November 21, 2007

A New Friend

When we first found out about Bauer's cleft we thought, "Wow, we feel like we're the only ones." It's amazing how many people in our community have dealt with this. One day in church a sweet lady, Helen Coleman, a retired missionary, shared her story of being born with a cleft. She dealt with surgeries and doctors years ago. As I looked at her I wouldn't have even guessed she had a cleft lip. You could barely see any scarring. She didn't have her's repaired until she was 6 years old!! We're very thankful for how far the medical field has come and how open others have been about their personal experience. Thanks Ellen!


A friend of ours, Michael Sparks, makes and sells jewelry as part of his income. Two weeks ago Michael had a booth at our Annual Art Festival downtown. He offered to donate all proceeds to Bauer. He made $350.00. AWESOME!! We are so thankful for the time you took to make the jewelry and the heart you have to offer such a great gift. THANK YOU!

Check out Michael's stuff:


I meant to put this in a lot earlier. When we first started using a pacifier with Bauer, he couldn't keep it in his mouth to safe his life because he can't really suck enough to keep still. We usually had to prop something up beside his face or stand there holding it in place. And even then somehow he would find a way to spit it out.
One day I accidently bought a 6+ month pacifier. God knew what we needed. I noticed he was able to control it a little better. When I put the old beside the new there was a huge difference in size. The only thing I can think is that the thickness of the new one is easier to hold between his gums. Or maybe it's easier to hold with his tongue. Either way I thought I might share that. I know the "binki" has been great for us. I am a little afraid of what will happen after the surgery. He can't have it because it touches his lips. I'm hoping after 2-3 days in the hospital he forgets about it. If anyone reading has any suggestions please leave a comment. Thanks.

Here is a good site on pacifiers - MAM PACIFIER


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