Welcome Aubrey!

Our newest great-niece Aubrey was born on May 13th.  She was born five weeks premature, she weighed a little over five pounds.  She isn’t home yet, she is spending some extra time in the NICU learning how to eat better and gain a little more weight before coming home to her twin brothers who are almost four.
Do you have a birthmark? I know I do, it is a small part of who I am.
The human body is a miracle! During the first six to eight weeks of pregnancy, tissues of the upper lip and palate usually join.  If they fail to join… a gap appears, one out of 700 babies are born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate.
Aubrey is one of these babies…What do we say?  Congratulations of course!  We have all been looking forward to meeting this little girl for many months.  Every birth deserves a congratulations…. be compassionate, be kind, be thoughtful, be encouraging…"It will be OK"
Yes, she will require many surgeries and a team of specialists to repair her lip and mouth.  In the meantime we welcome her into our family with open arms.
If you don’t know what to say to the parents of a beautiful child with a not so perfect lip.  I will quote a classic line from the movie Bambi…
Mrs. Rabbit… "Thumper..what did your father tell you this morning?"
Thumper… (Clears throat)..If you can’t say something nice…don’t say nothing at all" :)

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2 Responses to Welcome Aubrey!

  1. Abra La Mente says:

    Congratulations on your new great niece! The best of luck to Aubrey and her family as they work through the challenges of surgeries and the road to bringing her home.

    My thought is all babies are precious and beautiful. I’ve had this discussion with a few people when I hear someone say something to the tune of “that baby is not very cute.” I’ve heard some make remarks about homely or ugly babies. WHAAAT? I say I’ve never met an “ugly” baby. In my eyes, all babies are beuatiful. Those with “special features” are even more so! A baby evokes the feeling of all the possibilities of a bright future and every one of them is so special. I am a softie when it comes to these most precious gifts, and I’ve yet to meet a baby I wouldn’t take home with me if the parents would let me. ;-)

  2. Avatar of homd homd says:

    My niece was born with one of the worst cleft lip and palates the doctor had ever seen. But guess what – they fixed it and she’s a successful young woman with a bright future! Congratulations on the addition to your family!