Oh Ronan.

I have been so preoccupied with Ruby and breastfeeding that I haven’t blogged about Ronan in a while.  So here we go!

Ronan is 2 and a half.  30 months old.  He is such an amazing, vibrant little person.  He has SO much to say.

Only, he can’t say it.

It really has been so long since I wrote about this.  I feel like I should mention it again.  Ronan “has” Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  Has is in quotation marks because this medical diagnosis isn’t given out until a child is 3 years old.  However, he has all of the signs and markers of it, we have been doing his therapy as though he does, and he has been responding beautifully.

Ronan LOVES his speech therapist, Miss Emily.  He’s excited when she gets here, and he is sad when she leaves.  She has been fantastic about knowing what type of activities will get the most ‘work’ out of him, while also letting him have fun.  She spoils him a little too, and I can’t say that we mind!

When we started therapy in June, Ronan had very few words.  Through therapy, we’ve been teaching him sounds; how to make them, where they’re used, where they come in a word.  So instead of just teaching him how to say single words, we have been teaching him the ability to spontaneously say words he couldn’t previously.

This is such a hard subject to write about… I’m having trouble figuring out what I want to say and how to say it.  There are so many leaps and strides Ronan has taken that wont seem like anything to someone that isn’t familiar with apraxia.

Ronan previously said “UH!” when he wanted to be picked up, but has recently started putting the “P” sound at the end.  He says “Yes” and “No” appropriately.  He gets just as excited as we do when he figures out a new word.  He says “cookie” and “keys” and “gokeen” means ‘broken’.  He says “BABY!” and points at Ruby and gives her a kiss.  He says “Nah nah” when we put him in bed now… ‘night night’.  He says “more book” when we wants us to read him a story.  He says so many new things every day that I can’t remember them all.  It is so amazing.

We still have struggles and frustrations.  There are times when he tries so desperately and earnestly to tell us what he wants, and we just can’t figure it out.  It’s a work in progress.  Nothing comes easily or quickly for Ronan, but he keeps trying.  And things will just keep getting better and better.

I know it.


  • http://daisieyandbuggy.wordpress.com/ Kim

    Oh Mandy, i’m so happy to read an update about this, i had been wondering about it (from reading your previous post about it a while ago)! It sounds like he’s making progress, and that is SO great! I wish i had a chance to meet your adorable little guy! I will, though. :) Did i tell you — Josh said we might be able to plan for a trip down to see you next year!
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    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com/about-this-blogger/admin/ Mandy

      You didn’t tell me this… but that makes me SO EXCITED! You guys would LOVE it here. Oh yay… this just made my day. 😀

  • http://about.me/efloraross Elizabeth Flora Ross

    Oh, this has just made my day! I’m so happy he is making such progress. I know how great it feels. I also know the pain when your little one is desperately trying to communicate, and you have no idea what he is saying. We still experience that with SB, even though she has made AMAZING progress. Thank you for sharing this! Hugs! :)

  • http://www.catelinden.com Cate

    Oh Mandy, I know exactly how you feel. It feels so strange to me to talk to other people about Simone’s speech progress, because for most almost-2 1/2-year-olds it isn’t much. She ran down the hall after Jason today saying “Wait!” and we were both just floored. The fact that she’ll reliably say “yes” when asked a question—that she CAN say “yes”—is monumental. I’m so happy to hear that Ronan is making such wonderful progress, too.
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  • Lindsay

    Okay so the story I’m about to tell isn’t really comparable in any way to your experience, but it made me think of it and it makes me laugh and maybe you’ll laugh, too. Anyway, my boyfriend’s cousin has a little boy about 2 years old. His parents only speak Chinese to him (so he’ll actually learn it!) and every time we have a family function he inevitably comes up to me and starts to tell me something that I can only assume is incredibly fascinating and poignant and of course I have no idea what he’s saying and all I can do is look at him and say “I’m sorry honey, I can’t understand you” and of course, he is equally bewildered by what I am saying. Usually he runs off and tells someone else his amazing thing and I miss out. So yeah, not being able to understand the little ones – I get that part. But of course, like I said – your post only made me think of this story, and I don’t actually think they’re the same thing at all.

  • Kate

    I’m so proud of you & Ronan, sweetie! You have such a strong, beautiful family. I love watching you all grow and blossom. First words are very exciting things! So happy to read this update.

    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com/about-this-blogger/admin/ Mandy

      Thank you Kate. I adore you. Your support throughout all of this has been so priceless. Thank you a million times! <3