As a cleft mommy, I had to have a whole different sense of patience with Emma which came very easily for me. When a cleft baby is born, most mommies blame themselves and I for one did alot of blaming even after I learned I did nothing wrong. As a mommy, it’s hard not to.
We learn how to feed our babies with special bottles in special positions and constantly worry if they’re gaining weight.
Some of our babies need taping/NAM’s to prepare them for surgery then we go through pre – op, surgery, waiting room, post – op and recovery. At this point, we become nurses too!
Our babies go through many evaluations and therapies. At this point, we become their guidance counselors, teachers, and therapists.
Our babies get older and wonder about their scars and speech.
A Cleft Mommy has an amazingly hard emotional, physical and mental job but I’d do it over and over and over again because the love I have for Emma is unconditional and the greatest gift in the world!