Welcome to my new blog! I decided to start this blog after learning that our third child will be born with a cleft lip and possibly a cleft palate. His cleft was discovered on Valentine's Day during our routine 20 week anatomy scan.
I wanted to blog our experience firstly for me - writing is very therapeutic for me. Secondly, I wanted to put our experience out there for others to find and read. I was so lost after our son's diagnosis and sometimes still am (I am by no means an expert here) but I want to help others understand what this could mean for their family should they encounter a cleft at some point.
Our son's cleft is considered a random occurrence meaning he is/was not genetically pre-disposed to a cleft. After 3 ultrasounds, we know his cleft lip extends up to and possibly into his nose. Our specialist thinks his palate is intact though it is common to be told this during pregnancy and for the baby to be born with a cleft palate as well. So, for now, we're just playing the waiting game. Waiting for more ultrasounds, waiting for more meetings with specialists and surgeons and, most importantly, waiting for the birth of our sweet new little boy - we are so excited to meet him!!