I have some news about Kelli’s little guy Eli. You all might remember that our daughter Kelli had twin boys in April, Eli, and Emmett.
For the most part, the boys have been doing good, minus chronic ear infections that won’t go away. Poor Eli has had ear infection since late September and can’t get it to completely clear.
Both of the boys are slated to get tubes on January 21st. YAHOO! The goal is to keep them cough/cold-free until then.
Although Eli has been developing, we’ve always wondered if something was up with Eli. He hasn’t progressed as far as Emmett but we decided that it was likely because kids just grow differently. We didn’t know if maybe it was because his hearing is impaired because of the ear infections. He was tested and we were told that his hearing is about the same as if you put your fingers in your ears and then listen. They expect that will improve after tubes so that’s why we are pushing to get the tubes.
We’ve always known that Eli might have a little bit of trouble as due to the circumstances of his birth, he might have been deprived of oxygen for a little bit so we didn’t know if it might be something like that happening with him. Whatever it was, we were determined to do all we could to give him a happy life…and we knew whatever it was that made him a little different, was mild enough that he might have some bumps in the road but nothing that would stop him.
Recently Kelli took the boys in to get their eyes checked. We have a family history on my husband’s side of the family for lazy eye, in that the optic nerves don’t develop equally. Kramer’s dad had it, Kramer had it, our son Buck has it. So far, we test the grandkids early on and none of them have had it…until Eli.
What prompted Kelli to get the boys checked was their family history AND there is a program called Infant See. You can find them online. Eye doctors have gotten together to provide free eye exams for infants so they can catch problems early. I highly recommend the program.
After going to the eye doctor we found out that Emmett is okay but Eli needs glasses.
Kelli wrote on Facebook:
“This little guy has some new gear to sport! We had an eye appointment last week and happened to find out that Eli has two lazy eyes that don’t focus well, leaving him with the inability to focus on things that are close to him. I think it’s going to take some getting used to for everyone, but seeing him “see” for the first time was literally amazing. I could watch his eyes “seeing” me for the first time and his giant smile afterward is one I will remember forever!”
Kelli said that …when they put the glasses on him, he totally sparked up. He got a huge smile and the real Eli jumped out. I think we’ve all seen videos when deaf children get a cochlear implant and their faces light up. Eli did just that only with glasses.
Eli isn’t doing the best with leaving them on…Emmett isn’t doing the best with leaving Eli’s glasses alone. Right now, the bows of the glasses are a little long so Kelli has plans to order him some prescription goggles with the hope they might work a little better.
“You guys—this kid is something else! It breaks my heart to know that he couldn’t see for so long and was struggling without my even knowing it, but it makes me so exponentially happy to know we are on the upswing and proud of the progress he has made in a few short days!
He has started crawling, picking things up with his finger (not his whole hand), standing on his knees, and standing along objects all in the past few days since we got his glasses! He still takes them off a ton, but is doing better at keeping them in because he knows he can see so much better!
I have talked with Eli on Facetime a few times since he’s had his glasses. Oh my. What a changed boy!! He’s so much quicker to smile and be happy. I am so impressed with the change his glasses have brought about.
Already, even through Facetime, he doesn’t seem “off” anymore. I’m so excited to see all the things Eli will be!!
Please check and see if there is an Infant See program in your area. I highly recommend getting infants’ eyes checked before they turn one.