2 months ago:
Since we have been home, Craig and I have rotated weeks off so that one of us is always with Mia. We plan to do this until Christmas. Riley is in 1st grade and Wyatt stays home with us. Wyatt and Mia have become big buddies. They love to play together, however sometimes Mia lets him know that she is in charge :)
Mia had her cleft palate repair on Wednesday and it was a tough surgery. When we went to see her in the recovery room tears trickled down my face. I hated seeing her in so much pain and to be honest all of the blood from her mouth, nose and ears kind of made me sick. Even though it was sad to see her go through this in a way I am so thankful for it. Without her cleft palate we would not have Mia right now. Her cleft lip/palate was the reason she was abandoned so I am thankful that we were able to have the palate repaired. We are so blessed to live in a place with a great children's hospital with one of the best plate repair doctors around. When Mia came out of surgery, Dr. Sargent told us that she would need to have her lip repaired again. The lip was repaired in China however the way they repaired it did not allow for growth of the mouth so we will go in a couple of weeks for her check up and to talk about the lip repair :(
So far we are on day 3 of recovery and it is getting easier but still hard to please her at times. She gets so sad and nothing makes her happy. I am sure she is starving. So far she can only have clear liquids and milk out of a little bottle that has a soft tube for her to drink from. Not exactly how she is used to eating. We have been taking turns eating in another room from her but last night she reached up for me and when I picked her up she saw a banana- her favorite! I felt so bad for her that she couldn't have it. She is not sleeping well because she has to sleep in a carseat. This is a girl who loves her bed and doesn't even want us to rock her. She lunges for her bed every night so the carseat is not really her favorite place to sleep.
I have a few pictures to share from the past couple of months. Thank you for sharing in our journey!