My son, Quenton, was born with a minor cleft lip on the left side. Fortunately no palate. I've always thought his Elvis Lip was the cutest thing. The lip itself was split, but not all the way up to the nose, even though it looked split... here's the best picture I have explaining it:

His surgery was December 6th. This was on our way to the doctors...

In the waiting room waiting for the surgeon:


After surgery in Recovery Room on Grandma's lap:

Swollen baby: Momma trying to make it all better:

The vey next morning and he's already playing:

Two days after surgery:

Three days after surgery:

Four days after surgery:

Five days after surgery:

I know he's got a long way to go before all the skin glue is gone and everythings PERFECT but it's getting there. And I'm so proud of him, he's so strong. He stopped wearing the arm restraints the day he came home and he's only taken the hardcore pain medicine before bed, other than that, tyenol seems to do the trick.

I cried for a good week or so dreading the surgery, but I knew it was best. For one, I know it could effect his speech if not taken care of and two - kids are SO cruel now-a-days. Like, it's ridiculous. I hope I raise a sweet and kind boy. I want him to be like his mommy when he grows up. I was the girl who left her friends at lunch to sit with the new kid sitting alone. I only hope I raise him 1/2 as good as my mother raised me... I love you mom [[http://www.cafemom.com/home/itskandi]] and I love you Quenton Isaac.

12 Days After Surgery:

 

FOUR MONTHS & 9 DAYS LATER:
 

 

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Nickeld
Dec. 11, 2007 at 2:14 PM Wow it is healing so fast and nice!  Glad everything went well

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Cathe...
Dec. 11, 2007 at 2:27 PM He looks great! I couldn't imagine going through that...but I definitely think you did the right thing.  He won't even remember this anything when he's older.

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onlym...
Dec. 11, 2007 at 2:55 PM You have a very handsome baby! I couldn't imagine going through that.

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Kayle...
Dec. 11, 2007 at 3:05 PM that must have been very hard for you. he's looking fantastic though - and he seems like a really happy kid. I hope he's back to his old self!

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mommy...
Dec. 11, 2007 at 3:29 PM It looks amazing. I love how advance medicine is now. He's too cute!

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cathyjo
Dec. 11, 2007 at 3:41 PM

It looks amazing!  He is such a trooper and can you say~watch out girls!!!

I am certain that he will grow up and be everything you want him to be and more because you are a great MOM!!

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Broke...
Dec. 11, 2007 at 4:12 PM

yay quenton!!
I Love You To.
Your Such A Strong Boy!!
:)

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Green...
Dec. 11, 2007 at 5:31 PM That is just so awesome!!!  He's so handsome!!! I'm happy it all went well, and he looks GREAT!!

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erinm...
Dec. 11, 2007 at 8:18 PM

I agree, he was perfect before, but they did an AMAZING job!!! you'll probably never be able to tell he had a cleft lip. What a strong boy he is. I would've been hysterical (STILL!). Impressive!!

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Angie...
Dec. 11, 2007 at 9:22 PM oh Hon they did a awesome job on him. I am so glad it is done. Did they say if they will be more or is that  it. I know here son since I fianlly got ahold of our daughter surgen for her lip. She  will be getting surgery again. Probally after christmas. I just can't belive it is going to be our daughter 5th surgery. Oh well has to be done.  Any way he looks really good. Yeah it is funny how you miss there face after they get the surgery done.

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