Thursday, June 21, 2012

How Harper and the Incredible Hulk are alike

 So - this post is soooooo random.  We have been busy this week and next week will be BA-NANAS because it is Vacation Bible School week (next week).  I'm heading up preschool crafts so I've been trying to get ready and today we went up to church and worked on decorations. The theme is Sky so I'm working on kites, hot air balloons and airplanes.
 Harper and Hollis will have so much fun next week but we will be TIRED. After we worked for a while - we headed to speech therapy.  I have two different sitters that have kept Hollis while we go to speech and this week they were both on vacation. Together. ha! So I took Hollis and we drove around while Harper went alone. And her speech therapist said she did great! Maybe I should let her go alone more often. Her sweet therapist sent me this picture of her.
 Hollis has started wanting to use a spoon and feed herself. She refuses to let me feed her. She fed herself yogurt this morning and was SO proud. She is growing so fast.

This really sweet blog reader, Tami, emailed me today and told her me her husband is a newscaster in San Antonio and he got to interview Lou Ferrigno and she found out something interesting about him. He is partially deaf and has worn hearing aids since he was 5. She thought I would like to hear about him. I had NO idea!  I laughed because we called Harper the "incredible hulk" in the NICU because she was 10 lbs surrounded by a bunch of 2 lb preemies.  I googled Lou and read the following and it brought tears to my eyes - I know a lot of you have kids with hearing loss or with other things you worry might hold them back - this encouraged me so much:
Due to ear infections suffered soon after birth, Ferrigno lost 75 to 80% of his hearing and has been using hearing aids since the age of 5. Ferrigno says his hearing loss helped shape his sense of determination in his youth, saying, "I think that if I wasn't hard of hearing I wouldn't be where I am now. Early on, as a youngster it was difficult, but I’m not ashamed to talk about it because many people have misconceptions about hearing loss; like who has hearing loss and what it’s like not to hear, so I do talk about it. I think my hearing loss helped create a determination within me to be all that I can be, and gave me a certain strength of character too. Anytime I do a movie or a TV show, I make them aware of my hearing loss at the beginning, and that makes it much easier for all of us to communicate and get the job done."

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