Archive for August 2014

Ah… summer

August 27th, 2014 — 4:58pm

Summer is meant for fun, sun, friends, and SWIMMING! Because, omigarsh, they start FIRST GRADE next week. Someone get me a hankie….

1 comment » | swimming, vacation

I dare you to name a greater invention for relaxation

August 24th, 2014 — 10:26pm

Hammock beats all.

1 comment » | vacation, vashon

Otolaryngology: Check!

August 21st, 2014 — 11:20pm

So, none of us can say this correctly. You try: otolaryngology.

Did you get it right? Probably not. But that shouldn’t bother you, because today Milo and I had a follow up of his “discreet bilateral vocal nodes”. His last appointment was 2/8/012. This morning he and I got to hear his little voice saying, very hoarsely, “My name is Milo, I have a bruvver named Levi. Today is my burfday.” It was so preciously cute I wanted to take the tape home.

Milo shows us where his voicebox is

Anyhow, today we met with the same (big) otolaryngology team at Children’s Hospital and redid some of the tests. He spoke into the mic, saying the same things he said last time (except “today is my birthday”), did modulation tests, slide tests (how loose are your chords so you can make high and low noises). But we DIDN’T do the scope, or swallowing The Black Spaghetti we did two years ago. Wanna know why? Because Milo has been working so hard on his voice that he did SO WELL on his tests that the doctors didn’t think it was necessary to do the scope!  Yes, he and Levi need to continue to work on vocal modulation and using the correct voice at the right time, but most kids do, really.

This is SO AWESOME because since I got the boys tested by Boyer at two years old at the behest of the Sandhurst co-op supervisor Elizabeth Bird, through 2 years of fantastic weekly and twice weekly voice sessions with Allie at Pediatric Speech and Language, through this summer’s ESY services at the EEU summer camp, “vocal hygiene” has been an issue. And as of today (subject to change… your mileage may vary) it isn’t any longer! The exact language is “Dr. Inglis feels that since Milo’s voice has improved he does not need to be scoped today. He feels that the clarity of his voice has improved.” It doesn’t come with a diploma, but it should.

And I want to give a HUGE “thank you!” to the EEU SLP and teachers who came up with several amazing ways for me and Enrique to help the boys remember to use their “healthy voices”. Milo’s vocal hygiene really began to improve in the past 3 months…  Thank you EEU!

I’m so proud of the guys!!

1 comment » | checkup, milo, school

Just reading on our rocking bench

August 19th, 2014 — 6:16pm

3 comments » | books, mommy

Gramps is visiting!

August 17th, 2014 — 9:10pm

The Scooter Whisperer ™

1 comment » | family, gramps, scooters


August 8th, 2014 — 11:18pm

Can you stand it?

3 comments » | portraits

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