(The text and photographs on this page are fully copyrighted and may not be either linked or printed for distribution without the express written permission of the Wide Smiles administrative staff.)

Nathan

Nathan was born in the year 2000 with a bilateral cleft lip and premaxilla (palate was intact). Nathan's pictures are presented to you by his parents.

Three generations - Poppy, Daddy and our darling Nathan (at approx. 3 weeks old). Nathan was born with a bilateral cleft lip and premaxilla. His palate was intact making us fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed. We had to work on positioning and until his lip repair, it was necessary to hold my breast with one hand and cradle his head with the other to have effective latch-on.

Nathan yawning. Almost 2 months old.

My beautiful boy - keeping himself occupied as I clean up. Approximately 2 months old.

Nathan and mommy! I loved those cheek-to-cheek hugs!

Daddy gets Nathan dressed in his teeny hospital gown just prior to his lip surgery. Daddy couldn't believe that even baby gowns let the butt peek through! The surgery was done on Nathan's 3 month "birthday". The hardest thing to do was to see the doctor take him away and through those doors. We were so scared, but trusted in prayer and the support of Nathan's grandparents, who were there with us to weather the waiting.

After what seemed an eternity, our baby was returned to us. When we were able to gown up and go into the recovery room, he was swollen from IV fluid retention, and had an oxygen mask misting over his face. As a parent you feel like you want to rip off all the tubes and apparatus and pick your baby up in your arms to hold him as close as you can for as long as you can. But you wait and you watch, so that you are there by his side as he wakes up, so that he sees your loving face and feels your loving touch caress him in this strange place. This photo is some hours after the surgery, after we returned to his room and he had a chance to wake up.

For the first day after surgery, Nathan was not very interested in eating. This picture shows some of the surroundings of our hospital experience. Until the IV was removed, the tubes, etc. caused difficulty in breast feeding. But we were amazed at Nathan's resilience, in that he tried breast feeding within 24 hours after surgery. The Logan's Bow made things a bit awkward at first, until we got it positioned right. Over the next couple of days, we used the syringe to feed most of the time, until Nathan progressively demanded more breast feeding sessions. The hospital staff showed us how to clean Nathan's surgery site and apply the ointment, and then we were released to fend for ourselves. :)

Nathan, page 2

Gallery Index | Wide Smiles Main Page