav closed his eyes and pretended to sleep.

At the same time, some music started playing outside the house from a neighbour's tv..

Aarav opened his eyes, and looked at me, and pointed to his ears and started the balle balle dance again!!!
As if to say, "Dance time with the music on!! I am not sleeping."

These are the times, when I have to actually scold Aarav to stop listening!!!

7 - Word count of the day?

I keep a list of Aarav's word count.

We are not satisfied yet as everything is still in combinations of babble and very less true words…
All the consonants except Ba and now La are missing.
(Count of true words would be 3-4 only, and that is very very very very less)...

There should be more.
However, we are still considering only the ‘speaks repeatedly’ count now!!

Not satisfied, but happy nonetheless...


Monday, 24 December 2012

Twas the Night before Christmas.....

Santa visited our house yesterday. 
Little Santa...
Red nosed Reindeers and sleighs in short supply, he arrived in a one horse open sleigh four horse-powered Red bicycle.

Dasher; Dancer; Prancer; Vixen
And brought his bag of goodies.
Even got his other farm animals along.

He then tried to find our gifts, but the bag was too small and the farm animals were crowding it even more.... 

He found the gifts.. but took his time deciding whether we had been good or bad....
Santa going over his list of good and bad kids...
  And thought a bit more.
And a bit more.

Then finally decided we had been mostly good.

He gave Kaustubh a car and me a few Farm animals. :D
santa gifting through the chimney

Made sure I understand which farm animal he would like to see by dinner time.

Dont forget, he said.

He sat by the Christmas tree.

And ate the cookies we kept.

And some milk. 
And then he got back on his Horse-carriage...

And then he was gone....

aarav shewale santa little santa costume dress up as santa cookies milk christmas gifts
A Merry Christmas to you all !!!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Go Balalas!!


Aarav has now started using specific words to show and tell what he wants.

And he also says "Hava" *
So we have started asking him "What do you want?"

The replies are varied.
For water, he says something like 'Pa' with a sign of thumbs-up pointing to his mouth and then the kitchen.

For hunger, he signs and points to his mouth to say that he is hungry.
Then sometimes its Apple, Tv, Cycle, Ball etc etc etc.
Mostly the signs are accompanied with the babbled names.

But now, Aarav knows that I understand most of his babbles, so he just shoots off commands at me without bothering to sign or look at me.

If I am trying to feed him an extra morsel when he is full, he simply says Baa*
He wont even look at me or do the Baas sign now!

If he wants his favorite toy, he'll call out to it, "Abbi Abbi"* and expects the toy to come running at him.
"Ba baay"* is one that gives us the goose bumps. It means that whether we want to or not, Aarav is ready for a walk outside.
This is when the Teletubbies save us.

(Yes, we are horrible parents and sometimes resort to TV bribing, but a walk outside after 11:30 pm is not good for sanity.
We have been there before. We'd do anything to keep him in the house.)

Sometimes it is just irrelevant babble.
We cant tell what he really wants, so it is mostly trying out combinations of words we think he is saying; and figuring out the gestures if at all he does spare a few.

Now that his syllables are emerging, his new and existing words are being revamped.

So, what do you want??


No. Tell me what do you want to eat Aarav?


Ok. Lets watch tv. you want to see Teletubbies??


Sleepy? Ball? Mobile? Bath?


Umm?? What aaarrre you saying??

So, Aarav made a frustrated face, got up from his squeaky chair, stood facing me and said, " Aai, Up Up".


And made me follow him to the kitchen.


And took me to the fruit basket and then pointed, "Balala"







So LA is the now na.

Ok here you go.
Go Balalas!!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Three this Tuesday - 29 weeks old!!

1 - Rehab Documents with Cochlear!!

I went through the Rehabilitation documents provided on Cochlear.in website.

They have so much information on Rehabilitation and Early intervention!!

Every single document is amazing!! They are really well written.
And what is even more astonishing? They are available for all, whether you are a Cochlear customer or not !!

I went through a lot of the documents and then I came upon the "The Toddler weekly home lessons".
It just made me feel that we are still not doing enough.
So now, apart from the homework our therapist gives us, I feel the need to also go through few of the weekly target documents provided.

Lets see how the two can be merged and used.

2 - Aarav and his babbles!
Aarav is not babbling with more variations. Va , La, Ba, all are in and being used in combinations.
But BA still is a bit more dominant.

3 - Bananas are Balalas..
Aarav calls a banana with his tongue sticking out. It comes as a Balala.
This one was simply difficult to understand. Aarav had to explain it to us.


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Two this Tuesday - 27 Weeks !!

1 - LA LA is here!!

All of us were worried as to why Aarav was stuck on "BA" syllable.
This Saturday we went for therapy, and for some magical reason Aarav suddenly started saying "La"
Yes!! Whev!!
Finally a new one!!

It is now Flower = La la. It sounds like Lowe.

Aarav is now repeating the rest of the words as well.
I don't need to hint him now to say his favorite words.

He says Rickshaw - "EE-aaa" every time we see an rickshaw. Its like a reflex action.
He also repeats these - Bus (baah), Dog (it still sounds like boo), Cat (aa its a Cat with C and T silent. Like an accent :D )

His word vocabulary has gone up pretty well.
Its like he is a sponge now. Everything I tell him, he now soaks it in.
Although he is a bit lazy, when it comes to speaking them out.

I have to squeeze it out of him. (and I don't mean metaphorically. I really do have to squeeze him till the words pop out!!)

2 - Advanced Bionics are the best !!

A few weeks back Aarav managed to damage the Aquamic's chord. We spoke to our Audiologist who took the matter to the AB guys.
As soon as they were informed, they sent a new chord to check the Aquamic and replaced the damaged one IMMEDIATELY!!

They also replaced Aarav's Neptune color case as well!!
So we are now back with all good working pieces!


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