Until Gracie’s cleft lip surgery! I honestly can’t believe that it’s almost here. I remember the first time we met with Dr. C and he told us that the operation would take place when Gracie was 4 ½ months old. G and I both thought that seemed so far away – yet here it is. We had our final pre-op appointment this past week in which we met with our nurse to run through the “G Day” play by play. She reviewed what we will need to do to prepare to bring Gracie home as well as all the meds that we will need to pre-fill this weekend. Me being the chronic “over preparer” that I am, I’ve already gone out and purchased several jugs of Pedialyte (the only thing Gracie can drink pre/post operation), I’ve purchased back-up formula, we’ve done non-stop laundry, our wonderful cleaning lady is coming on Friday to completely disinfect the house and things at work are squared away. The only thing we really have left to do is pack our hospital bag.
We report to the hospital at the crack of dawn Wednesday morning, followed by a stop at In-patient Registration and then we’re off to the surgical waiting area. Our parents are going to be with us and my cousin Nick (who is like a brother) will be there bright and early as well. He adores Gracie and insisted on bringing us breakfast. It was so nice of him to offer but I doubt either of us will be in the mood to eat… The operation will take 2-3 hours and following a short wait we’ll be able to go in and see baby girl. We have been warned that her face will be very swollen; she will be in pain and may be a little shaky. I’m trying not to think about this too much because when I do it makes my cry. Dr. C said that we should plan to spend at least one night at the hospital in a family room but that we will likely be able to take Grace home the following day.
Aside from being nervous for the operation and Gracie’s recovery, I think the things we are most worried about is adequately feeding baby girl post-op and the Pedi-wraps she is going to have to wear.
We will likely feed Grace with a special Zip-n-Squeeze bottle for 7-10 days following the operation. She isn’t allowed to suck, use a pacifier, nipple or regular bottle for the 10 day period. Once she is cleared by Dr. C, we can resume normal feeding. We were given both a Zip-n-Squeeze bottle as well as a syringe for feeding. We’ll have to wait and see how her swelling is before we really know which method of feeding is best.
Just as we did back in December when we found out about Gracie’s cleft lip, we have allowed ourselves time to worry and cry but we have kept both of these emotions in check. This is our reality and we know that Gracie is going to do just fine. We are so blessed to have a healthy and happy baby and she couldn’t be in better shape, pre-op, than she is right now. We thank God for that. The next 2 weeks will be hard but with our support system and your prayers, we will get through it.