the dissoluble lip band-aid. i've been waiting for the day when it removes it's crusty food-clad self...
voila!! when she woke up this morning, it was gone!!!
seriously, her skin looks amazing in person! there is no scar, just peachy brand new skin. i can't even see where the stitching was!!!
the nose tubes are another story.
she is handling them better than i am.
they look painful and boogery and i hate them.
but i know the longer they stay in, the better the long term nose result will be.
we are hoping to keep them in for 7 weeks.
we have 5 weeks, 4 days to go.
since they are sewn in, we must be very careful not to let her pull at them. thankfully, thus far, she is terrified to touch her sweet nose. if i had tubes sewn up my nose, i would be too.
i have 7 posts drafted about how much i miss her cleft.
i don't think i'll ever post them.
each one makes me sounds crazier than the next.
it is a strange conundrum to love her new appearance and at the same time desperately wish for one more kiss, day, moment, year with the old.
i'm missing her smile and silly expressions the most.
thankfully, we are seeing her personality shining through again, which helps.
i will always upon always cherish our 5 months with the original. i will always upon always swoon when i see a cleft baby. and if we ever adopt again, i will seek out a creatively lipped child because my eyes have been changed. my soul has been engraved with the beauty of God's creation in something i never found beautiful before.
to know a creatively lipped child is to love them for the rest of your years.
there is something so special and life changing about this girl and the way she has changed my soul.
it's not her cleft...it's who she is.
her spirit. determination. peaceful joy in the face of adversity.
it's who she was created to be and the way God amazingly intertwined our lives and our family.
in fact, i seriously think we are starting to look alike...
take this one for example...one of my favorites of her and i on the morning of her surgery...
makes me want to jump through my computer and kiss her sweet little face off!!!!