Well the day is here, the day that we have been anticipated since about 20 weeks gestation. It’s surgery day.
People have been asking me for weeks now, “Are you excited?” and I think if I’m honest with myself, I have avoided answering because I’m not really sure that “excited” is the word that I would use to describe my emotions about this lip repair. I would definitely say that being anxious and nervous would be at the top of my list of emotions but excited hasn’t really been the word that I would use to describe it.
I understand what they are asking, they aren’t asking “are you excited for your child to have surgery?” I think more so they are asking “Are you excited to get his lip fixed?” But as weird as it is, I don’t think I’m that excited about it. I have grown to absolutely love his lip and the smile that comes with it. Other cleft mommas told me early on, especially before he was born that I would fall in love with it and it’s true, I have. So as excited as I am that this surgery will help him live a more normal life, a life where people don’t automatically see his lip when they look at him, I’m also very sad.
As you’re getting ready for your this morning, I ask that you say a prayer for Henry. Pray for the surgeon, Dr. Williams, and all the nurses and staff that we encounter today. Pray for recovery, that Henry will eat and sleep like normal, that he will come out of anesthesia with no issues. Pray for John and I as we watch them take our baby to the OR. Pray for John (he doesn’t do well with needles and blood) 😕
We haven’t gotten an official word about how long surgery will be but we are estimating between 2-3 hours.
I will try and give short updates through the day and over the next couple of days as I know many people are praying for him. Make sure you subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any updates.
-Thank you for your continued prayers,