Where have we been?

Its been almost a year since we last published a post on 2 Bottles of Milk, so where have we been? 

Last Christmas I was so ill that I spent most of Christmas Day in bed asleep and it got me thinking about how hectic our lives were and how we needed to relax and let something rest for a while and that was unfortunately the blog! With everything that Leo had gone through and a new baby, as well as life in general it was the easiest thing to let go and allow more time for all the other stuff that was going on at that point. 

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My Sunday Photo 17:33. Best Moments of 2017 #3

Over the last couple of weeks I have been using #mysundayphoto to revisit some of the highlights of the last year. After a stressful year it’s has been nice to look at the good times we’ve had.

This week we are off to the woods.

Way back in January the boys and I took a trip to a local woods that I have frequented since I was a toddler. It is a lovely woods that has changed a lot over the years but is still a firm favourite of mine and now my family.

The above picture was taken of the boys whilst they were sitting on a carved seat. The woods are a managed woods and trees are periodically cut down and every now and then you come across a stub where it has been deliberately left and carved into a seat. Oliver in particular loved coming across these and climbing on them and pretending he was king of the castle.

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Our Cochlear Journey

Over the last few months we have written regularly about Leo’s Hearing Loss and his Assessment Process for Cochlear Implants at London’s St Thomas Hospital.

To say that this journey has been emotional is an understatement and it has also been stressful for Leo. It is a journey that has taken longer then we expected, however since we last wrote we have had some huge developments and his journey has moved forward significantly which has been a good yet stressful and emotional time.

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Elf on the Shelf: Day 7: Toilet Paper Frenzy!

We got up this morning to discover that Elfie had decorated our bathroom in an Elf theme.

We’ve had an elf toilet seat cover put on our toilet and also an elf soap dispenser.

Elfie also brought some of Santa’s own personal toilet paper! Oh dear we are wondering if Santa has noticed or if he is too busy getting ready for his flight on Christmas Eve!

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Disney Fun!

Over the next last few Sundays of 2017 I am going to be using the #mysundayphoto posts to have a look back over our last year as a family.

We’ve had quite a stressful year and it is nice to be able to look back on the fun times we’ve had and the exciting events that have taken place in that time, such as the birth of our third son, George.

Starting us off is a trip to Disneyland

Back in the Summer we were lucky enough to get to go to Disneyland Paris for a few days with the rest of our family. In fact I posted a #mysundayphoto of our time there.

The above photo was taken in the Inventions Restaurant that is located within the Disneyland Hotel. We booked a character meal for the boys as we weren’t too sure how they would react seeing them within the crowded environment of the park, we needn’t have worried on that front.

The meal was a fantastic idea and time though as the boys really got to interact with five different characters from the Disney family. As you can see in the above photo of Oliver Mickey Mouse was one of those characters, along with Pluto, Donald Duck, Tigger and Eyore.

We would thoroughly recommend a character meal if you can stretch your budget, because although on the expensive side it was fully worth the money we paid.

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Our Cochlear Journey Update 5

The day before we jetted off to Athens to visit family we had another appointment at St Thomas’s as part of Leo’s Cochlear Implant assessment.

Following on from the last appointment where we had been asked to practice a new testing technique with Leo and develop that.

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During the appointment the audiologist tried a the testing technique with Leo that we had been practicing and to start with he was doing exactly what he was meant to do, which was place a figure in a boat every time he heard a noise. However due to his age after a while he lost interest and just wanted to play what he wanted to play.

Around this time however the audiologist needed to go and get some extra equipment and left us in the room with Leos hospital speech therapist who watched Leo as he played and also spoke with myself and Keighley on how we thought his speech was developing, after a while she stated that although Leo knew exactly what was happening however apart from the occasional word we as adults weren’t really aware of what was happening to the toys and what their adventure was.

Following all the hearing tests we spoke with both the Audiologist and Speech Therapist and they said that they had a joint meeting coming up where they were going to discuss Leo and decide on the next steps to be taken however they both stated that there had been very little speech development since the last meeting back in April and they were hinting that they would be pushing for Leo to proceed with Cochlear Implant Implantation.

 

UPDATE:

Since the visit the team at the hospital have had their meeting and via a phone call have confirmed that Leo has been offered Cochlear Implants and will under go surgery before Christmas of this year, most likely early to mid November.