Saturday, June 26, 2010

Happy 1st birthday my little sweetheart!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

first signs

Yea.......Amelia's learning sign language! She has been signing "milk" for a little while now but usually while she is drinking a bottle and not necessarily to ask for it when she is hungry (she usually just cries instead). The past couple of days she seems to have been practicing signing "momma" and "dadda" :). And just now when we fed her dinner she signed "more" and "eat" for the first time. We tried to get a video of her new signs but of course our camera card ran out of space while we were recording (and my hands are in the way too, duh). You can see her sign "more" in the beginning of the video and "eat" at the very end. This is especially exciting since we just found out at her latest hearing test today that she doesn't seem to be able to hear anything in her left ear and little to nothing in her right ear. We are working on getting her an appointment to see a hearing specialist in LA to see if anything can be done to help her. In the mean time, we are so happy that she is starting to communicate with us through sign language.

rice cereal

Amelia's palate is continuing to heal very nicely. We started giving her solid foods (pureed of course) about a week ago and she seems to like it. So far she has had rice cereal, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes and a little bit of banana. Sweet potatoes are definitely her favorite. I seem to remember that they were one of Siena's favorites too. It's been a lot of fun feeding her. We have been waiting patiently for the last 6 months to give her something besides her bottle. She may have gotten a few bites of ice cream and frosting along the way but luckily it hasn't seemed to have ruined her taste buds :). Siena is very excited because we have been letting her fed Amelia a little bit too. She is such a good big sister!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Today Amelia had her post-op appointment. Aside from having to wait in an overcrowded and slightly uncomfortable waiting room for over an hour for a 10 minute visit with the doctor, it went very well. Dr. Cohen is a great surgeon so it is definitely worth the wait. Her palate is healing very well and she is completely off pain meds :). She has a small opening on the side of her palate that he had to make to be able to close up the rest of it but that should close with scar tissue in about 5 more weeks. He said that we won't be able to tell the difference between the scar tissue and a normal palate once it is completely healed.