Rachel is 7!
(This is the mandatory "brag about my child" post)
I am so amazed when I think about the last seven years, and how far she has come. Rachel has had her implant for 4 years, and is taking and signing quite well. She loves school, has adjusted really well to being the only deaf kid in her new school, and is reading at (and sometimes above) grade level. This is huge, considering English is in some ways her second language, and most deaf people really struggle with reading. She is also writing well--with good English grammar. She has deaf and hearing friends, and insists on being included socially wherever she goes. She participates in Primary, and loves to sing Primary songs. Rachel has a strong stubborn streak, which can be frustrating at times, but also fuels her progress. Perhaps most important, Rachel is happy.
(Flaunting her birthday-cowgirl get-up)
Rachel's birthday is April 1st--April Fools day :) My brother in law, who shares this birthday, has warned me NOT to mess with her birthday, so we don't...too much. Lately, we've tried to find some silly ways to celebrate her birthday to go along with April Fools' day (without doing shaving cream or cardboard cakes). This year, we served lunch at the Crazy Cafe.
I used a free online printable, but changed it some to fit our needs. Christian came home for lunch to celebrate with us. The menu has items letter A-G, with corresponding girly items (like Cinderella and American Girls). I had a master list that said which item corresponded to which food or utensil.
The kids chose 2 items for an appetizer and 4 for the main lunch. Nathan about had a fit when he realized he had to eat macaroni and cheese without a fork, but most of the kids followed Daddy's example, and dug in with their hands. Only Aaron ordered a fork with his noodles :)
After lunch, we did cake and ice cream and presents before Christian hurried back to work, and the rest of the afternoon was spent playing with the new things. That night we had a pizza and a movie night with popcorn and candy.
I don't have the greatest pictures from yesterday, since the kids weren't interested in slowing down long enough to smile for the camera, but I did find this old picture of Rachel from when she was a baby. I love this, because she just looks so fragile and sweet. She really did have all that hair! In the picture, she is 2 months old, but still weighs only 7 lbs. She couldn't really hold her head up, so we had to prop her up and take a quick picture. It was shortly after this picture was taken that the doctors got serious about her weight and I stopped breastfeeding.
In her 7 years, she has had 5 surgeries, moved 4 times and lived in5 states, and, quite frankly, is having a very blessed life.