Her First Face...OUR PERFECT BEAUTY
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Just a really quick note to let you all know that surgery is scheduled on Monday at 12:15 p.m. We have to arrive by 10:15. It is a good and bad thing that it is so late...the best part is that we don't have to wake up super early to leave, but traffic may be more of an issue. The bad part is that Adalynn can't eat for 6 hours prior to surgery. That means she can have breast milk at 6ish. Pedialite at 8ish and then that is it. She is going to be one mad lady. We should only be at the hospital for one day. So we should be home sometime Tuesday afternoon.
We will post pictures as soon as things calm down. Until then, we are going to be spending a lot of time enjoying her first smile, her first face. John has been making fun of me for taking way too many pictures. I have to agree, I have. But I want to remember this face, the one that God first gave her and in 2 days it will be gone. I recently found a t-shirt about cleft lips that said "BORN HOLEY, REPAIRED BY A SAINT" and from what we have heard that is what Dr. Burnstein is. Pray for all of us and the doctors and nurses that will be with Adalynn. Help God guide their hands. Thank you so much for keeping all of us in your prayers and checking in on us. Wish us luck!!!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Most of you know that we had a photographer come out to our house several weeks ago to get some pictures of Adalynn's first face as well as the boys. I know, I know, we (well I) take plenty of pictures...but, we had her come anyways. She did a fantastic job. I am really excited about them. Now, we have to narrow our purchase down (especially since I am not working right now). You can see them online by clicking HERE. The session I.D. is Shannon and the password is Frye. These are case sensitive. The photographer was Trina Riggott. Click on her name to go to her website. She is really great. The proofs will only be online for 2 weeks-so be sure to look now!!!
Adalynn has a urology appointment on Thursday and surgery is scheduled for next Monday. We still do not have a time for surgery, but I will let you all know as soon as we find something out (regarding both). It will be at Scottish Rite in Atlanta and we are debating on going the night before so we don't have to leave at so early and/or fight with rush hour traffic in the morning. Her surgery will probably be the first or second one of the day and we have to arrive 2 hours beforehand. That means if her surgery is at 8 a.m., we have to get there by 6 a.m., which means leaving our house around 4:30 a.m....YUCK. John's parents are coming down to stay with us and help out with the boys. My mom is coming and staying in Atlanta to be at the hospital with us. Thanks for continuing to pray for Adalynn.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
On Tuesday, John and I went to Atlanta for Adalynn's pre-op appointment. We were surprised that we didn't get to meet with the surgeon, but his assistant was very informative. They took more pictures of Adalynn and then told us what to expect when they do the surgery. She reassured us that this is the "easy" one. Adalynn will probably not be in too much pain and should be able to use her bottle immediately afterwards. They will cut around her nostril and then across to her Cupid's bow, and then back down to the cleft. Everything will be stitched together with dissolvable stitches, as well be glued on top of that. The tissue on her gums will also be cut and stitched back together in hopes that her bone will begin to grow together and she will not have to have a bone graft when she is older. In December they will do the palate (which will be the hardest on her).
Our main concern right now, is that Adalynn loves to suck on her thumb/hand/fingers. She will have to wear arm boards for about a week as her lip heals in order to keep her hands out of her mouth. She will not like this. She will be able to use her pacifier, so hopefully that will keep her happy for a little while. Adalynn will probably only have to stay one night in the hospital and we should be able to go home the next day. John's parents and my mom are coming down to help us out and we are going to try to keep Broderick and Camden's schedule (school) as normal as possible.
We are still waiting to hear back from the doctor about Adalynn's appointment with a urologist. Hopefully we will know something soon and be able to have a better idea as to what is going on with that before her lip surgery.
As I write this, my little brother is on his way back to our house (he is visiting from Indiana). He came down to visit us and also attempt to visit his daughter. His girlfriend left about a year ago and took his little girl. He was not able to see her tonight (after driving 9 hours to get to our house and 3 more to get to her house). Within a couple of months, she met someone on-line, moved to Georgia from Indiana, got married, and pregnant. She now has a new baby. Please keep him in your prayers as he works through the legal system in order to at least get visitation. Because they were not married, it has been hard, even though his name is on the birth certificate. Also continue to pray for Ryan and his mom Missy as they each fight the nasty disease that cancer is. It makes Adalynn's lip surgery seem like nothing, but pray for her too!