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Monday, May 28, 2018

Kindergarten did not disappoint!

We have finished our first year of school! Brody loved every single minute of it! He had the best kindergarten teacher we could have asked for. She pushed him and knew when to help him. She mastered his Mini-Mic (a microphone that goes straight into his ears to bypass background noise in the classroom) and helped him advocate for himself as needed. He was able to remember to pass the mic off to his special area teachers and even remembered to ask the assembly presenter to wear the mic so he would be able to hear! I didn't post for an entire here is a look back!

We started the school year with reading a story about a little boy with processors like Brody. He used his "super ears" to make him a super hear-o!

We saw the solar eclipse when it passed through!

We played soccer!

We did some vestibular testing at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. It didn't really tell us anything thing we didn't already know. It did, however, give us some statistical data to have written down that shows Brody's lack of balance.

His love for reading grew even more!

We picked some pumpkins at the pumpkin patch with Ella Jo.

Brody found a love for Star Wars this year! He was Luke Skywalker and Ella Jo participated as Princess Leia.

Kentucky hosted their first Walk4Hearing in November. In past years, we had gone to Dayton and participated in that walk. Papa Tom, Aunt Jodi, Uncle Josh, and Lily came down to support the Brody Monsters!

Brody changed his career choice a few times this year. For career day, he wore his astronaut uniform.

Brody's class enjoyed a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!

He wanted to be "fancy" for Thanksgiving at Papa and Grandma's house.

Our Kindergarten school picture...we missed our chance for a hair cut beforehand!

In December, I took Brody to see Dr. Mike (his audiologist) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He absolutely blew me away! He was able to push a button when he heard the sound versus just looking at a video screen in the past. He was able to say when things were too loud or too soft and he got a 100% of the words Dr. Mike said when not in noise. Even in noise, he got 80% of the answers correct!

Basketball is probably not going to be in Brody's future again! He was not the biggest fan or the most coordinated athlete.

Some of Brody's best friends from school on Frosty the Snowman day!

Merry Christmas!

Again his Kindergarten teacher rocked!

Brody was student of the week!

We enjoyed a cold winter in Kentucky!

Brody did a presentation on being a mechanic (a new career choice). He went to Mr. Don's garage. Mr. Don showed Brody how to change a tire, look at a heat sensor, and let him look into a car engine!

Brody was 100 for the 100th day of school!

He started sleeping with an eye mask! 😂

We went to Deaf Awareness Day at the Newport Aquarium!

Brody got to participate in the story of Secretariat when the Kentucky Derby Museum came to his school. He played the owner.

Brody loved the Easter Bunny...Ella did not.

We celebrated Easter in St. Louis with my Aunt Bobbie!

Reds vs. Cardinals game! Brody cried because he had picked to cheer for the Reds and they lost...I told him he picked the wrong team! GO CARDINALS!

We went with Grandma and Papa to the Alabama spring football game.

We went to the Balloon Glimmer during Derby week!

Brody's school did a glow run! Jordan didn't realize it was actually running a mile...we probably shouldn't have eaten dinner beforehand!

Brody completed his requirements for Lion scouts and has moved on to Tiger scouts. He loved cub scouts this year and can't wait until next year!

Brody's class put on a musical "E-I-E-I-Oops!" He was a cow in the play.

Brody is playing baseball again this year! This is probably his best sport. This year they can hit off the tee or let the coach pitch to them. He is doing better with the coach pitching.

Brody had an awards ceremony at school the last day. He received 8 awards. He got a kindergarten certificate and a good attendance award. He also got an art award for excellence in art. Brody got two star performer awards for greatest improvement on Math MAP and Reading MAP (MAP is their standardized testing-Brody scored in the high 90 percentiles in all areas). He received 2 Principal Awards for being in the 90th percentile in math and reading. His most favorite award and the award he was most excited about was that he exhibited "Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood." This award meant that he listened first then acted. That's right, our child who is deaf won an award for listening!

We could not be prouder of Brody and his accomplishments this year. We had his IEP meeting two weeks ago. They used the words "superior intelligence" to describe him! Love this boy! Now bring on summer!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Life Update

So two kids are a lot busier than one! This poor blog has been neglected! Sorry!

Brody is finishing up his second year of preschool. We recently has his IEP meeting. The ARC committee (representative from the district, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, speech therapist, his teacher, and Jordan and I) met at the end of March. Brody was at 100% on all of his speech goals. I knew this coming into the meeting. I had heard from a little birdie that they were wanting to take speech away as well. I tried my hardest to pull out any hidden goal that he might need help with. Ultimately, I found that he is age appropriate (even higher than his peers in some areas). So, I was okay with them removing speech. We are going to give him the summer "off" of therapy, then start back with private speech therapy in the fall. This is an awesome thing, but also a scary move! While we know he can do it, he is still deaf and doesn't always pick up on sounds as quick. He is great at self correcting lately though! I know he will be fine, but the Mama Bear in me still has a hard time with letting a therapy go that we've had for 4 years! He is going to keep his teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing for now. He is still working on socialization skills. We have seen such a huge improvement since Christmas break! He will go up to other kids on the playgrounds now and talk to them. He even joins in with the games they are already playing! It makes my heart happy!

Brody, Ella Jo, and I went to his spring dance. It was so much fun! It was great to see him with his friends!

We had an awesome spring break this year. As a family, we took the first weekend and went to Indianapolis. It's a great kid friendly city! We will definitely be going back again. 

We went to the Children's Museum on Saturday. If you go, make sure you check the was a member's special day, so it was PACKED! There are three floors with all different types of exhibits. Brody loved the space exhibit. You get to walk through a mock space station.  

Working on the space station
Trying to hit the right button with the astronaut gloves on

 They had a circus area (I'm pretty sure this is a traveling set.). Brody loved it, but when they had actual performers to pop out of the cannon, he decided it would be too loud and refused to take off the processors (where he wouldn't be able to hear it), so we left and missed that part.

 There were other smaller exhibits. One had scuba gear to try on. They also had an Indy car to sit in!

His (and Ella Jo's) favorite part was in the 6 and under area. He went around with Jordan while I had Ella in their super cool nursing room and the toddler area. Brody loved climbing up to the boat (something he would have been scared of even 6 months ago)!


They also had a lot of high school groups presenting their robots on each floor. The kids got to try them too! In the video, you can see that I'm talking into something. That is his MiniMic. It is a digital feed that goes straight to his processors. It helps him hear better in noisy situations. He loves it!

Saturday night, we went to Pizza King. It is just your everyday pizza place, but they have a train that brings the drinks to your table. Brody thought it was the coolest concept ever. He asks pretty much daily to go back!

Sunday, we went to the Indianapolis Zoo. It is a smaller zoo, but it is almost all pretty much updated. And...they have a really cool dolphin show.

Waiting for the dolphin shoe to start...Ella Jo passes out shortly after this and slept through the entire show!

They had a really cool (and big) snake exhibit!

The rest of the week, we spent the three of us around Kentucky (Jordan had to go back to work :( ). Brody went to the dentist for the first time! He did awesome!!

We went to the Louisville zoo and met up with my friends from work and their children.

We went to our favorite park (Beckley Creek Park in Louisville). Brody was amazing me with how he was making friends! We went on a little hike with one little boy too.


We went to Lexington to the Explorium. I'm sure at one time it was great (the website made it sound amazing), but it needs a lot of love and work! Brody still enjoyed it. Ella did until she hit that nap wall!

painting with balloons

Hope everyone had a great Easter! We sure did!