|Pre-Surgery, Immediately Post-Surgery, and Today|
Today marks one year since Fitz had his first surgery to repair his cleft lip. When he had surgery on September 28, 2011, and they told us it would take a whole year for his lip to fully heal, it sounded like forever to us. I can hardly believe it's been a whole year.
One year since our baby was put to sleep and had tubes put in his ears, was circumcised, and had surgery to repair his cleft lip, which would change the entire appearance of his face. They took him away from us that morning at the hospital, and when they brought him back nearly four hours later, he looked like a different baby. John and I wanted them to put the cleft back. He didn't look like our baby anymore. We had been warned about that, but until you experience it for yourself, there's no preparation for that.
The day after his surgery, when Fitz tried to smile for the first time, his dimples were only tiny pinpoints in his cheeks, and it made me cry because I knew for sure my baby was in there when I saw those dimples trying to peek out.
Our plastic surgeon did an amazing, astounding job on this surgery, and we could not be more happy with the results. Of course, we loved him before the surgery just as much as we do now. His scars are still fading, day by day, and aren't really noticeable anymore, and we feel so blessed to have such a great doctor who performed the surgery.
Nothing makes me happier than to see this sweet boy smiling, and I'm so thankful for how far we've come since that first difficult surgery!