The Love You Give

Aurora’s Story

I was 18 when I found out I was pregnant and I just graduated high school. I actually just started to go to Delta College. My husband and I wanted a girl so much so at my anatomy scan (23 weeks pregnant) they said I was having my girl! Birth defects never happened in either family so we weren’t worried or concerned about it. I was too young to even think about it. At my follow up appointment my OBGYN came in the room tearing up and choking on her words. I was worried, just sitting there trying to stay calm. She then told me my daughter has bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate. I figured that since she’s crying, I should be so concerned so I started crying. For two weeks I was depressed. I woke up one morning and realized crying wouldn’t help anything. I started researching about her cleft and feedings, and how to care for her. I learned how to feed her before she was even born!

It was hard at first to care for her because I’m a young mother, and I had no idea what I was in for. But at times I even forget she even had a cleft. Her cleft smile was just so normal to me. I remember being so scared of seeing her when she was born. I was scared I wouldn’t like her cleft. But when she was born I fell absolutely in love with her! She’s just so perfect.

On April 16, she had her lip repair surgery and hard palate repair surgery with ear tubes. The first day after surgery was the hardest. She was in so much pain, she cried the whole day. I couldn’t handle it anymore that I started crying. I couldn’t handle her in pain because as a mother (or any parent/guardian) you want to do WHATEVER you can do to stop her pain. She is now 5 months old and is great! She’s just the happiest little baby alive. I’m so glad I have her in my life. She taught me so much in life.

 

Tiffany L.

 

 

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