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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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.
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.