The Good, The Bad, and The Baby

Cleft Lip Scar
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I Never Saw The Hardest Part Coming

It’s been a long year since Victoria had her lip repair surgery but it looks like we are past the worst of it for now. By ‘the worst of it’ I mean the surgery and the post-op care. Looking back I feel like we were well prepared and focused on the surgery, but only prepared…

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91st to 3rd

This is one of the hardest things for me to talk about. It was the day we went to the IWK Children’s Hospital for Victoria’s cleft lip repair. We went into the hospital as prepared as we thought we could be when our daughter was having her first major surgery. We were so completely unprepared…

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Jen and Victoria one hour old
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Battle for Breastfeeding – Part 2

Last post the Battle for Breastfeeding had begun and I left off where we had been noted to be ‘potentially difficult parents’ who were not ‘following instructions’. Thankfully this caught the attention of the charge nurse, who had a relative with a cleft palate so she came to see how we were doing. The charge…

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Jen and Victoria one hour old
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Battle for Breastfeeding – Part 1

Breastfeeding. Sadly I’ve come to find this one of the most controversial issues out there. If you don’t breastfeed your child you’re a bad mother. If you breastfeed past a certain age you’re weird and warping you child. If you’re feeding in public it’s wrong. If you’re feeding in a washroom it’s wrong. If you…

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NCCAPM

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month 2014

Today is the last day of the National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month. The NCCAPM is an American registered non-profit that promotes awareness for birth defects such as cleft lip/palate, but also for craniofacial injuries that can happen later in life (this is where the ‘Prevention’ comes in). I’m not affiliated with them…

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The Things You Can’t Help But Think

Being pregnant made me a bit of an emotional mess (my husband might say ‘bit’ is not quite a strong enough word…). After we found out about our baby’s club foot and cleft lip I couldn’t help but think it was my fault. I was the baby ‘baker’, I had one job so far and…

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Specialists and The First Few Days

Victoria was born at the IWK in Halifax, NS. She weighed in at 10 lbs 3 oz. she was born with an incomplete bilateral cleft lip with a notch in her gumline but thankfully her palate was fully intact. She also had one club foot and one positional club foot. What did all that mean…

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