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Ryan was born on
February 9, 2000. To our surprise he was born with an incomplete
unilateral cleft lip, alveolar ridge and soft palate. He is a blessing in our
lives and we love him dearly. He had his lip repair surgery on May 11, 2000 and
ear tubes were also put in at that time. Enjoy our sweetie!
Welcome Ryan! Born February 9,
Just home from the hospital -
only a few days old. Gotta love those cheeks.
(Right) 2 months old. What a
Ryan was able to breastfeed. His
hard palate is intact and so he could latch on successfully - we were so
thankful. Feeding problems were really never
an issue with our little one. He also took a normal bottle of pumped breastmilk - with a regular Nuk nipple.
old - This little guy LOVES to pose!
May 11, 2000 - 3 months old.
Just out of lip repair surgery. Wow, we were amazed despite how
"beat-up" he looked!
The Logan's Bow (the metal bar
taped to his cheeks) was put there to prevent him from rubbing his face into the
blanket, etc. The tape would come off multiple times during the day - and we
Ryan was able to eat a few hours
after surgery - we fed him a bottle (a normal bottle with the Nuk nipple) and we
breastfed him - just lifted up the Logan's Bow. He was mostly sleepy for the
first 24 hours.
Lip Repair: Daddy takes a minute to rock Ryan,
trying to manage all his tubes.
Lip Repair: Ready to go
home...can't wait to get out of this place!
Ryan had a nasal stint placed
in his nose to keep his airway open and to help the wound heal properly. This
was stitched to the side of each nostril and removed 10 days after surgery. All
of Ryan's stitches were dissolvable (so no removal), and they were there for
four to five weeks before they completely dissolved.
Days after lip repair. Finally
home and cleaned up - looking great!
Sister gets a chance to hold her
brother and Ryan holds his chicken (special present from the hospital!).
One week post-op. Mommy giving me
a break from those yucky arm restraints.
The arm restraints and Logan's Bow stayed on for three weeks. He sure missed
chewing on his hands!!
Three weeks post-op. Feeling
back to my old self -- playing, slobbering...Gotta love life!
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