Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Preparing for Cleft Palate Surgery and Will's First Birthday!

Happy June everyone! It's been awhile since my last post and I have to say that this last month and a half living tape free has been so wonderful! Will can finally just be a baby and not have to worry about appliances or tape or raw cheeks and I can really see a difference in his personality - he's just happier (and I don't blame him!). I can't believe my little dude is already 8.5 months old. Here are a couple of his 8 month shots because I couldn't pick just one.



Time is going so fast. So fast, in fact, that his palate repair is creeping up on us. It felt so far away for so long, and now all of a sudden we have a date set in stone - September 9 - and we're making our preop appointments with his surgeon and the ENT, so it's becoming real very quickly. Luckily, we get to enjoy the summer before we have to worry about it, so as much as I get anxious thinking about it, I'm going to try to relax and enjoy these next 3 months as much as possible! As we get closer I'll do a post about what the surgery entails, but luckily this one will be much shorter than his lip repair was (about 2.5 hours compared to 8!!).

In more exciting news, we have started thinking about Will's first birthday, which will be here before we know it! We have decided that in lieu of gifts, we are instead asking friends and family to donate to 1 of 2 cleft organizations we have selected to raise funds for in Will's name.

The first organization is Smile Train: support.smiletrain.org/goto/smilesforwill. This is a fantastic organization that provides training and funding to empower local doctors in developing countries to provide free cleft surgeries in their communities. Each $250 raised will provide 1 complete cleft surgery.

The second organization is Cleft Kids, Inc.: http://www.cleftkids.org/store/p34/Will%27s_First_Birthday_Fundraiser%21.html. This is another amazing organization that provides care packages for children undergoing cleft surgery. $20 will provide one care package to a child.


We have an aggressive goal of raising enough funds for 5 cleft surgeries through Smile Train as well as to provide 5 cleft care packages through Cleft Kids. If you would like to donate in Will's name, please check out his fundraising pages using the links above. THANK YOU!!

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