A Little Blessing

My name is Brandon Burditt. I was born with a bilaterral cleft lip and cleft palate. I had three surgeries in my first year of life; but that hasn't stopped me. Some say I am a little charmer; I love to cuddle, laugh, and play.
This is my journey...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

Went trick or treating with my sister and my two cousins. We had a great time. I am enjoying my independence as I am more and more mobile. My visits with Help Me Grow have been very helpful so far. My Help Me Grow workers have been very nice and I enjoy playing with them. They have a really cool bag of toys that they brought over to my house to let me play with. Soon they will be sending a speech therapist out to my house to give me some help too. I am starting to say more and more words, but need a little help with my articulation. Next week I journey up to U of M again to have my eyes looked at. Momma is a little worried that they are going to say I have to have another surgery...we'll see. I am making progress with my growth thanks to my growth hormone shots. My mom is starting to notice I am getting taller because my pants are all getting too short. Right now I am just loving life...no big complaints. Although, I have more teeth coming in and that is not fun, not fun at all.
The group: My sister as Cat in the Hat, myself as Thing 1, my cousin Logan as Thing 2, and my cousin Gabrielle as the pink fish.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

19 Month Update

We finally took advantage of the referral to Help Me Grow. I felt I was already well linked in the community so I declined services through Help Me Grow at first, but after hearing more about the services they offer we have decided to give it a try. Any child with a qualifying medical diagnosis can receive free services through Help Me Grow until the age of 3. This is a state funded service. So far I have just met with the intake person, but soon will have a service coordinator assigned to us. Help Me Grow has several early intervention specialists who do home visits to monitor growth and development. More updates to come as we journey forward.
We are starting to see some results from the Growth Hormone shots. Brandon is getting taller and has finally hit the 20 pound mark. I don't think I notice his growth as much since I am around him all the time, but extended family members and friends are the first to remark. He is doing so well. No tears or fussing from the injections. Brandon knows when it's time for his nightly shot and just lays on his belly and waits for it. We have found that the back of his hip area is the least painful for him. Such a little trooper.
Within the last couple weeks Brandon has made remarkable progress with his speech. Several words may not sound "correct", but he is making an attempt and we tend to know what he is trying to say. Some examples of words he is saying...Momma, ga-ga = Da Da, Awna = Breanna, ile = Kyle, ball, gog =dog, elly = belly, uh-oh, no, owww = ouch, mine, bye, hi, bubba, more, and bite.