So I’ve been trying to figure out exactly when and about what I want to post on the blog. Life has been crazy and I’ve sort of gotten away from posting, but I’ve had several people mention to me about posting more to the blog so I think I’m going to try to do a few more posts in the coming weeks. We have a lot going on and in our cleft journey this is going to be one of the most interesting parts.
It’s currently 10pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018 as I’m writing this. Erin is working on cleaning up the dishes from today and Isabella is in her crib sleeping. At this point, our hope is that she remains sleeping for the night. Not that she’s a bad sleeper, but in the past month or two she’s struggled from time to time and I think we are still recovering from our night that resulted in her waking up at 9pm and staying awake until 1am. I think that happened Tuesday..or Monday…at some point this week it happened.
As I’m sure anyone who has gone through the first year with a new baby can attest, the days are long at times, but the weeks and months fly by. Erin and I were just talking a little bit ago and discussing the past year. Did we miss it? It seems like just yesterday we were in the hospital with this new baby and now she’s walking, talking, and has one of the most insanely awesome personalities ever!
This kid has been the epitome of badass coming through her first surgery back in August like it was nothing and is prepping for surgery number two in just a few weeks (April 25th to be exact). For this one, the doctors will be fixing the cleft of her palate and will be doing her first nose/lip revision. Not that it’s overly easy to see in photos, but there is about a 1mm rise in her lip where the cleft lip scar was and the doctor wants to fix it. It’s crazy to think that 1mm is going to make that much of a difference, but knowing that our doctor is THAT particular about making sure it’s done right is reassuring. He’s also going to work to build up the interior wall of the left side of her nose as it’s caved a bit. Again, it’s something that is relatively hard to tell unless you look for it, but is both cosmetic and structural for her.
For this surgery we will have to stay overnight at Hershey so that they can monitor her throughout the night. Rarely if ever do they run into issues, but because the surgery does get very close to her airway they want to be the ones on high alert rather than us staring at her all night making sure nothing happens such as swelling that could block the airway. It’s going to be a long day and night, but like we did before, we’ll get through it and our little badass will prove once again that she is tougher than me.
I may be able to lift her with one hand (not gonna lie, my arms look awesome in this picture), but my strength has been coming through her since the day she was born.
So while that surgery is coming up soon, today is what I started the blog about and want to recap parts of the last few months.
Since her surgery she’s gone from crawling on November 3rd to pulling herself up to standing on December 20th, taking a few steps on February 6th and has been walking (and sometimes I swear she’s running) since March 7th.
She’s popped through eight teeth so far (we’re pretty sure it would be nine but the cleft may have prevented one baby tooth on the top left) including her first molar on April 1st. I know everyone says that teething is the worst, but no…they lie…teething isn’t THAT bad…until its a molar. THAT. WAS. HORRIBLE.
Speaking of that cute little mouth, she’s talking…well at least a few words so far…but the one that hasn’t come yet is the one that is killing me. Still no “dada” at all! I swear if she calls me “mama” and then points at me and laughs one more time, I’m going to go crazy.
Here’s Isabella in her favorite chair. It’s super special to me because my grandfather hand crafted this awesome little rocking chair for her and surprised us with it. Not only is it special because he made it, it’s special because it’s a piece that Isabella will be able to keep with her for my future grandchildren as well.
I want to wrap up this blog before it starts to get out of hand and just rambling on (yes I know, the fact that I’m saying that probably means it already has) but whatever, I’m a first time dad with an amazing little girl. (Definitely not a bias statement at all!)
Life may not have dealt us the easiest hand over the last year or so, but we just simply adapt and overcome no matter what happens. Isabella has helped me through some rough times and my job is to help her through hers. Here’s to one year down and a million more to go. I love you Isabella Grace. You keep your momma and me on our toes and we wouldn’t have it any other way!