This is an update from Michael's mom. After opening with 6 babies in September 2005, I took on another 6 in April 2006. There were three babies whom I called the three Amigos. Michael, Gabriel and Sarah, all three cleft lip and palate babies. Michael and Gabriel had to be dropper fed for two weeks because they refused to drink from a bottle. It would take 45 minutes, with them screaming the whole time. That was before I knew about feeding tubes. Sarah would drink, but could throw up faster than a fountain, then you would have to start again. I do not think there was a volunteer that Sarah did not throw up on, and some of us multiple times and often. She was so extremely premature. I think of those days and I feel that the three of them were the hardest cleft babies I have ever had. I am not sure if it was because I did not have enough experience, or if it was because they were indeed so difficult. All I know that we made it through and all of them live in the US and are doing well. So I am so pleased to hear about Michael and the life that was saved and to know all of that hard work was totally worth it.
I wanted to give you an update on Michael, as it has been awhile! Michael started kindergarten in August and loves school. He is doing so well and is very enthusiastic about learning. He is learning to read and is interested in geography and the solar system. He is meeting new friends and is thriving at school.
Michael and his little brother, Andrew, are the best of friends. They love playing together and are great little guys! They look out for each other and are always saying "best friend" to each other. They love playing with cars and trains. Michael is now able to read some stories to his brother, which is great to see.
Michael is doing so well. He is a happy little guy and loves learning and being in grade school. He told me recently he wants to be an astronaut when he is older. I do believe he is destined for a great future!
I have attached some photos of Michael that were taken over the past 2 months. You can see what an awesome big brother he is!
Hope you are all doing well. We loved seeing the starfish children's halloween photos. So cute!
Life, love and laughter,
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