It looks so minor to me right now, but back in 2009, I wondered how to care for a cleft. I, personally, had oral aversion issues and couldn't stand the thought of looking into anyone's mouth, let alone a cleft affected child's mouth. Despite my issues, we sent our paperwork in to China to adopt this little girl.
Once in China, I found out that Ivy did not have a cleft palate, but rather a cleft in her gum line, which affected her teeth and nose. In December 2010, Ivy had a bone graft to fill in her cleft. Tomorrow morning, she will have her lip and nose revision. We're all excited about her new look!
The surgeon will lift up her left nostril and line up the pinks of her lip from her surgery scar when she was a baby. Pray for peace for Ivy. She knows what is going on. I'm sure there is much anticipation.