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!