Just to re-cap …
Remember when we took the toddler to the hearing test? And learned a few things, like …
So the toddler saw his family doctor last Friday, and we learned a few more things:
Oh! But wait! Then we saw the ENT a week later, on Monday, and learned a few MORE things:
Here’s what we know:
I was very impressed by the ENT. He was smart and to-the-point, and Darling Husband and I both liked him very much.
While I kind of wished he had just said, “Yes, let’s get some tubes in that kid’s ears!” — because I strongly feel he has a persistent fluid problem — he said we will wait two months to see if it clears up on his own. Which is smart, I suppose, since he’s never even seen him before.
We have a follow-up already booked with the ENT for May 28, when the toddler will have his ears checked to see if the fluid is still there. If it is, he’ll probably get tubes. If it’s gone, the ENT will perform a hearing test right there to see if his hearing loss is gone.
I’m feeling much better about the whole situation, partially from the string of nonstop doctor visits being over (for now), and partially because the toddler’s speech has really been picking up. Here’s an updated list of what he’s been saying …
He’s also been even better with his signs lately, adding new ones like “soup” and “wake up” and “scared” and “rain” and “pancakes.” He’s at a great age to pick things up from his Signing Time DVDs. Whenever they do a sign, he’s automatically trying to copy it.
With all these new words, Darling Husband and I have discovered what it’s like to have a verbal child. It’s … louder, for sure. His endless shrieks of “No!” and “Mo, mo, more!” are very strange to us, since he’s always been so quiet. It’s like, wait, why did we want him to talk?
We joke about the newfound volume problem, but really, we’re as proud as punch whenever he comes out with a word instead of a sign.
Even if the word is “No.”