Articles I Have Written
- The Best Books for Kids with Hearing Loss
- Sleep Studies for Kids
- Adjusting to Hearing Aids
- Free Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- First Steps When Baby Can't Hear
- When Baby "Refers" on the Newborn Hearing Test
- Water Sports with Hearing Aids
- What is the Newborn Hearing Screen?
- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
- Choosing Eyeglasses for Kids
- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Saturday, July 10, 2010
This may be incoherent, since it is now 11:30pm Eastern time and I have been awake since 4:00am. We have made it to California, checked into the Annenberg apartments at USC, and are currently in Oxnard with family.
The flights were uneventful (the coloring sheets, DVD player, Yogos dispenser, and foil stars were the best toys on this flight). Nolan's car seat didn't let him use the tray table because it sat too high, and it pushed him forward so that he could use "kicking the seat of the passengers in front of us" as his main form of entertainment. We gate checked the car seat in Vegas, hoping to abate some of the kicking behavior. Nolan was not thwarted, however, and proceeded to slide under the seat belt up to his armpits to kick the seat in front of him. Luckily the lady in front of us was hung over and just thought the flight had a lot of turbulence- there are some small mercies in life.
Matt went with the grandparents to Oxnard as planned, and Dennis and I drove with Nolan to the apartments. They're only about 20 minutes from LAX, so it wasn't a very long drive. Nolan crashed in the car, and we carried a sleepy Nolan up to the front doors of the lobby. There is a call box, and Nolan drooled on our shoulders as we scrolled through the options to get the John Tracy Clinic and pressed "Call." The housing assistant was extremely nice, and set us up with a laundry card, access cards, and parking permit. Apparently, the access cards aren't working consistently right now, but this shouldn't be a problem since the housing assistant(s) are available to let people into the building as needed. Dennis did accidentally tear the parking permit, so we had to do some "emergency surgery" with tape to fix it!
The apartment looks great- there are two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen with a full sized oven/stove and refrigerator. There were also two adorable knitted teddy bears- one for Matt, and one for Nolan (complete with a knitted hearing aid)! Honestly, John Tracy is amazing, and we haven't even started the program yet!
I really need to get some sleep, so I'm off to catch some sleep before tomorrow's orientation. I will attempt to update as I am able!