Our beautiful baby girl, Peyton Marie Hall, was born January 26, 2010. It was a cold and gloomy Tuesday, but sunshine had come into our lives at 6:42 that evening. With her ten fingers and ten toes, she changed our world forever. Soon after she was born, they took Peyton to the nursery for her newborn screening. During their assessment, they found she had a cleft of the soft palate. The nurses tried to feed her with a Haberman nipple, and she did not feed well. They took her blood sugar and it was an extremely low 22. They immediately transferred her to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for hypoglycemia. My husband and I did not know there was a problem with Peyton until after her admission. Early the next morning, we met staff members in the NICU that were on Peyton‘s case, our Cleft Palate Team Coordinator, our orthodontist and plastic surgeon. Our team determined that a palatal appliance was best for Peyton. And it was!
November 2010, Peyton, 9 months old at the time, had a palatoplasty which completely closed her cleft. We spent only one night in the hospital. Within a few days, Peyton was back to her lovable self. Before surgery Peyton was eating stage 2 baby food twice a day, having a few bottles (we switched from the Haberman to Dr. Brown’s Y cut nipples around 4 months), and sleeping through the night. After surgery Peyton wouldn’t even stick a spoon in her mouth. So a few bottles turned into a lot of bottles and middle of the night feedings. We then started adding stage 2 foods and cereal to her bottles. Our pediatrician told us to starve her and she would eventually get hungry enough to eat food. Our orthodontist told us she will eat when she was ready. We listened to our orthodontist. Now at 14 months, Peyton eats some stage 2 foods and mashed potatoes off of a spoon. She eats no stage 3, finger foods, or drinks juice. We talked to our speech therapist and she told us to keep offering and one day she will catch on. (If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!!) Peyton is the most unique baby I have ever known. She has the most contagious laugh, the funniest faces, brightest eyes, and beautiful smile I have ever seen. She is friendly and loving with everyone we meet. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me and our family. We learn something new about Peyton everyday. I can not wait to see what we learn tomorrow!
– Jessica and Kenneth Hall If you have any questions or would like to know more about Peyton, please email me Jess9686@aol.com