Zadie had another follow up with the surgeon who repaired her palate. It's hard to believe that it's been more than 8 months since she had the surgery! He said she looks great, and in particular, he remarked on how good her lower jaw is looking. He said that he's glad we never did anything surgically to it. Her lower jaw was recessed when she was born (a hallmark of Pierre Robin Sequence), and it was a major reason she had trouble eating and breathing. If she had been born in another hospital, she might have had jaw distraction right away, and she might have avoided the trach. But, she was born where she was and they don't really do jaw distractions at St. Barnabas. So, she ended up with the trach. A plastic surgeon at CHOP later suggested a jaw distraction in order to get rid of the trach, but we weren't positive that it was completely necessary, and we decided to wait and see what her jaw did on its own.
It's possible that she will still need some kind of jaw surgery in the future, but right now, she's looking good! We're hoping to get rid of the trach in a few months and just keep moving forward.