Normal?

As I’ve returned to life and my daily routine, I’ve retold your recovery story countless times.  And invariably, it always ends with something along the lines of “so, was this the last surgery?”  And I reply, depending on how much I want that individual to pity us, with an answer that ranges between, “until she is school aged” or with a long description of the potential surgeries you might have to undergo.  Regardless of whether we have that extra surgery when you are 3 or 4 to either extend your palate, should you have speech problems (happens about 20% of the time) or a revision to make your lip or nose look more “normal” before you start elementary school, we should be surgery free for at least 3 years.

What are we going to do with all of that time (besides follow up doctor’s appointments, physical therapy and speech therapy)?  Enjoy our family.  That’s what I want to do.

Our second year with you will be so entirely different than our first.  It’s astonishing some days to look back on it, to realize you were in the hospital over 25 nights, had 3 surgeries, and somehow life carried on.  Work continued – I just finished up an annual progress report, to prove that fact.  You and your brother grew – I’ve started working on your 1st year baby photo album, and as expected you have grown and look much older now, but your brother does too.  I’m looking forward to our experiences maturing and becoming a distant part of the past.

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