Apr 30

Roman’s Big Day

Today is the day of Roman’s cleft lip repair surgery. Aubrey Trinnaman came over yesterday and took some pictures of him before his little face gets changed forever. I love Aubrey and for the record I think she is a genius.

We love this little guy so much. See you on the flip side.

And here is one of Moses with his new haircut.

Photos of Roman by Aubrey Trinnaman, Photo of Moses by Paul Ferney (using this camera, and this technique courtesy Jonathan Canlas.)


  • angela hardison says:

    he is so adorable, and those photos are great. good luck – hope everything goes well!

  • Little Mave says:

    He is beyond beautiful! good luck and sending healing prayers!

  • Anne says:

    you have a beautiful family Jordan!

  • Quarter Lifer says:

    He is absolutely adorable!!! Best of luck!!

    Also – can you tell us more about that adorable snake he is pictured with? Do you have a pattern to make that?

  • Jennifer says:

    Two beautiful little boys. I wish all of you, but especially Roman, the best of luck today.

  • nicole says:

    blessings…we took photos of our daughter before her cochlear implant surgery…just to document her ears without a device on them. happy healing to roman.

  • Emily says:

    He is absolutely precious! Best of luck to the little man today!!

  • Bryan and Sarah says:

    You've got beautiful kids! Good luck with the surgery, I'll be thinking about you guys!

  • Birdie in DC says:

    lots of prayers for Roman's recovery. Both boys are adorable, but I can understand why you miss the curls!

  • mrs boo radley says:

    What a beautiful boy! Love these pictures.

  • Tina says:

    Sending you all (and especially Roman) positive vibes from New Zealand today.

    Best of luck for the big day

  • L A M A R T I N É says:

    what little sweet peas!

    good luck lil roman.

  • Olivia Carter says:

    Lovely pics! Good luck!

  • ms. spinach says:

    good luck, little roman! wishing you a safe and speedy recovery.

  • katrina says:

    his name fits him so well to me. he just LOOKS like a roman. he's beautiful!
    good luck :)

  • michelle says:

    thinking of you guys.

    p.s. you make really cute kids.

  • Tiffany says:

    Jordan your babies are absolutely beautiful! How blessed are you!

  • love.boxes says:

    beautiful boys. blessings to you…

  • Courtney says:

    Such great photos! I'll be praying for all of you today.

  • Anzu says:

    I always read your blog but haven't left a comment before. I wish you the best of luck!! He has such gorgeous big eyes and looks like he is just begging for a cuddle!!

  • Alisa says:

    I have been thinking of your family, and hoping that Roman's recovery has gone well. Our 3rd day of recovery was always when we turned the corner for the better. I will never forget that moment of seeing our little one for "the first time" all over again. I love your photos of Roman. I treasure all of our photos that we have of before lip repair. 7 years later and it amazes me to look at them.
    Praying that you have a restful weekend and that Roman is eating well.

  • Tonja says:

    As the mom of a 'child' with a cleft, you will be surprised who you see when you see him for the first time! It was only then that I could tell he looked like his big brother! My son is 27 now and beautiful.
    A word of advice…be sure you have equipped him with an answer to have at the ready when friends and classmates ask about his scar. They will, but if it is never a big deal to you…it never will be a big deal to him!
    His answer was, "my lip didn't finish growing before I was born so the doctor just sewed it up!"
    If they already have an answer at the ready, they are less likely to be embarrassed and caught off guard.
    If I can ever be of any help to you, I would be more than happy to. My email is tonja24@gmail.com.
    God bless you and your beautiful boy!
    Tonja Owens

  • $5 Basics says:

    you and your husband have a knack for making beautiful babies :)

    all the best to your family!

  • Gwen says:

    He is so sweet. Good luck to you :)

  • Aron says:

    love it! we used some of those rough edges for our wedding (three years ago in 10 days.) :)

  • Maggie Mason says:

    He looks just like you! I love it when little boys look like their moms. I'm so glad everything went well and that you got some gorgeous photos to remember these first few months by.

