Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Earlier Mornings

Auggie didn't start truly sleeping through the night until he was 6 months old. Now I feel like I should relish the amount he sleeps: 9 pm to 9 am. Lately, he's even been pushing it to 10 am!  And anyone who knows just a little bit about me, knows how much I love my sleep!

But 10 is really pushing it, so this week we have started waking up between 8 and 8:30 am. Since he's been a little earlier, he's been going down for his naps earlier and even bed time has been a little bit earlier. I'm hoping we can get this schedule to stick so I can also get on a better sleeping schedule.

Auggie had his last speech therapy appointment on Monday under our old insurance. Darlene, the speech therapist, re-evaluated Auggie so she could complete a report and send it on to Auggie's craniofacial team and pediatrician. She recommended continuing speech therapy at least once a week and then another re-evaluation in 6 months. That seems pretty typical during an evaluation. She evaluated Auggie to be at 24 months for Language Comprehension, 25 months for Language Expression and 26 months for Nonverbal Thinking. She noted that there were no significant weaknesses in any of those categories! YAY! Darlene is very happy with the progress of lip closure when talking and the amount of words he is saying.

Tim and I are both hoping our work with him at home and through the speech therapy, it will keep the phrase "Auggie needs surgery soon" out of his annual appointment with his craniofacial team. We have a little more than 2 months until that appointment- 2 more months to improve! I'm also hoping Auggie will let (at least) one of his doctors into his mouth so they can see for sure if he has a submucous cleft palate as they suspected when he was born. The submucous cleft is the reason why we're sending him to therapy and taking so much action with his speech. Maybe they'll tell us in November that it'll just need to be watched and maybe we won't have to do anything until he's older. Maybe?

We've started his auditory appointments back up through ECI. We're very happy to have our regular therapist back, Melinda. We enjoyed our 2 replacements over the summer but it's nice to have her back! Auggie has grown up and learned so much since she's been gone.

We've also been taking advantage of the nice weather we've been having. Hurricane Isaac is providing us an awesome breeze today. It'd be very hot out in the sun without it! We've gone to the park a few times this week and even attempted to feed the ducks at Brother's Pond Park. They weren't too interested but Auggie enjoyed watching the turtles and small fish eat the crackers. I'm sure I would've let him, Auggie would've been right in the water with them!

Being silly during lunch

Got a few cute snapshots of Auggie in the backyard on Monday

Peeking out from the playground Wednesday morning

He's gotten so big! He can get up to the slide (and down) without any help!

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