Monday, April 29, 2013

12wks old...and FINALLY consult day has arrived!


It seems like forever ago that we made this consult appointment...and now- finally it has arrived!   The vets at UPenn are amazing to work with.  They are in agreement with us that my ONLY concern is correcting what needs to be done for his health....cosmetic isn't an issue for me.

Lentil's surgery is tentatively scheduled for May 28th!!!  They explained that he will probably spend the night after surgery, but they are very hopeful that everything will run smoothly.  It's so nice to have such confident doctors on your side!   Now my only question is if they will let ME also spend the night :) Bean and I have never been apart....and I'm surely not above sleeping in a kennel to be with him! 

We've had such an eventful last 2 days!- Sunday started  by Lentil and I joining a group of children at Salon L'Etoile in Jenkintown.  CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) brought these children and their families together to let them have a day of beauty which was donated by the salon.  It was absolutely incredible- the kids were all so amazing!  I have never been in a place and surrounded by so much strength!  Bean had a blast, and I think the children really enjoyed him....they can relate to him and the road he has ahead better than any of us!  They were so sweet- the kids were helping ME!  Talking about their surgeries and experiences, and letting me know that we will be just fine! 

It's because of these children that I was able to calmly listen to the doctor today and not worry so much!  They gave us/continue to give us the strength to get through this!  Lentil even was offered some dry kibble!  He's a bit confused by it, but he was able to swallow some pieces safely!  So now a new adventure.... offering more and more each day and hopefully rotating between tube/kibble.  This is another huge milestone, and I'm so excited!  I promise to keep everyone posted on the progress!  I'm happy to say that the perfect size kibble turned out to be Orijen Red Meat!  So thank you, Champion Pet foods, for making a kibble that my baby can tolerate! 

Thank you again for all of the support!  We are all in this adventure together!  Now full speed ahead to Lentil Fest!!!  xoxo

36 comments:

  1. Congratulations little bean! Best wishes on your new adventures ahead. Being able to eat solid food is a major milestone, a sign of even better things to come. :-)

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  2. This is so marvelous, thanks for keeping us up to date and all the strength on earth to Lentil and Mom as the next few weeks and months unfold!

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  3. Wow,, such milestones for your precious baby. Can't help but tearing up thinking about all this Lil Bean has been through, all the joy he has brought to all of us Beaner lovers and all the love he has given to you his Mom. Lots of hugs, kisses and prayers for you both. Kind of odd, the day the Baby Bean has his surgery is the day my Son goes to get the date set for his colostomy reversal. God will be smiling on us all that day. Love you all.

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  4. I read the whole thing with a HUGE smile on my face and in my heart, Bless lil Bean, your family and the amazing medical staff looking after him.

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  5. What wonderful writing about Little Lentil and love reading between the lines, and I am so touched. Thank you for sharing Lentis life with us! :)

    hugs/Tess

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  6. Thanks for taking time to keep your circle in the loop. That's great news! Especially the kibble!

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  7. I am so excited for you both. I love the posts and especially have a lot of respect for you and Lentil. Thank you for being you!

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  8. What fantastic news for you and especially little Lentil Bean!!! Yay! I am riveted to my computer for any new updates about this little guy! He is the cutest thing ever and I love all the photos and videos! I hope you mean to keep him because I can't imagine anyone being a better mom to him than you have been for all this time! :-)

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  9. Oh yes! This is amazing news. Little Lentil Bean and you have completely captured my heart.

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  10. What wonderful news. And it's great that they will allow you to be with him over-night. I've always preferred to leave my babies over-night after surgeries as well. It's that peace of mind knowing they are being taken care of and watched that is worth it.

    I know this little guy will come out of this with flying colors.

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  11. I love little bean so much. I know he is in good hands! Much love and thank you thank you thank you!!!!!! <3

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  12. Way to go lil' Beaner. You are so sweet! You are in good care.

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  13. Congrats!!! So happy for you little Bean!! Thanks for keeping us update Foster Mom. You do such an incredible job! Love you Bean <3

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  14. Very excited for you, Lentil!
    I was born with a cleft lip/palate, 47 years ago! You'll come out of surgery with flying colors and able to eat solid food! <3

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  15. WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! As I read, through tears, I know little Lentil "Butter Bean" was put on this earth for a reason. I can't imagine what the 2 of you have ahead of you. You are educating so many and opening so many doors. My cousin had the same bi-lateral cleft palate when born. Now at 29 years old, he is a VERY handsome young man. He is climbing mountains to raise money for children who need corrective surgeries. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  16. So happy to hear that plans are in the works to correct Lentil Bean's palate so he can live, eat and do all the things little boys love to do normally. We'll all be hoping for the very best for him. And in the meantime, hope he enjoys the kibble. Love you, Lentil!

