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#1 of 14 Old 08-16-2003, 09:50 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Aleksander is 1 year old today! We made it through the first year alive and well; through the sleep deprivation, through 3 surgeries in 7 months, through being isolated in a new town, and through finding my footing in motherhood and his footing in life. I think we're all the better for the wear too. He just needs to heed the advice my mother gave him, "Next time you're born, remember all your parts!" lol

I'd better start getting the house together for this party - I think I've gone a bit overboard. oh well. :

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Happy Birthday Aleksander!!!

Happy Birth of a Mom Day to you, Anna!!
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Woo-hoo! Blessings on you and Aleksander and family. He's a real cutie. May his being continue to enrich and bless you. Way to go mama!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALEKSANDER!!!


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You did it...And managed to have some fun along the way, too!!! Way to go family!!!
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Happy Happy Birthday!
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happy birthday aleksander!
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Happy First Birthday Aleksander!
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Happy Birthday!

I'm not familiar with your story. Why did your Ds need surgery?
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Happy Birthing day Annakiss!

I'm glad to see you back here -- I missed you this summer.

Our boys are about the same age (5 days apart, I think), so I always enjoy reading about Alexsander

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Thank you everyone for the warm birthday wishes. We had a great time. There were 30 people here! We did a little ceremony that I transmutated from a Korean 1st birthday ceremony, which went over really well except from the confusion of my aging grandparents and great-aunt who probably thought we were performing some pagan ritual. In fact, it looked more like performance art than anything, with Aleksander dressed in a satin robe and felt hat I made, picking up objects from a table beneathe a canopy of tulle and paper cranes. It was cool. Then of course we moved on to birthday cake (a huge mess) and later, presents (good lord, he made out). He cut his first tooth on his birthday, which I nearly cried over, and then yesterday he stood & took a step, which the whole family applauded over. He's getting so big soo quickly.

1boy1girl, Aleksander was born with a severe cleft lip & palate, which prevented him from being able to breastfeed (though I've pumped for a year now & am finally weaning), and is going to require many surgeries to correct. He had his first surgery at 12 weeks, his 2nd at 6 months & his 3rd at 10 months. The first was to close his lip, half of his soft palate (including joining his split uvula), create a gum where some was missing, and to insert ear tubes. The second surgery joined the rest of his soft palate, half of his hard palate and included a secondary lip repair. The third surgery finished closing his hard palate, so that Cheerios don't continue shooting out his nose. Aside from possibly needing ear tubes, Alex gets this next year off from surgery. If you click the link from his name in my signature, you can see just a few photos of him from birth through July. The change is dramatic.

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Anna!

That's really amazing how they fixed his palate. It is a reminder to me that medical technology does have it's place in this world.

Way to go for pumping for a year... I pumped part time when I worked when dd was a baby and I know it's lots of work.

Aleksander has beautiful blue smiling eyes, especially in the second picture.
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