The If Then Board

With the fact that Ethan was born with a cleft palate, he did not talk much when he was younger, and when he did talk he was so difficult to understand no one but me could understand what he was saying most of the time. We taught him sign language very early on, and he was able to communicate with everyone in the house so much better, but unfortunately most people outside the house didn't know sign language and there was a huge language barrier. We finally got Early On to come in and … [Read more...]

Montessori Homeschool Classroom

On top of the 5 ER trips we had last week we also had 4 check ups for different kids at the doctors office (2 separate visits) all of which went good for the most part... We discussed with the doctor the fact that Anthony has been having horrible night terrors. Now if you have never experienced a child having night a night terror, let me tell you it is a pretty scary thing to have to go through just as the person helping him, I cannot imagine how it must feel being the one stuck in something so … [Read more...]

Cleft Lip Surgery ~ Ethan’s Cleft Lip and Palate Journey

Today is Ethan's 4th birthday, and I figured in honor of that it would be a great time to share some of the journey he has been on in those last 4 years with his cleft lip and palate. I hope this will  shed some light on our journey of having a baby born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. Hopefully this can be some encouragement or guidance for them, and help educate others. When we first found out we were pregnant with Ethan, Jake and I were overjoyed to be blessed enough to add a 7th member … [Read more...]

Preschool Plans For Ethan

This year Ethan will be working on Early preschool through Kindergarten activities. He was supposed to be enrolled in Early Childhood Special Education preschool this year because he turned 3 and was no longer eligible for early on intervention, but we have decided we will just modify whatever we need to, and continue to homeschool him with the rest of the children, he will however continue to receive speech/occupational therapy from an outsider. I am working on mostly Montessori ideas for … [Read more...]

Summer Sensory Bin

Summer Sensory Bin Ethan has been enrolled in a early childhood school this past 2 years, to help with some of the speech therapy, sensory issues, and for OT they had a few summer classes for the kids this summer, this was the last one "beach theme" Big sister being helpful with Gabe.. Fishing in a fun summer sensory bin idea. The little sprinkler.. Anthony got pretty good at the BIG bubbles! Anthony and Cody throwing water bombs at each other... This isn't … [Read more...]