Wednesday, March 14
Drew's Sister Is A Blessing
In all this excitement and concern over Drew's hearing, sometimes I get worried that someone is getting neglected. That someone is our two-year-old daughter.
The books say that bringing home a new child can be traumatic to their older sibling(s), and so naturally we were a bit concerned. It ended up that Drew is nothing more than her new best friend, and I can't recall even a moment of tension between them (yet). Nevertheless, simply because we are so busy scheduling, preparing for, re-scheduling, driving to - and from - Drew's appointments, it has to be taking some kind of toll on Drew's sister.
I am hoping the weight of all this will never overload her, and so far I can't really tell anything is stressing her, but I still worry. Between her getting to go to We Joy Sing, which we enrolled Drew in to let him hear the music that the children sing there, to being allowed to beat a drum as hard as she can (again for Drew to try to hear something) she appears to be having a great time all around. The only trouble we've had is when she thinks Drew needs a diaper change. She says "poopy" over and over, and then "snap" a few times, and then "wipe", "wipe". If you're not paying close attention, you'll look over and Drew will be completely naked. She just wants to help him.
Because of her "helping" (and I use that term loosely), as Drew gets bigger we anticipate that his sister will be one of his biggest assets. She can attend his auditory-oral classes on a regular basis as a "student peer" which should bring some fun to class. Also, I suspect that with her rate of language development she'll have no trouble helping Drew practice his words. I personally don't know if I'll be able to talk enough to make up for a year of Drew not hearing the spoken word, but between his mother and his sister he might be seeking some earplugs. [Please no one tell Drew's Mom I said that]
We aren't writing about her much here, so I thought I'd just point out how important she is to all of this for us and for Drew.