Saturday, October 23, 2010

Seven Months!

I really can't believe how time has flown by. L.E. is seven months old tomorrow. She's a happy girl; my only complaint is how hard it is to get her to sleep.
Let me back up a bit. We had a six-month check-up with Dr. P. She had x-rays done and was so good while they took them. The cutest thing was the little tiny lead circle they put on her abdomen to protect her. She didn't move a muscle and smiled on cue when the x-ray techs made googly-eyes and coos at her.
We got good news! Her hips are stable and looking great. The brace only has to be worn at night and during naps. Since her nap schedule is an oxymoron, we've taken to just putting the brace on her after she gets home from daycare and taking it off when she wakes up in the morning. Unfortunately, she hates it even more now. L.E. has learned to roll and crawl like a normal baby and loves sleeping curled up in the fetal position. That, of course, is impossible with her brace on. So she cries and fusses when we put her down at night. One night when she was sick with a cold, we took the brace off of her and she slept for a solid eight hours. That was a pretty stupid decision. I know babies aren't supposed to have the ability to manipulate their parents, but L.E. certainly knows how to get what she wants. Her dad is such a softie for her that he will remove the brace just to get her to stop crying. All that does is make me even more upset. I feel guilty enough as it is about her DDH; now i feel as though I'm failing her by taking the brace off. So I made the decision to put it back on her every single night. I haven't slept since.
Traditional sleep-training doesn't apply to us here, does it? I've read books and websites...watched DVDs and nothing seems to get her to go down easily. The only chance I have is to play Train's "Hey Soul Sister" on repeat at least 5 times. She'll at least sleep for a bit after that. I guess my only option is to keep at it and hope she learns to soothe herself while wearing her "friend."
On another note, I can't say how grateful I am for the new website It's so wonderful to read other parents' stories that are so similar to my own. I wish it was around seven months ago!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing. I was born with severe bilateral hip dysplasia and in my 21 years of life have 12 surgeries and a hip replacement to show for it! Stories like this help remind me that I am not alone. Thank you for helping spread the awareness of Hip dysplasia - you and your girl will be in my prayers!