Tonight before bed, Ben announced, "This ... is this," pointing first to one book and then to another. After reflecting on it for a moment, he explained. "You know why I said that? Because they are both books. That's why I said, 'This is this.'"
Maybe Neil can step in with an exposition on the strengths and flaws of this argument.
Ben went without his hearing aid today. For several weeks he's been getting more and more tetchy about anyone touching his left ear, especially to put the aid in or take it out. At one point Neil thought he saw a little redness just inside the outer ear canal, but I can't see it. At his last audiological appointment we decided not to get a new ear mold, even though we'd been running on this one for over six months, since it still fit so well. (I do not miss the early days, when his ears grew so quickly that we had to go to Buffalo every two weeks for new molds.) Maybe the latex is starting to degrade -- although we don't see any visible signs of it. A mystery. Anyway, today he actually started crying in pain when I tried to put the hearing aid in, so I desisted. On Tuesday we'll follow up, either with the audiologist or pediatrician. And of course, his CI was beeping all yesterday and today -- not clear whether the battery was in poor contact or this cable is starting to die. Impeccable timing.