There isn't much "news" to report from Ethan's world, but a little update seems in order at this time. And I wanted to post this cute picture :-)
Ethan continues to amaze us by tolerating his glasses and generally leaving them alone. He pulls them off 3 or 4 times a day, usually with the goal of manipulating me into some sort of action. He must really like the view (despite the bite marks) through his new lenses.
Ethan is mastering the art of imitation, like most kids his age I suppose. He has been repeating vocal patterns on a pretty consistent basis. For instance, he sort of hums the pattern that he hears, if we say "bop bop bop", then he hums "mmm, mmm, mmm". It seems like a logical first step toward speech, but I've never seen a child do this, so I wonder if it's unique to the implant, or if hearing children start talking this way as well.
E-boy has learned how to protest by way of tantrum-like behavior. Luckily, there is only one way to induce this behavior, and it's fairly short lived. The boy loves his bath, so when you remove him from the tub you better prepared to manage some serious displeasure! I have to look away as I'm wrapping the towel around him, otherwise he might see me laughing and that wouldn't be good. I can't help it, his mad face is the cutest and funniest expression he has. Someday he's going to be sitting on a therapists couch, and all of his issues will come down to the fact that his mother forced him to wear tons of head gear and laughed at him whenever he was upset.