For this reason I have created this blog. After we found out that Malachi was deaf we started researching for any kind of help or support. There isn't a deaf community in our little town in South Carolina and the nearest deaf school was over 3 hours away. I figured there must be people like us (hearing parents with a profoundly deaf child who wanted to do CIs and learn ASL). I have had the hardest time find someone with our similar story. All I wanted was someone to relate to and to ask questions. Luckily, I was introduced to a friend's brother who had a friend in North Carolina. She is hearing and has a daughter who is fluent in ASL and also has cochlear implants. I have already found comfort in her words and answers to my questions.
However, I felt very strongly that I needed to chronicle our journey with Malachi. Write about our struggles, our choices, and of course the joy. I hope I can help someone else by offering up a look into our lives.
First there's the Daddy. Brian is a Spanish teacher, a cross country coach and works several other small part time jobs to keep us going. He has a special gift for languages and is already getting pretty good at ASL He loves his little boys and would do anything for them. He is supportive and the best husband I could ever ask for.
Then there's me, the Mommy. I'm Kandra. I am a stay at home mom and my life revolves around my boys. I co-coach cross country will Brian on the side as well.
Brandon is our oldest boy and right now he is three years old. He is a great big brother. He is loaded with energy. He is going going all day long. He doesn't really understand that Malachi is deaf.
Malachi is our sweet boy. He is super squish-able. Strangers stop us at grocery stores, restaurants, and at the park just to tell us how beautiful he is. He has yet to meet a person he won't smile at. He is an extremely content and happy person. And as you read earlier, he is bilaterally profoundly deaf. (Oh, yes and he is currently 14 months).
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