Mom Gives an Exciting Update on Her Baby With Hearing Loss Who Went Viral Last Year.
Little Charlotte melted hearts everywhere after she teared up when she first heard her mom say “I love you.”
At two months old, Charlotte Keane captured everyone’s hearts with her emotional reaction to hearing her mom say “I love you” for the first time. Since the special moment went viral eight months ago, the baby, who suffers from hearing loss, has continued to make big progress!
Christy Keane, Charlotte’s mom, gave GoodHousekeeping.com an update with an exclusive video that shows how the now 10-month-old has learned to communicate with her family.
“Charly is already making huge strides in her language development and has even learned her first sign for the word ‘milk’!” Christy says in the clip.
In April, Christy shared on social media how she and her daughter were able to accomplish the new milestone. “CHARLY’S FIRST SIGN!!! This is as big as the first spoken word, the first steps, the first smile, this is HUGE,” the proud mama wrote. “We have been practicing ‘milk’ before breastfeeds and nighttime bottles and today she did it all by herself. The fact that she is putting together the word and action is so amazing.”
According to Christy, Charlotte has yet to say her first verbal word, but she is starting to mimic noises and pick up on other verbal cues. The Keanes are also learning American Sign Language to better communicate with their daughter.
Christy said that Charlotte will also be receiving cochlear implants this summer, which should assist her hearing even more. The company behind cochlear implants states that the devices are different from hearing aids in that they essentially do the work of the damaged parts where as the aids only amplify the sounds.
“It is really important to me that, regardless of her cochlear implants, that Charly has a strong deaf identity and ties to the deaf community,” Christy says. “We appreciate everyone’s love and support from around the world and we can’t wait to see what amazing things Charly will accomplish in her life.”
Christy documents her daughter’s journey on Instagram @theblushingbluebird.
Source: Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping
Image credit: theblushingbluebird
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