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When I found out that I was pregnant with my 2nd son. We were so thrilled because I was told that due to my health conditions called Lupus and Seizures it would be hard for me to carry to full term…. So the minute my husband and I found out that I was pregnant we prayed everyday and night for me to carry to full term and keep this child. When I was just 4 months pregnant I had a bad seizure and my blood pressure was extremly high it put me in the hospital for about 2 weeks. During those 2 weeks they ran many test on me and one of those test came back positive for me having a down syndrom baby… so thats when they decided to try to do a 3D ultrasound to see the baby better and understand more about what was going on and so at 4 months pregnant that’s when we found out that he had a unilateral cleft lip and palate…. from the moment, I didn’t know what to think… I just kept saying to myself over and over my baby has a cleft and all I knew is I would have a baby that needed special attention and I didn’t think I was ready for that cause my oldest son has seizures…. from that moment thats when they transfered me to a OB specialist that deals with just cleft palate babies and moms…. From there my health started to go down hill and I was always in and out of the hospital having many health problems… and all we could do as a family was pray that I would carry to full term…

Jacob Lee

Then I finally told myself that I have to prepare myself for what was about to come. So I started reading up on cleft lip and cleft palate’s, and the more I ready up on it the more I didn’t want to take on this responsibility…. but I was going to love him no matter what cause he was my son…. So on November 11, 2010 at 4am I went into early labor, my due date was not until dec 10th. So they tried to stop the labor but was not able to do so. So my labor went on until the next day, I finally had him on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:45pm… when he was born he did not cry and that moment seemed like the longest moment of my life just laying there waiting to hear him cry… then about 5 minutes we all finally heard him cry and that was just music to my ears. They they laid him on my chest and I was just laid there now really knowing what to think about the whole cleft lip and palate… it was going to take some getting use to… then they took him to the NICU for further testing cause he was not doing well on his breathing. So they moved to me recovery and me and my husband and my family just sat there until they brought my son into the room. I was so happy to see and hold him. thats when they showed me how to feed him and was very helpful on everything I needed to know about his condition. At first he would only eat very little and then stop… he would get tired and go to sleep… So for the nest 4 days we were busy trying to get him to eat more than he was eating cause he was losing weight instead of gaining…. But I kept trying and trying over and over again I did not give up… thats when I realized that this was not going to be easy and that he depened on me to feed him and just have paticence with him and to be on his time, Then after holding him and getting to know more about him I was able to get him to start eating more.. it was all about him and eating when he wanted to… So after a week of being in the hospital we were able to go home. Then that’s when the real work began….

Jacob Lee

Having a baby born with a cleft lip and palate has taught me alot, and the only thing about a healthy baby and a baby born with a cleft was that they needed more attention. They are the most loving babies ever… and still are so cute…. So just because he have a baby that is born with a cleft doesn’t mean that the world is coming to an end it just simple means that you will have a beautiful baby that needs special boning time and alot of love :) Having a cleft baby has taught me alot and I just have loved being a mom to a baby born with a cleft… they are fun babies to be around….. My son Jacob Lee Clinton is my Pride and joy and I am truly blessed to have him in our lives.

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