Wednesday, February 6, 2030

New To Step By Step? Start HERE!

Welcome! It is my hope that Step by Step Cleft will educate, inspire, and uplift all who come across it! This blog is meant to be read from the beginning, or oldest post to the most recent post. So for you newbies, START HERE by clicking through the posts one at a time in order. And please, leave a comment! Or just vote! (to the right...:) I love knowing I'm not just sending this out into cyberspace, and a real person ACTUALLY might read this blog!;)
Post One
"I think this baby has a cleft lip..."

Post Two
"Honey, I'm home..."

Post Three
"Being "okay" with it."

Post Four

Post Five
"Finding a Doctor"

Post Six
"Birth Day"

Post Seven

Post Eight
"They say..." Surgery One

Post Nine
"Honeycuffs and Miracle Blankets"

Post Ten

Post Eleven
"Taping and Ear Tubes"

Post Twelve
"I'd like one Face-sect-damee, Please!"

Post Thirteen
"Rykers Ring"

Post Fourteen
"Save the Best For Last"

For all my old friends, check out the latest post BELOW! But make sure you haven't missed one while you were away!

And PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you come across a blog, educational site, cleft product, or anything else that you love...Share! Tell me in a comment and I will post a link to all these little web treasures! Or if you have a question, feel free to ask! I will do my best to answer! Also, keep in mind that because EVERY cleft is different, there are MANY different methods for repair, and MANY different oppinions about which is best. This is just one way. One method, and one doctors preferred plan of attack for our unique cleft. You and your journey will vary, but one thing we can all share is a similar emotional journey...and the fact that our little monkeys came into this world with EXTRA big smiles!;)


Jessica Cathey said...
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Jessica Cathey said...

I can't thank you enough for putting the time in to write this blog. It was the first one I stumbled upon yesterday as I sat frantically googling everything I could find out about cleft lip/palate--we just found out yesterday that our little son on the way has it. I cried as I read, but your blog has given me hope that we can get through this. I will be referring back to your blog many times over the next months I am sure. Thank you for your strength!!

Karl Schonborn said...

Hi…My name is Karl Schonborn and I really enjoy reading your blog posts. I was born with a cleft lip and palate and know firsthand about the difficulties many children experience as a result. My childhood was fraught with taunts of “Harelip” and bullying, but with courage, humor, and my family’s love, I overcame the shame, handicaps, and personal losses that might’ve defeated others less resolute. My memoir, Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal, will be released in October. I currently update my own blog and would love if you could check out my postings at It’d be great to connect on twitter (@KarlSchonborn) and Facebook ( I am always looking for new people to follow and connect with through social media! Thanks for your time and for the great posts on your site.

Anonymous said...

I cant imagine of seeing children, living with cleft still in India.
When procedures are available by giving them a single or series of surgeries to look normal like others.

Wish the awareness of cleft lip and palate treatment among society will help us leaving no cleft children untreated.

Flynn said...

What Jessica Cathey said ... I'm in the same boat, frantically Googling. Thank you so so much for this blog.