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My new little nephew was born on Thursday... He is so cute but has a cleft lip/palette. Lucky we knew this was coming or it would've been a great shock. They are going to start surgery when he's 3 mos for the lip and 6 mos for the palette. Anyone out there know someone who was born with a cleft lip and what they went through for the surgery? He looks so delicate but it is a little startling to see him, if you don't know he has it.
BTW if you're interested he was 20" long and 6 lbs even... my sister-in-law was "in labor" only about 2 hours, lucky girl :)
 

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Cleft lip is like a piece of skin and part of the palatte missing... so to eat we have to hold him in a sitting position so the milk doesn't come out his nose... He also has under-developed ears but they don't look bad to me...
 

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One of the doctors I work for has a son who was born with a cleft lip and cleft palette. He has undergone two surgeries and I believe has one or two more left. He is almost a year old and looks great, not that he wasn't beautiful to began with. They can do great work with cleft lip and palettes.
Congratulations on your new nephew! :)
 

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Thank you Lori... it definitely makes me feel better to know that the surgeries DO help!
 

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Yeah, it is something very correctable with surgery. It's just tough because I know most parents would like for it to be corrected ASAP to avoid the stares and questions from the less tactful people.
One of my cousins had something wrong with a muscle in her eye (too long or too short, don't remember) which caused one of her eyes to look droopy, her eyelid was always halfway down. Fortunately she was able to get that corrected at around 6 months.
Anyway, congrats on becoming at aunt! (you are female, right?) It's very exciting to watch them grow up! Hehe, we joke that I'm my 5 month old niece's "favorite aunt", because I'm her only aunt.
 

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Karaoke, Congratulations on becoming an aunt. The surgery (or surgeries) for cleft palate are so effective. I'm sorry you have this concern, but I feel certain you'll be pleased with the results when all is over and done with. Bless that little lamb!
 

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Thanks you guys... I feel much better for having heard from you guys (and yes, I'm female) :)

What I find amusing is my eldest nieces perpective on this... (She's 3) She, with her grand knowledge of all things, announces to me the other day that she has a baby brother... and although he's missing part of his lip, he's still cute...

It warmed my heart ::))
 

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This is a picture of Stacy Keach, a well respected actor, who had the surgery when he was young. I have seen him without the moustache, and the scar is barely noticable. I don't know if you have seen him or not, but he had his own "private eye" show. He does Shakespeare, too. As you can see, he looks fine.
 

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Thanks everyone for the replies and baby Randy and his Mom are doing good... My brother is proud as a peacock and the girls are adjusting just fine (although when my other sister-in-law was holding the baby, my oldest nephew got a little jealous to see his mom holding a different baby [he's almost a year old]) :D

Jeanie, I appreciate the pic of Stacy Keach... it does make me feel better :)

Thanks again everyone!
 
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