So as you will have noticed I have been a bit absent on here since around Christmas. This is partially due to me just losing my blogging mojo, having no spare time because my children never slept at the same time and moving house. Mostly though it is because Aidan has really begun to find his voice. Since Christmas, his speech has come on so much!
No lie, Christmas week Aidan had one word. Apple. That one word brought us all so much joy because it gave us hope. It showed us that he could learn words and understand what things were. That being said he still had a very little grasp that objects had names. So he had no idea a cat was called a cat or what a ball was. He couldn’t point one out in a book or any other object for that matter.
In the 3 months since then, he has come on so much! If you follow me on Instagram you will know that he now knows about 30 animals, their sounds, the whole alphabet (to say and by sight), numbers 1-12 (We are aiming for 20), some shapes, foods and is starting to take turns in nursery rhymes. Even in the 4/5 weeks between appointments the speech therapists they were shocked at how much he has come on. Including the improvement of his attention span.
I should probably point out now that around the beginning of January we were 6 months gluten and dairy free. From everything I read online before starting the diet, it takes 6 months from your body to be completely free of gluten. Now it could be completely coincidental that Aidan’s speech burst onto the scene around the same time but it seems to me that this diet has been nothing but beneficial to Aidan. We can tell straight away if Aidan is after having dairy because he takes a massive step backwards. I will do a post more about the diet soon.
Anyway, I have decided to share my all the things I do with Aidan to help his speech. This will include everything we learned at the Hanen ‘More Than Words’ course which is more focused on helping your child’s social skills and teaching them to communicate whichever way suits them -verbally, gestures or using visuals. I will also talk more about Aidan’s diet, things that have worked for us and things that didn’t work for us personally.
I will try and do a blog post and video for each one if I can but some things are had to explain without a visual. My first video about our learning folder can be found on my Youtube channel,. It is a folder that I try to do everyday with Aidan to help him to learn words.
If you have any questions or any videos/blogs you would like me to do then just leave a comment or pop me an email.
I usually keep my blog and Youtube channels separate but seen as I had disappeared from vlogging for a few months I just wanted to share my recent upload. I am hoping to come back in full swing with weekly vlogs but D-day for the second little man is in 4 days which may throw a spanner in the works. I will of course share a video once he is born but I don’t know how much of it will be outside of my bed never mind outside the house. But, for now, here is what we got up to over the past week and a little look at how much Aidan has grown in the past few months….
I just came across this family who have suffered with infertility and finally raised enough money to get IVF treatment.. resulting in 4 baby girls due at the beginning of next year! As infertility is something very close to me this touched me and in some way gave me an insight into how my Mom & Dad felt when they were told they were finally going to have a baby too. (although not biologically their own.) I will definitely be following their journey on their youtube and facebook channels and hope everything goes well for them.
The SacconeJoly’s are an Irish family, now living in the UK, who vlog their daily lives. Everything from their proposal, to their wedding day and the birth of both their kids they have shared with the world of the Internet. Oh and they also add six Maltese dogs into the mix.
I’ve only recently discovered RTB, they’re a family from Indiana. Allison is the main vlogger but the entire family are always in the videos. They share their honest opinions on things and lead extremely normal lives that people can relate to.
Jess is a 22 year old, single mom to 4 kids, all under 5! She approaches her situation with such positivity and determination to give the best she can to her kids. I really enjoy watching her raise her kids, and I think she’s doing a pretty great job.
Ok so I’m starting to see a trend here, they’re all family vloggers. Hannah, Stef and their son Grayson upload a weekly vlog on Sundays which documents what they got up to during the week. Like a UK version of RTB they are completely normal people who don’t hide the fact that they curse or enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. They have such a cute relationship too which is really nice to watch. They also have a blackout night every so often which I am definitely thinking about starting in my house.
If you’re into vlogs I would definitely recommend checking these channels out.