Because I am too busy to write more, I am posting photos now and will add more info as I have time. I have to watch Hope like a hawk so it's been really difficult for me to do anything else. Everything is fabulous.
Here is Hope doing yoga after church a few days before her surgery. She's trying to focus on the surgery and calm herself!
The smile that we have come to love and hate to say goodbye to!!
Here is Hope doing some yoga at the Pettingell's home a few days before surgery. This kid is so funny!!! And no we do not entice her into these poses. She totally assumes them herself!
Hope and Lily and me sharin some love at Hope's pre-op appointment with her Pediatrician to see if she's healthy enough for surgery.
Hope getting in some yoga on the table waiting for the pediatrician.
On the road to Dallas playing with her strings from Alissa.
Hope's precious big wide smile!!!! It will be missed!!!!!!
Waiting for our official pre-op appointment with Dr. Barcelo at the International Craniofacial Institute in Dallas.
Hope getting her ears checked by Dr. Chung in Dallas who determined she needed tubes (most cleft babies do) so he put them in the first ten minutes of the surgery the next day. He said Hope reminded him of his daughter! And he gave us four free bottles of ear drops which the desk lady told us later that they are "very expensive."
The night before her surgery Hope said, "Mom and Dad, I really like my face and I'm not so sure about this surgery!"
Having her last bottle for a while all while snuggly in bed before she goes to her crib. Lily, Daniel and Phoebe were swimming while this was going on.
Waking up surgery morning with a precious smile!
Hope is saying goodbye to her precious face the morning of surgery about to go!
Hope going into surgery. One last moment of yoga to relax!
Chewing on her little coyote the hospital gave her. Lily wanted it really bad!
Waiting Room! Daniel's sister Hayley and my sister Christina.
First photos taken after surgery. Yes, bloody and crusty but we were instructed NOT to pick or wipe at all this and just squirt it a lot! Her face is puffy. We are so grateful to Dr. Barcelo!
Hope's new profile. She used to be completely flat faced! Dr. Barcelo is amazing!
Hope had to wear these velcro arm wraps called No Nos to keep her from putting her hands or toys in her mouth. This has been the most frustrating thing of all.
Hospital visitor and dinner bringer, Amy Abadia!
In the car going home from the hospital after one night's stay!
Meanwhile, my sister Christina took Lily and Phoebe back to her house for two nights. Lily and Phoebe went to school with cousin Jake Friday where they celebrated China with a craft and show and tell. Lily was the show and Phoebe helped with the telling!
Back at the hotel after being discharged from hospital. Hope had to start getting back into shape after the surgery!
We love this face! She knows we love it too. She is getting used to the way it looks in the mirror and definitely knows its different!
Swelling going down. I'm amazed at how fabulous the face and nose looks, but grieving her old look!
Home, swelling continuing to go down.
Happy baby with a new face!
Making new faces with her new face!
changing everyday MORE LOVELY!
four days after surgery.