September 12, 2011

And, we're back (again)!

Unintentionally, I took the summer off from this blog. Here's a recap:
  • Hadley finished third grade, which was an overwhelmingly positive year. Caring and compassionate teachers make all the difference, and she had that in abundance. Despite crazy childhood illnesses keeping her from school a whopping 17 days (!!), I'd say it was her best school year yet.
  • Summer 2011 was devoted to amusement parks (Hershey Park and Dutch Wonderland in Pennsylvania and our more local favorites, Story Land and Santa's Village in New Hampshire). Hadley tested the water resiliency of the Naida in some of the tamer water rides like log flume roller coasters (no problem), but stuck to her water aids for water park rides like wave pools. She also opted to remove her hearing aids on fast rollercoasters at Hershey Park on the off chance they'd fall out. Next time, we may bring our old, trusty SafeNSound straps to better secure them.
  • When we weren't away, we were either at the beach, in a pool, or playing in water, somewhere. Hadley's water aids got a workout this summer! Each aid is at least eight years old now, and I'm not sure how much more we can eke out of them. We live in a beach community, so having great access to sound in wet conditions is vital for Hadley. We'll have to make some decisions in the coming year.
  • Thanks to this blog and referrals from AVT professionals, I had a chance to talk and email with other AVT parents from all over the world. It's fun to connect with other families, especially those with young children still in regular therapy sessions.
  • While I wasn't writing here, you can read what I was up to.
We're now back to school, adjusting to new schedules, new teachers, new activities and new expectations. Things are good!