Thursday, February 26, 2009

Look what Ellie can do!

A bubble! Proof that Ellie is learning how to use her new palate! For all of you moms of cleft children, I know you can understand our enthusiam over Ellie's recent accomplishments. For those who do not know, a child with cleft palate does not "know" how to suck or blow bubbles as non-cleft affected babies do. Once the palate is closed, the children have new sensations and new abilities, but of course, it takes time for them to build up muscle tone. It also takes practice to learn how to apply enough pressure to suck from a straw or blow bubbles. WE are so proud of Ellie!

Speech therapy is also going well. Ellie receives services through Baby Net, our state's Early Intervention program. She has therapy twice a week in our home. Our therapist used to work with Ethan, then Lilly, and now Ellie. Mrs. Jan is awesome, and Ellie is willing to work hard so she is making great progress!

Working so hard to suck through a straw! She finally did it! Yeah, Ellie!

A proud little girl who worked really hard to master blowing bubbles and finally sucking!


Rebecca Sibley said...

Yeh, Ellie! Great to see her progress!! Hope you got the pictures today ok too.
love, Rebecca

eastandwest said...

Yay, Ellie! She also gets more beautiful with every post. :)

Bella said...

thats great!!!!

Bobby and Jennifer Barbee and family said...

Yeah Ellie! She also has cuteness mastered !!! Looking forward to planning a springtime visit with you !!!

Cousin Sheri said...

Woohoo Ellie Jean! Next you'll learn to spit outside. Oops, did I say that?
You should be up here playing in the snow with your cousin!

The Smith's said...

YEAH Ellie. I remember when Noah did this for the first time...and the first time that he was able to drink from a spill proof sippy cup...well lets just say that you would have thought that I had won the lottery or something. I think that the people who were around us in Target thought I was crazy.
Love the updates.