Nora is doing remarkably well, it is so evident that she is a fighter. While not completely back to herself (still swollen a bit and obviously still uncomfortable), we are starting to see glimpses of our Nora. And, we have started to get some lopsided smiles.
We are still, however, mourning the loss of Nora's BIG clefty smile that so beautifully represented her big personality. I know that I've eluded to this before, but I never would have predicted how my heart would ache missing Nora's cleft. This may be hard for others to understand, but we miss her as we fell in love with her, as she was created.
Bittersweet, a word that I perhaps overused to describe so many aspects of our journey with Owen. And, here it is, surfacing again. All of the above said, we are so aware of how this surgery and the incredible work of the surgeon is a life changing gift that will change Nora's future, evoking fewer stares, whispers and the like. I look at Nora's "new" seamless top lip and cannot help but be in awe.
And, it really goes without saying that her "new" little button nose is quite adorable and quite similar to that of her brothers and sister. Another bonus, the extra cuddling and comfort she has been wanting from Jason and I has been the best. We are still figuring out some things (namely in the feeding and sleep areas). And, admittedly, I am grateful for coffee these days (with maybe too much creamer).
Tomorrow morning we head back to Milwaukee for Nora's suture removal on her lip (removed shortly following surgery to minimize scarring). All of the other sutures, inside her lip and mouth, are dissolvable. Praying that this will be Nora's last time under anesthesia for a while!