End of year is one of my favorite things in life (not so crazy about the snow though). The Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve.. I love these holidays. Though Halloween is not a holiday, but I love it now that we have children 🙂 Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day. It’s not a holiday that we celebrate where I grew up. I love the idea of giving Thanks however (besides the turkey).
I am so thankful for God and the people who He surrounds me with. I don’t know what my life would be like without them. One particular thing that reminded me to be forever grateful was when Iven was born. Let’s fast backwards to October 14, 2013. The day Iven was born. He was born just perfect and I couldn’t be grateful enough for that. See, all you want is a healthy baby. Few hours later a nurse told me that Iven failed his hearing test on the left ear. The nurse said it’s common as probably the ears were still filled with fluid or waxes and she would re-test again before discharged. Second time around, he failed the test again on the same ear. At this point, I started to feel a little anxious and worried. But, we were discharged and appointment was made for 10 days later to retest the ear with the audiologist. That 10 days were the longest days of my life probably. The day was here and I couldn’t wait to be at the clinic and got things sorted out. After several times of testing…my guts instinct told me the audiologist didn’t seem to have a good news to share with us and I was right. She told us Iven failed the test on the left ear again for the third time. At this point, I wasn’t even sure how to respond. I wanted to cry and the guilt feeling started to fill me up all the way to the top. Was it something that I ate when I was pregnant ? Was it genetic (though no one in our family tree had hearing issue during childhood) ? Was I exposed to any toxins or chemicals that I didn’t aware of ? the questions keep bombarding my mind that I hardly listened to half of what the audiologist had to say. We were scheduled for another appointment with another audiologist. This time it was going to be a long test that required the baby to be fast asleep during the test. Great !!! It was scheduled in the next two weeks. GREAT !! two more weeks of emotional torture!!! I told my husband…. “At least he has one good working ear. He can always wear hearing aid if necessary and we can teach him sign language too” I said all that but I was all torn inside and not sure what to feel. When I was nursing him, I whispered in his left ear and he looked at me. I was a bit surprised for that reaction. Then when my ever-so-loud 3 year old then slammed the door, he reacted to that (he was lying on his right side while nursing). My mommy’s instinct told me that very possible that he could hear some in that left ear and not completely deaf.
Two weeks later, here we were again at the audiologist office. The audiologist told us that before she put Iven into a long series of test, she’s going to do general testing on both ears one last time. I was holding him and nursing him during the test as requested by the audiologist. Few minutes later, the audiologist looked at us and said “He passed on both ears”. I thought I was the one with hearing problems and going to say “can you say that again?” But I knew what I heard and I was a bit dumbfounded at that point. My husband the one who responded and say “oh…great..that’s a good news”. After coming out from a HALO, I finally able to say few words “Do we need to do the other test?” The audiologist said it’s not necessary. She was very sure that both ears were perfectly fine and never had to do other test anymore.
We both drove home with ear-to-ear grins on our face and I can tell you that day was one of the greatest days of my life. Thank you God…thank you!!! Here is our healthy beautiful and WALKING (yay!)little man 🙂
My mom was my mom when we were little. She made sure we were well taken care of (physically and emotionally). She’s tough on us when she needed to. I remember how much I “hated” her for being so strict on us (Yeah….I was a teenager once too). But she’s now my best friend. A friend who I can share everything with. I love her dearly and I really can’t ask for a better mom really. She has shown me what a hero is like. I’m forever her baby and she is my hero. Thank you mommy. My siblings…my brother and sister. It’s so nice to have siblings. They are thousands of miles away from me, but I’m thankful for technology that we got chat to each other almost everyday 🙂
My husband…my pillar of support. He is my other half. My soul mate. I seriously don’t know how my life would be like without him. All I know, he is a great husband, a great father, a great friend to me. I can’t tell you how much craps (from my hormonal roller-coaster) I’ve thrown at him for the almost 5 years we’ve been married. But this guy….. his patience, kindness, and love are always there to support me no matter what. Thank you dear…….thank you so much.
My little girl….not so little anymore. Thank God for sending this beautiful sweet angle into our lives.
I asked her what she was thankful for and here they are:
She loves her bed 😉 and I’m glad her brother is in the list! LOL! She’s proud to write her own name on there too 😉
My dear friends and relatives, all the fans and supporters of this blog….far and near. Some I get to see often, some I don’t. Regardless…..I’m so thankful for each one of you who has touched my life in so many ways.
Now….go and get busy with that Turkey or whatever else you are preparing for the feast 😉 Or even if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving Day…we all still have our lives worth celebrating every day. Thank you everyone…for just being you.