Sunday, February 15, 2009

I HEART FACES! ~ WONDER

Week 6





Yes I know I have posted this pic (in color) and this same exact story before for a Wordful Wednesday post but I couldn't pass up the chance to use it for the I heart faces kids contest when I saw the theme was wonder! I edited the pic a bit but here is the underlying story of why I love this picture!


To most this is yet another picture of a beautiful little boy staring off into the world but to me it means SO much more. For the initial version of my son's hearing difficulties go here and I will try to keep this short and to the point. I had told everyone for a long time I didn't think Isaiah could hear me. I knew he wasn't completely deaf but I had to clap my hands of yell to get his attention far too often if he wasn't looking at me. Everyone had an excuse like he is stubborn (yep!), he is the second child and they don't talk as early (true!) or he is a master of selective listening (he's a pro now!). Like every Mother who doesn't want anything to be wrong with her baby, I chose to accept these excuses but my intuition told me otherwise. After a long struggle, I got him into an ENT who confirmed my fears. Isaiah had a BUNCH of fluid on his ears, needed tubes and he could not hear. They feared he would have permanent hearing loss because of the extent of his damage. The surgery went off without a hitch and I cried the first time I saw him wandering around the house trying to figure out each and every tiny noise he heard. You don't realize all the things you "hear" and block out until your baby boy is perched with his ear against the running dishwasher wondering what in the world is going on in there and you never even "heard" it running. Everything was new to him. Isaiah's personality and hearing was night and day just days after surgery. Six months post-op, many visits, two failed hearing tests later, he FINALLY passed his first hearing test and tears just rolled down my cheeks as he turned for every sound.

Isaiah always loved parades and was never scared of the loud noises but that was because everything was muffled in his world. The photo above is of him watching a parade just two weeks after surgery. He was in awe as if he had never seen a parade but it was because he had never truly heard a parade until this photo was taken. Every time I see this picture I think of all my little boy went through and how thankful I am that he can hear everything unless he is using his newly acquired selective listening skills, of course! At the time I was taking the picture, I was wondering if he could hear and my heart skipped a beat when the firetrucks came and I took another photo with him laying back with his hands over his ears ~ he can hear!
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47 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this picture!!! So cute!

    LOL, I've used the same picture twice before too! :)

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  2. What a wonderful story Angela ♥ My oldest daughter had so much trouble with her ears too (and I'm deaf in one ear) I know what you mean about them finally hearing things. The picture is perfect. His look is so precious!

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  3. My son had ear infections all the time as a toddler and didn't hear words correctly so he needed speech classes when he got the tubes in. You need to put that baby in modeling, he is gorgeous!!!!!

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  4. Oh I LOVE the photo, but the meaning behind it is what grabs my heart! I had the SAME issues with my oldest son, and got the same excuses from people, but I KNEW there was an issue! So off to the dr we went, and the same exact problem was diagnosed for him. Praise God it was able to be fixed for your son too!

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  5. This picture surely speaks a thousand words! What a beautiful child he is! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story. Very heart warming...

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  6. Oh! Such a beautiful little boy and a wonderful story of God's goodness! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. WOW! what a powerful entry! ♥ beautiful.

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  8. Ok, your picture was beautiful enough, but then you go and write an even more beautiful description, and now I'm in tears!! Thank goodness there was no permanent damage. What a perfect, perfect entry.

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  9. very beautiful photo, and thank you for sharing the story behind it. a mother always knows!

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  10. Such beautiful kids, and this picture is just gorgeous! Hi from Norway:o)

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  11. Your photo is gorgeous, but the story behind the photo is what really struck my heart. What a beautiful moment that must have been for you as a mom!

    ~Angie
    co-founder of I ♥ Faces

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  12. oh my word - what a beautiful picture AND story! I love it! :-) thanks for sharing!

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  13. Oh my, that picture is priceless because of the story. I am not a crier and I have tears. Absolutely magnificent, both on its own merit and for the story it tells!

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  14. What a fabulous photo! What a cute guy!

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  15. Thank you for sharing your story. The photo is beautiful!

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  16. What a beautiful photo and a fantastic "happy ending" story to go with it! I love pictures that tell a story!

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  17. I love this story! I LOVE your picture. I am so thankful he is healed and can hear now. I am so glad you listened to your intuition and did not give up on this situation. You are a great Mommy!

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  18. I love the photo - the editing job and thanks for sharing the story behind it!

    Blessings to you!
    Jill

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  19. Aw! This is such a neat story. So glad it had a happy ending. I also wanted to say how much I like the B&W conversion. It seems to have a little color peaking through. Very beautiful.

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  20. Awesome photo! Knowing the story behind it makes the photo even better.

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  21. [Wonder]ful photo. Along with a story that tug on the heart strings. Thank you for sharing. This is my first time visiting your blog and I just want to let you know... you have brought inspiration to my day.

    ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

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  22. Another fabulous picture. He's in great thoughts there, very sweet.

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  23. Oh my gosh that photo is beautiful! What a sweet face...I just want to kiss it!!

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  24. This picture is a winner! If it doesn't win I won't be happy! LOL!

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  25. Love that shot! Its so much more expressive in B&W. Captures wonder perfectly. Nice job!

    Love and Prayers,

    Tim @ Fort Thompson

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  26. Oh, what a lovely story. And the picture is so cute - what beautiful eyes your little man has!

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  27. I don't think I could have passed up this photo as one of "Wonder" either. The eyes are just amazing.

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  28. What a great picture and a wonderful story!!

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  29. That picture is beautiful, and does mean more because of the story!

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  30. Beautiful little boy. Thanks for sharing the story too!

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  31. i really love that picture, what a gorgeous young lad.

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  32. Stunning! The story behind the photo makes it even more so.

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  33. Thanks for stopping by.
    Your picture is gorgeous!

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  34. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment! I love your pic too!

    My camera is a Canon powershot SD750. I just love it!!

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  35. This was a great story -- what love is displayed in your post! And the photo was beautiful! Such intensity in his face!

    And I love your new look ... decorating for St. Patty's day are you?

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  36. Oh, what a sweet story, and beautiful picture.

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  37. Bless his little heart..... love it. He is beautiful also.

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  38. Wow! Great pic for wonder. It's beautiful!

    Hope you're having a great day!!

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  39. Great shot... LOVE the def at the top

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