Cleft Lip, Family

Harvey gets the go!

Yesterday we went to our monthly checkup with our Doctor at Children’s.  (We got to go to Lowell again though!)   I can’t say enough about how wonderful they have been already!  Feeling blessed to have them!

We were told last month that they would not be able to schedule surgery until closer to time.  Probably would be June before Harvey was cleared for surgery.  Well yesterday, after seeing how big he had gotten, how great he was eating, and that there had been zero issues so far, they cleared him yesterday!  So now, we won’t be going back to see them until the day of surgery!  That is such great news and a huge blessing!

Harvey weighed 6.13 at birth and 6.5 when we left the hospital.  He weighed 9.14 yesterday!  Almost 10 pounds already!  I am so happy that he is nursing without problems and gaining weight so well!  We feel so incredibly blessed by him!  He is beating all the “norms” for a cleft baby and I know a lot of that has to do with the fact that his lip is not as severe as it could be, and that his palate was not affected, but that in itself is a HUGE blessing!

So now they will call us with a surgery date.  We will go to LR for surgery, then have several follow ups for suture removal and to check his lip.  We are just praying for all of this to go smoothly.  It is always scary when your child is being put to sleep and having surgery.  The surgery will last about 3 hours.

Now we are going to just enjoy this sweet boy and that adorable lip for a few more months.  I am going to take a million pictures of him before they fix it.  I love it just the way it is- but know we have to fix it.  So until then, I am going to just document him like crazy! And who am I kidding, I will document him like crazy after the surgery too, I mean, its just what I do!  Here is a few pictures (just from my phone) that I took before we went to the doctor.  He got all dressed up with his bow tie 🙂 Image

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