  • Carissa says:

    roman is so adorable!! I hope the surgery went well.

  • Devon says:

    What an absolutely beautiful little boy. Hope the surgery went well.

  • Pink Wallpaper says:

    such amazing pictures…i love the one w/ the snake. our thoughts and prayer are w/ y'all!

  • vfg says:

    I love how different your boys look, and Roman so like you!

    2 of my babies have had high medical drama, most recently my now 18-month-old who started cancer treatment at 5 months and had extensive surgery. It's hard as a mom to see your own sweet half-my-heart go through surgeries and procedures, but their healing powers are amazing and memory blessedly short. I found it an honor to accompany him (and cried a lot, too).

    And children's hospitals are staffed with God's own.

  • Inha says:

    Roman is so darling! I love that your boys are so different looking. (Moses is adorable too :)

  • Amber says:

    Brothers, how fun.
    I always pray that God will give the doctors wisdom and work through their hands.
    Roman has life. Soon it will be easier.
    Blessings to your family

  • Helena says:

    Wow! He has grown a lot! I looove those photos! Roman is gorgeous in all of them! And Moses… what a handsome and big boy he is turned into! You're a lucky mum!

    I'll be thinking of you today. I wish all the best in Roman's surgery.

    Helena (from Spain)

  • junebug says:

    It is a big day. I'm glad you got such beautiful pictures of your baby before he changed. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Abbigail says:

    Roman is so adorable. I love his dark hair. I wonder if he too will have curls.
    I will be thinking of you guys through this time of surgery and rest. I know he will do great.

  • The Lil Bee says:

    He's so beautiful, Jordan! I'm sure everything will go well and I'll be thinking of him:)

  • Janelle says:

    Those are GREAT pictures of Roman. And how cute does Moses look? He looks a lot older now, doesn't he?

  • Bri (like the cheese) says:

    Fantastic pictures! And such a good idea. I'm sure there's a part of you that will look back at these and 'miss' the little guy that you see once the cleft is closed and you 'forget' in your day-to-day life how he looked when you first met him! All the best & speedy recovery!

  • abby says:

    oh my. you really do have the most adorable children.

  • Carrie Anne says:

    Adorable. Hope the surgery went smoothly.

  • Lisa says:

    what a cutie pie!

  • Sasha {Everything Fabulous} says:

    wish you all the best! God bless that little angel!!

  • Vanessa says:


    Found you through Design Mom. Just wanted to wish you the very best and send support… from a faraway Mum who's been through the same thing with her littlest guy. My son Lorcan had cleft lip surgery at 6 months and he's 4 now and looks amazing!

    Here are the posts on my blog from the time of the surgery:
    - http://risingtothechallenge.blogspot.com/2006/10/fear.html
    - http://risingtothechallenge.blogspot.com/2006/11/tribute.html

    and here he is now: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanessa_r/4434418035/in/set-72157607454214429/

    Good luck Roman! Your momma is going to be so proud of just how resilient and brave you're going to be.

    Love from Dublin, Ireland.

  • Jill says:

    Your children are precious… I am a neonatal nurse in a special care nursery so I take care of all of the babies that need cleft lip/palatte repairs… It is amazing what the plastic surgeons can do today to repair them…Good luck and you will be in my thoughts and prayers! Love your blog!

  • Sarah Jane says:

    he is so precious. sending good thoughts for surgery and recovery. xoxo

  • Sidney Ann says:

    He is so so cute I can't even stand it.

  • kim @ stellacake says:

    what a sweetie. i hope recovery is quick.

  • Yamila says:

    Roman is gorgeous. such deep soulful eyes! good luck!

  • Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem says:

    Wishing all good things to your little man.

  • Kjrsten says:

    jordan, he is precious! Those big brown eyes melt my heart! What a beauty! I hope it all went smoothly!


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