Frida said something yesterday. It wasn’t something that you would normally pay attention to coming from an almost 2-year old, but for Frida it was something completely new. She said: ” Da, da, da, da, da”. Yippieeee!
So why is that such a big deal? Well, as many of you know, she was born with a cleft palate, and had surgery at the beginning of April to have this closed. Children with a cleft palate have open access between the mouth and nose, meaning that they are unable to build up air pressure in the mouth, which is necessary to articulate certain sounds, known as plosives (consonants that require a slight explosion of accumulated air pressure – if you’re interested, read more here). I know I’m getting kind of technical here, but the thing is that even after surgery when the palate is closed, the child will still need to learn how to cut the airstream by closing the passage towards the nose. She also had to learn how to drink using a straw, something she learned a few weeks after surgery.
Still with me here? D is a plosive, and Frida said it, so this is kind of a break through! I should say that Frida does speak, and say small sentences and stuff, but normally her speech contains no “hard” sounds – everything is kind of mushy, and can be hard to understand. Now we can start working with that – at least a little bit.
Actually we have been taking pictures of Frida’s palate after her surgery to see how well it healed up, and I must say, I’m just really impressed with what doctors can do these days. I should say though, that what you see below will probably never be a woman’s best angle – and it’s not easy to take palate pictures! Follow the progress from the upper left (taken one month before surgery) to the lower right (taken approximately 2 months after surgery).
So everyone – da, da, da, da! 😉 Do ask questions if everything is not clear.