May 27, 2015
The blog has been quiet lately because my days have been so full and time is slipping by so quickly. It’s been six and a half weeks since we came home from China and we are all adjusting better day by day. Sawyer has fit into our family so well – it’s been pretty remarkable. It hasn’t been an easy transition – mostly for hubs and I – but Sawyer has handled it wonderfully.
Having four kids is a lot of work! And putting a two year old from a different culture/language/world into our family isn’t a piece of cake. But I feel like we make progress every day in figuring out our new family structure and what our days look like.
He is a precious little guy. Today we had our first consultation with the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, his team of doctors who will be performing his upcoming surgeries. We are so grateful to have this world-renown clinic right in our own backyard to help Sawyer with the surgeries, speech therapy, hearing issues, orthodontic work, and everything that is involved with correcting a cleft lip and palate.
His first surgery will be to repair his lip and that will happen in the next month or so. Around four months later, the surgeon will correct his palate (the inside of his mouth). The lip surgery will be an outpatient procedure, but he will need to spend a night at the hospital for the palate repair. Recovery is generally not too difficult or complicated.
We marvel at how different it will be to see him with a corrected lip. We have gotten used to his wide, gappy smile!
He still loves to be outside and playing with his siblings! We go for lots of walks and do lots of swinging. I’m looking forward to having some pool-time with him and taking him to the beach for the first time! There have been so many firsts for him in the past two months, and he has handled it all with such resiliency. It is amazing.
He charmed everyone at the clinic today and was being a complete ham. Typical Sawyer. I am so proud to be his mama!
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