March 20, 2008

Binki Blues....

Since using a pacifier would aggravate Bauer's lip the surgeon asked us not to use it. We figured out a way to use one without having anything touch his mouth, but it was getting difficult. Bauer wasn't really obsessed with the the pacifier, but he loves to have it when he sleeps.
After talking to a good friend of ours (thanks Rebecca!) and reading the research she found we decided that going "cold-turkey" was the best way. The first night Bauer cried for about an hour. Being 2:30 a.m. it felt like 5 hours, but he eventually gave up and went to sleep. We would go in every 5-10 minutes to comfort him and it seemed to help a little bit.
The second night lasted about 30 minutes and by the 3rd night he was back to sleep within about 10 minutes. We worked nap times the same way and he didn't fight it too much at all.
HALLELUJAH!! No more binkis.


We've been given so many wonderful gifts this Christmas. The obvious is a completely successful surgery on our son. But also the most incredible family and friends we could ever hope for, finding the best surgeon possible for Bauer's condition, safe flights, financial blessings, great weather, relationships with new friends from all over the country, everyone remaining healthy - no colds, flus, etc., and most of all knowing that today is the day Christ Jesus was born and without this day none of the above would have been possible.
Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10

Finally Home!!

I was so excited to feel the landing gear touch the ground I could have cried. We loaded up, found our luggage and headed home. Unfortunately it took us 2 hours to get from Tampa to Brandon. Bauer was uncomfortable, hungry, and ready to be home. He just wouldn't stop crying. So we stopped to feed and comfort him for a little while, but it wasn't quite cutting it. After we had covered all possible basis we just headed home. He finally fell asleep.

When we got to the house we took a look at Bauer's lip and knew it needed to be cleaned. BUT HE WAS SLEEPING!!! Well, he must have been in a coma because we got him out of the car, laid him on the bed, took off the steri-strip, cleaned the lip, re-applied another strip, and he never even budged!! Poor guy was exhausted.

When we took off the old strip we realized it was the first time we had seen his lip without any sutures. We both just stood there staring. Unbelievable perfection. It's truly a miracle that within 9 hours Bauer went from having an obvious abnormality to having 2 perfect lips ready to be kissed by mommy and daddy. Although I have to say we will miss kissing those big slobbery lips and that smile that was a mile wide.

We're just so glad to be HOME!!


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