Geo is a 4-year-old boy being raised bilingually in monocultural home.

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Stinky Comment Makes Mother’s Day

Many people were excited to hear about Geo’s recent hearing test and his 70% hearing capabilities. However, we were not happy with this news. Geo went in July 18th for his hearing test. We expected to learn that he was hearing at almost 100%. The news that he is only hearing at 70% and may now need additional surgery was a great disappointment to us.

We must remain positive, though. Geo used to hear at 50% in his bad ear…and now he’s hearing at 70% after two surgeries. The doctor will see Geo again in six months and if he is still at 70%, then we will schedule another surgery. Luckily, the follow-up surgery is less intrusive. There is a small metal implant in Geo’s ear and the surgery would simply shift the implant slightly to try to improve Geo’s hearing. The doctor’s goal is to bring him up to 85%.

Additionally, since his improved hearing, we have noticed that Geo is speaking a lot more! It’s not always well articulated, but he is definitely feeling more confident and is speaking much more. He still reports that he hears so much better and that it’s “really cool” to hear better. Also, Geo is more open to having me sing to him his lullabies! (Wonderful news to a mommy who loves to sing to her children!)

Finally, another positive point is that Geo has started speaking more French. He is spontaneously coming up with things to say en français! This is exciting, especially since Geo has often asked that we speak English and has not really latched onto French like his sister has. One reason he could be enjoying French more now (in addition to his improved hearing) is the fact that we’ve hosted several “Sunny Earth Camps” where many children from the community have come into our home to participate in a fun and active French lesson. I am using AIM Language Learning’s La Poule Maboule kit for the majority of the camp. In the video above, you’ll see him saying the words for “boy” (garçon) and “girl” (fille), while also doing his own version of the AIM gestures for the two words. Before starting the video camera, Geo had started saying and gesturing the words “fille” and “garçon” over and over again in his silly Geo-style. It took a little questioning to get him to reenact it…and that’s what you see in the video.

We recently went on a vacation to DC. While waiting to cross a street, there were several busses and cars. Out of the blue, after much whole-family English conversation, Geo blurted out “Ça pue!” (It reeks/stinks!)…and yes, it did indeed stink! I think this may be Geo’s first spontaneous complete sentence in French…short, not sweet due to its stinkyness, but ever so sweet to our ears! Go, Geo, go!!!!!

GoodGeoNews²

1. Geo went for his post-op appointment today and his ear is looking great! He still needs to heal over the course of the next two weeks or so but so far, so good! In July, he will have a hearing test to see how much his hearing has improved. He still reports that he is hearing much better and today he confessed that it is “really cool” to hear more!!! The doctor was really pleased to hear this. He said that most children do not express their ability to hear better and that they are “usually in the dark” after most children’s surgeries.

We are overjoyed by today’s good news and we are very excited for next month’s hearing test. Please keep those positive thoughts coming for Geo’s healing process. We greatly appreciate all your well-wishes!

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Back to his energetic, playful self 3 weeks after surgery!

2. Just this week, Geo (or should I say “Géo”?!) started singing a well-loved French song by Henri Dès. His older sister has been singing it around the house since she learned it with her class at school. It’s an adorable song called “Papa mon baiser.” To hear this sweet song and/or to purchase it, follow these directions: Click here. Then click on “La boutique” to the left. Choose “L’âne blanc” (the white donkey). Find the title of the song and click it: “Papa mon baiser.” Lastly, at the top click “écouter la chanson.”

While we were waiting in the doctor’s office today, Géo broke out in this song, once again, without prompting. I took advantage and grabbed my phone, opened my “Voice Memos” app and asked him to sing it again. To my utter surprise, he complied! Géo is not one to normally follow directions so willingly! In fact, Géo usually wants absolutely nothing to do with singing or speaking French…so this is a momentous event!!!!

Géo sang an abbreviated version and changes the second verse to “Maman,” much to mommy’s delight! The “tu me la fait tous les soirs” is quite a mouthful that he slides over. He can say his “s” and “z” sounds, but he does not do so in the word “baiser” or “soir” but really, who cares?!! It was music to my ears…speech-delayed errors and all!

Listen to Géo sing here.