Cleft Lip/Palate Visit

Today was our annual doctor visit with the plastic surgeon who repaired Kylie’s palate more than a year and 1/2 ago.  He was still pleased with her progress.  The little hole he left in her palate for growth reasons is still the same size and we and her speech therapist feel that her speech is progressing fairly well.  She’s about 30-40% intelligible to us and even less so to others.  But that’s a long way from where she was.  We will schedule a visit with him next January and then schedule a nose revision probably in the Spring or early summer of 2015 depending on how quickly she’s growing.  At that time he will take some cartilage from her chest area (I think that’s right) and rebuild her nose from where growth has caused it to collapse.  Once that is done, the next step will be for the orthodontist to do his thing when her permanent teeth begin to come in.  She has all her baby teeth so I’m praying she has all her adult teeth too.  At some point when she is 7 or 8, they will do a bone graft to close that hole and rebuild her gum line. Lord willing those two surgeries will be it unless she opts for another lip/nose revision later.  We are VERY pleased!

Luckily, the bad weather didn’t turn out to be as bad as they were predicting, so we made the appointment.  I was very pleased to have it behind us.  It was bitterly cold though.  Schools are closed tomorrow and that includes Jenna’s school.  Amazingly enough, even Jenna’s school is closed.  But mostly due to the fact they had to cancel their scheduled teacher in-service today and then they found that several classrooms had heaters that weren’t working at all or not working adequately.  When it’s –10 wind-chill, you need those heaters working right!  So they get one more day tomorrow and then they’ll be back at school Wednesday.  Jenna is ready!

OK, so I’m caught up through the month of May.  Summer months are usually crazy busy so I might have to start breaking up these months.

June 1, Steve and I celebrated 17 years of marital bliss (well, most of it was bliss) Smile.  We celebrated our favorite way…a meal at Stoney River.  Jenna watched Kylie for us and boy did we enjoy our couple hours alone.  We LOVE Stoney River.


These are Stoney Pups.  I could make an entire meal of them.  I’m not even joking. 


And this is the heaven that is their Coffee Cured Filet.  Thinking about it right now makes me want one.  It was SO good.  If you ever want to give us a gift, a certificate to Stoney River is a great idea! (because it’s NOT cheap!)  Hear that Stoney River owners and operators? 

A few years ago, Jenna and I went to the strawberry patch for her birthday and she really loved it.  We tried a different patch this time and while it was HOT AS THE BLAZES, we took in a great haul!



We’ve not had a birthday party for our girl in a while…and this year was no different.  We had some friend difficulties and so her actual birthday she spent at home and she opened a few gifts…


Pretty sure Kylie enjoyed that part of it. Smile


Then, later, we had a sweet friend spend the night.  After the friend drama that ensued prior, this gal was a breath of fresh air to have around.   Incidentally, her mom was one of the Nature’s Classroom chaperones in my cabin so you know she comes from “good people”.


The next day, I took the girls swimming.  It was so hot that you couldn’t stay out of the water for long.  We were there just a few hours and then had to come home.


That gets us through most of June.  There’s nothing to say about my birthday.  No pics were taken of course because nothing special happened and I’m always behind the camera!  I’ll finish up June next time!


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