Sunday, August 23, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Our flight leaves today for Boston. We will be there for 9 days for Riley's final lip repair. I'm dreading it so badly. I wasn't this anxious with her lip adhesion. I guess because it was a much shorter procedure and we were only gone for 5 days. I know that this has to be done and that it's what's best for Riley, but for some reason it's not making it any easier. The nurse in me is not nervous at all, but the mama in me is! Please join me in praying for safe travel, wisdom and a steady hand for Dr. Mulliken, and a quick and as painless as possible recovery for Riley.

We went to my brother and sister-in-law's house yesterday to celebrate Adam's 25th birthday a few days early. His birthday is Tuesday (Riley's surgery date). It was great to be able to have time with our family and allow them to see Riley's "first face" one last time. My grandparents from Mississippi were here and they hadn't seen Riley since she was 2 weeks old and were amazed with how much she's grown.

Riley and Adam

Riley and my mama, aka Biggie

Riley thought my sister, Brandi, was so funny

Riley and Brandi

Riley and her great-grandparents

Me, Riley, Lilah and Heather

Oh, how I'm going to miss Sawyer! Maybe that has a part in my dread. Nine days without him is going to be tough! He will be thoroughly spoiled in my absence, though. He will spend time with Brock's parent's, my mom and my aunt. My aunt is taking him to the Georgia Aquarium so I know he'll have lots of fun.


Joy Howse said...

You, Riley and the entire family will be in my prayers for her surgery and speedy recovery. It is so hard to rationalize in our mommy head handing our kiddos over for surgery but I had to keep reminding myself that I was doing this FOR him and not TO him. Can't wait to read a positive update. Prayng Sawyer has a great time being spoiled. :)

John, Shannon, Broderick, Camden, and Adalynn said...

Best of luck! I wish your family safe travels and Miss Riley a speedy recovery. Prayers for Dr. Mullekin and his team as he works his wonders on your beautiful little girl's face.

Krissy said...

Good luck with everything -- I'm sure Riley (and you guys!) will do great :o)

Allison said...

We will be thinking of you and praying that all goes well for Riley's surgery. Give sweet Riley and Sawyer big hugs and kisses from Abby and Ella!

Take Care!

The Dawkins said...

Good Luck, I am sure all will go great.

Alecia said...

We will be praying for yall! Riley is beautiful now, but I know that she will be beautiful after the surgery as well. You have such strength, Nola. Good luck!

Kelly Rogers said...

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I am looking forward to hearing a positive post-op update on beautiful Riley! All of us cleft mommies understand your emotions! Hang in there!

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