Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The sweet sound of laughter

Yesterday after I got back from the dentist, Aidan and I were just hanging out watching TV. I was on the phone with my brother and heard what I thought was Aidan fussing. I looked over and he wasn't fussing.... he was smiling and LAUGHING! I burst into tears immediately. My baby laughed! I don't know what was so funny but he had laughed for the nurse while I was gone too.

Several weeks ago, Russell heard him laugh in the hyperbaric chamber, but we hadn't heard him do it since then. I ran around trying to find my camera so I could get a video of him laughing, and I called my mom so that she could hear it too.

So, I'd like to share the video of Aidan laughing with you all. One side of his face is still weak, so he has kind of a half smile. I can't even begin to tell you all how excited and happy I am. Hopefully in the next few weeks we'll see and hear even more from him.

I have to take him tomorrow to the speech therapy center for them to do an evaluation to see if he is a candidate for the vital stem therapy (which he should be). This will help strengthen the muscles for swallowing so that we can start introducing solids by mouth. It's going to take some time before the g-tube will come out... probably years, but we're okay with that. Aidan is healthy and is obviously gaining weight. That's all we can ask for. :)

Hope you all enjoy the video! *If the music player is interfering with hearing the video, just pause the player at the bottom of the page so you can watch the video.*


Anonymous said...

This is the sweetest thing I have heard in a long time. Aidan is a fighter. He is on his way back.Give those 2 little boys a big hug and kiss from their Great Aunt Rhonda. I love and miss you all. I keep praying for Aidan everyday. Thing are getting better. I love the video. Hope you get more videos of him laughting. Love, Aunt Rhonda

SugarEd Productions said...

PRAISE GOD. What a wonderufl glorious sound!!!

Anonymous said...

I called my husband and daughter in to see the video with me! Thank you so much for posting this! What a great thing to fall asleep thinking of Aidan and his sweet sounds!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! That is so precious. Is there a way to shut the music off so you can hear the video better?

The Tuba Geek said...

You should be able to pause the feed. The music player is at the bottom of the page.

Anonymous said...

Wow.... brought tears to my eyes this morning. I am so happy for you all. Congrats on this huge step!

Shawna said...

That is sooo awesome! We are so happy and we know that Aidan is making steps every day, some little, some big, and some are just adorable!!

Anonymous said...

Erin -

This is wonderful. It is so good to know that he is happy and making progress. Belinda

Anonymous said...


This is wonderful !!!
We loved the video, and look forward to seeing more, of Aidan
and his return.
Thank you so much for sharing,
we can never under estimate the
true power of prayer!!
Thanks for sharing,

Betty & Brian Owen

Please give him a HUGE hug from Brian and myself.

Anonymous said...

This is so wonderful! It brought tears to my eyes. He has come a long way....he is such an amazing little boy!

Anonymous said...

I heard about Aidan on CC, and have read every entry on your blog. This video brought tears to my eyes! ~Jen

Anonymous said...

How precious! That is just the sweetest thing I've seen lately. So glad to see him looking happy and smiling. Praying for continued progress for Aidan, and strength for you. Blessings to your precious family.

Leslie said...

Crying at my desk at work while watching this! Like one of the ladies above, called my husband to get online right away to watch! The Lord has His Almighty hand on your baby... we're praying DAILY! THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS VIDEO!!!

Kristina said...

That's so wonderful! He really seems to be doing well. I'm so encouraged for you. You also seem to be doing better? Hope you are all well.

Anonymous said...

We couldn't be happier for you guys! I was so excited to hear this promising news. We pray he continues to improve everyday!
Brandy,Phillip,& Caiden

Luke's Mom said...

I'm so glad to hear that Aidan is laughing again. There is nothing as wonderful as hearing our sweet children laugh.

I hope all is going good haven't heard any news in awhile.

Suzi Searles

Anonymous said...

How did the evaluation at the speech therapy center go? What exactly is the vital stem therapy?Any new updates? Hope things are going well. Just want you to know that you're still in our prayers