Ian has NO cavities! As many if you know, kids with clefts are 70% more likely to get cavities. This was amazing news. He went to the dentist a couple weeks ago and did such a great job; he sat in the cleaning chair without shedding any tears. The dentist said we were doing a great job and to continue to brush 3 times a day. He also said as long as we brush shortly after, there is no harm in Ian having sweets. And I was worried the whole time!
Ian will be having either a pharyngeal flap or sphincter pharyngoplasty to "establish velopharyngeal competence". The procedure will be done on March 5 along with a second set of tubes. After a visit to the speech pathologist at Scottish Rite, the doctor decided it best for Ian's speech. We're, of course, hesitant because he's already been through two surgeries, but we hope it's the right choice in the long run.
Okay, maybe not too ugly.
For MLK day we all went to the zoo. This was Ian's first trip. Of course he loved it! And we loved seeing his little face light up when he saw the animals.
The cutest lion there!