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  17. We are getting all choked up thinking about our Lentil. We are sending all good vibes to you
    Benny & Lily

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  18. Ralphie and I send you and Bean our love and well wishes!!! We cannot wait until the next update. Thank you for being so amazing and sharing your wonderful experience. WE love the Bean!!! xo

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  19. So happy that all is well. How exciting that Lentil can eat a bit of dry food.
    My biggest moment of joy while reading this was being able to read how much "foster mom" loves this little guy! If this didn't tell us all nothing would: "Now my only question is if they will let ME also spend the night :) Bean and I have never been apart....and I'm surely not above sleeping in a kennel to be with him! "
    What a remarkable woman you are!!!!!

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  20. Wonderful news!!!! Mommy you need to keep the bean.

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  21. You are such a remarkable mother....I am addicted to this site, check it at least 4 times a day...thank you for keeping all your friends and fans up to date, I am certain you have lots of things to keep up with!

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  22. I love that you refered to him as "my baby". I surely hope that when all is said and done, we read that Lentil has found his forever home, with his foster mommy.

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  23. This is wonderful news - and it made me get all weepy! You and Lentil are both amazing blessings.

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  24. Hi! I am very happy for Lentil, you, and the kids at CHOP. Good luck to you all, and all my love, too.

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  25. Awesome. You are an angel sent from Heaven. I really mean that.

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  26. I am so Happy for You and Bean! I hope they let you stay with him. He is going to need his Mom after surgery. Best to the both of you and THANKS for all the good you two do! <3 XOXOXOXOX

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  27. This is most wonderful news. You have brought the Bean so far and done such an amazing job. I can't imagine all you have given up in your life to take care of him and then you are so wonderful to share him with us. I get up in the morning and check fb for him and before I go to bed I check again. He brings such a smile to my day and encouragement to keep going. I have always loved frenchies but alas I have an English bully, that was what my husband wanted. I have lost him but I still have Milla to love and spoil and I am so thankful for that. Lentil and mom keep up the good work and sending prayers everyday for you both. I just love you both.

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  28. I just couldn't resist posting an update on one of the cutest, most popular little pups on my Author's Page on Facebook! In the short space of time since Lentils' birth, the "Bean" has become one of my favorite "Likes" ever, and I have followed his special story since he first logged on to Facebook. This little pup has become a living symbol for babies born with Cleft-palates, and his Momma's great compassion and humanitarianism has brought so much attention to such a worthy cause.

    Finally, the time has come for the Bean to have his own corrective surgery, and so, I am asking all my readers to say a special prayer for Lentil to have a successful surgery and a very happy life! Bless you, Lil' Lentil! May you and Momma have many happy days ahead!
    JB Richards, Author
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miriamne-the-Magdala-First-in-the-Series-of-the-Yeshua-Miri-Novels/206903979347028

    To learn more about the "Yeshua and Miri Novel Series" and the upcoming publication of "Miriamne the Magdala", the first book in this series, please click on the above link to my Author's Page.

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  29. I read your post and was so happy and excited with the news of the surgery and the kibble. I also read a BIG revelation that said, "my baby." YAY, foster mom is forever mom! *smile *smile *smile. God bless you both and thank YOU for all you have done for all of us, yep, all 65K of us!<3

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  30. Prayers are with you little Bean and your mommy too! I know you will be fine and a true advocate for all the little folks who undergo such surgery! Thanks for being their Champion!!

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  31. Prayers for all the little children out there that have to go through this, and thank you and prayers to you BOTH for end of Mary. I cannot tell you enough how enriched my life has been by being able to share this - and he brings me smiles every morning! Go Lil Bean!!

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  33. Hi there, I saw this little guy on Petfinder. His name is Wrigley and also has a cleft palette. (He's in Pottstown, PA.) Maybe he could join the smile club or become Lentil's friend! I bet he could use some extra attention too!

    http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/25962623

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    1. Oh, Wrigley is adorable as well. So similar to Lentil! He certainly needs attention as well. I can see, though, that he is already scheduled for cleft palate surgery, which he will have at 12-16 weeks of age. <3

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  34. Orijen is basically the best food money can buy, and I am glad Lentil will be able to enjoy it soon!

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