September 26, 2007

Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor!

Today we went to Brandon and met Bauer's Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialist. She is wonderful and has experience in cleft lip/palate. She said he looked great and would monitor him after his surgery. If you are in that area they have a very nice facility and it is extremely easy to get to.

September 25, 2007


We have been dying to talk to more families who have gone through the surgeries to get any advice we can. On Sunday night we got a call from a family in Boston. They used Dr. Mulliken, our doctor, and had nothing but wonderful things to say about him, his nurse, and the surgery.

Their little girl, Ivy, had an almost identical cleft to Bauer's. We couldn't believe the results afterwards. You can barely tell the cleft was ever there. She is beautiful!

The mom, Karin, said Ivy healed so quickly afterwards. She was feeding on the Haberman within 2 days. YEAH! So encouraging!!!!!

Karin gave us some details about right after the surgery that I'm sure we'll be glad we knew beforehand. Some of the things she said will look scary, but are normal and will heal well. It gave us a great idea of what to expect afterwards. We will be in contact with them throughout the surgeries and hopefully longer. They are a wonderful family. I think we may get to meet them when we go up in December.

September 19, 2007


Yesterday Bauer got his first set of shots!! He screamed like crazy, but was very tough. It totally breaks your heart when you hear them crying from pain. He did great the first day, but I think today he was kind of sore and tired. He was a little more fussy than usual.

By the way, he weighs 13 1/2 lbs!!!!! AWESOME!!

September 14, 2007

Today Bauer met with the Early Steps Services team - ( They are an early intervention system that offers services to infants and toddlers with significant delays or a condition that places them at risk of developmental delay. For us it is probably going to deal more with his speech than anything else. They try to help each child prepare for a successful experience when entering school.

After evaluating him the team said he was doing great so far and wouldn't need any services at this time. GREAT NEWS!!! Lord willing we won't need much intervention at all, but we are very very glad the option is there.

If you are not from the state of Florida you really should look into any intervention teams in your area. Ours works great with insurance. From what I understand they will cover whatever services your child needs that your insurance, medicaid, etc. won't cover. Such a blessing!!

I must say Bauer was being a little flirt with all of the ladies this morning. He has become quite the little "ladies man"!!

September 8, 2007


Bauer discovered his hands!!! He hasn't quite figured out what they do so he just chews on them. Makes sense to me!! :)

September 6, 2007


Well, it seems Bauer is going through a growth spurt. We figured this out quickly after last night's feeding. Right now he's anywhere between 4-5 oz. every 3 hours. Last night at about 8:00 he ate 11 oz of formula/breastmilk. He just kept eating and eating and eating. I'm pretty sure that if I would have put a piece of beef jerky in front of him he would have swallowed it whole! :)

It's actually very exciting for us. It just shows how incredibly well he is eating. We are so thankful. It will be fun to see how much he has gained at his appointment in a couple of weeks.


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