Thursday, July 12, 2012

5 days and counting…

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.


For 7 to 10 days immediately following surgery, Grace is going to have to wear special arm restraints called Pedi-wraps.  The wraps are made to prevent babies from putting hands, fingers, or objects into the mouth following surgery.  We are allowed to take the restraints off for short periods of time throughout the day as long as we are closely watching Gracie, but she will basically have to wear them 24/7.  I can only imagine how hard it’s going to be for her to go 10 days without bending her elbows or sucking her thumb.  My poor baby. :(


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.

10 comments:

  1. You will look back on this one day and it will be ancient history...worrying and crying is natural...I personally would be a mess. Hang in there. Looking forward to hearing how things go (GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!!!).

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    1. It's funny that you say that because I was thinking the same thing as we left our most recent appointment. Up to this point, Gracie's lip has been such a big part of our parenting experience and after this surgery it will no longer be the focus of her doc appointments, our conversations, etc. It will definitely be an adjustment – one that we have been looking forward to!
      Thanks D&B for the well wishes!

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  2. Good luck, little Gracie! I'm sure everything will work out just perfectly

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    1. Thank you Kirsten! We are holding on to every positive thought out there. She is a strong little gal and I really believe that she is going to do great. :)

      I just wish it were next Thursday already!

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  3. What's weird is...I've fallen in love with her cleft smile....and now it will change :(
    She's going to do so fantastic.
    Sending ALL of the best and most relaxing vibes your way come Wednesday.
    but I'm sending all of the calm and peaceful vibes to Gracie following surgery. Those arm restraints are going to PISS HER OFF. Poor little thing.

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  4. I think that's what we are having the hardest time with. How can you not love that little face of hers?! Thanks for sending us the positive vibes AND more importantly for sending peaceful vibes baby's way. LORD knows she is going to need them.

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  5. Gracie is such a beautiful girl and will prove to you how strong and resilient she can be!! No matter how necessary the surgery may be, it would still cause my heart to pause. So I think you are all doing amazing! You have a wonderful support system in your family, that's invaluable. I can't wait to read the post that all went well and look forward to the next photo with that gorgeous smile of hers!! (No surgery can change how that smile shines!)

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  6. Thank you, that's what we're praying for. I can't wait to post about how great she did and as much as I'm going to miss the smile we have loved since she was born, I can't wait to see the new little smile that we'll love just as much. :)

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  7. Poor Gracie and moms!! Those arm restraints are gonna be a pisser for sure! But here's hoping that the week flies by and things can go back to normal as soon as possible! She's gonna do great! And so are you guys. :)

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  8. Thank you, Stacy! We are going to take the pedi-wraps off as much as we can because while Gracie is a sweetheart --- when she gets upset, take cover. Hopefully the breaks from the restraints will help!

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