It seems this round is not as bad for the little girl. She is feeling really great during the day, full of smiles, alert and happy. We had a great time at Tevis and Tabitha's first birthday party, where Scarlett was wide awake and watched all the other "big kids" play on the floor. We got to stay for the whole party, and got my classroom packed up the next day. Today she loved going to the grocery store and seeing all the people. She is still feeling a little queasy at times, but all in all, this has been easier than in the past.
Last night, she made a big move - into her own room. We have had her room and crib ready, but she had only spent a few short naps there. Last night, we thought we would just try it out, and it was not nearly as scary as I thought! :-) We have had her in our room in a Pack n' Play since she has consistently been sick at night, and we never wanted her to choke. This meant jumping out of bed multiple times per night when she would begin to cough or gag. It was exhausting. However, after three nights of no vomit, I thought we could try having her in the next room (with a video monitor focused right on her face!) Of course, things did not go as planned and she threw up in the night, but I heard her and was there just as quickly. She likes the light-up aquarium toy in her crib and slept just fine. We'll keep the play pen set up in our room just in case, but we might just be moving toward more rest for all of us!
Tomorrow we have to go in EARLY for her next hearing evaluation, which requires anesthesia and a few hours of tests, so it will be a very long day. This test will give us a better picture of her hearing loss now that the infection and antibiotics have cleared. We anticipate a slight increase, but not much. The results of this test will be used to guide us in choosing hearing aids in a few weeks as well. We have been making contact with the hearing intervention programs and the Early Start program, but everything takes weeks to respond and initiate. In the meantime, I am ramping up her exposure to sign language at home with Signing Time, as well as me modeling as much as I can. I'm putting my teaching experience to work!