Although it was difficult getting Molly through the syringe feedings, operations, years of speech therapy, and operations, it has been a joy. That is why we requested another little girl, just like her.
Both of our girls are amazing young ladies. Molly, our twenty-four-year-old,
graduated college a year early and received her master’s degree by age twenty-three. Amy, our eleven-year-old, competes in Level Seven Gymnastics. She has taken the state titles twice, in levels four and six. We hope that she will be able to compete at the national level next year. She is truly amazing!
We have confronted unique challenges. We had to syringe feed Molly, which was difficult. We would grease the syringe with butter then suck in blenderized food. That is how she ate her first birthday cake.
When Molly was two and had a post-operative, Logan Bow taped to her face, a little girl asked her mother what was wrong with my baby. The mother quickly yanked her child away and reacted as though Molly was a freak of nature.
Molly also wore reverse head-gear for a couple of years. Home schooling helped to provide an escape from criticism. She could take it off when she was in public. It also created a flexible time frame so that Molly could have operations when they were needed. Sometimes we just finished school in late July.
Amy practices in the gym twenty hours a week. Her competition season begins in the fall. It is more difficult to schedule her operations so that she can practice and compete without interference.
Once, Molly spoke with me about Amy. She said, “Mom, Amy’s face is a little screwed up, but she’s so pretty.”
I replied, “Do you get it, Molly?” She smiled. She did.
Molly’s cleft was a precious gift from God. If she hadn’t been born with it, we wouldn’t have been able to adopt her. Consequently, we would have missed out on having Amy as our daughter. Thank God for clefts and sisters!