May 2, 2008


You will be amazed at the new sounds your little one will start making within no time. Consonants and vowels come to life and even the pitch and timbre of their voice changes. As the days passed we could tell Bauer was realizing he could manipulate his mouth more and more. He is constantly playing with his tongue against the roof of his mouth. His laugh and scream have always been loud, but now it's getting louder and higher!!!
We are excited to get started with the speech therapy. I can't imagine how much more he'll be able to do after that. The surgeon has told us several times that if the babies are in a speech environment early on that their abilities should be close to 99% normal by school time. We may try and look for a therapist that specializes in cleft children, but for now we are going to use our local resource, EARLY STEPS. Check your area for early intervention teams. It makes a huge difference for your child. I've been around kids who didn't get the therapy they needed and even at 5 years old you could barely understand what they were saying.

Today he was watching me chase Gator and for some reason thought it was hilarious!!

Mmmmm! Good!!

Now that Bauer can eat solids without shooting them through his nose :) we're trying all kinds of new stuff. I think I've mentioned before that there is an eating schedule the hospital will give you before checking out. It shows what and when your child can eat. Anything thin and pourable is allowed within the first 10 days. We didn't really try much other than milk, pedialyte, and apple juice the first week or so . Didn't want to chance any food getting clogged on sutures and stuff. But at this point we were about 3 weeks post-op so he was eating and loving most things..............................................MOST THINGS!! HA! :) :)


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