Friday, June 18, 2010

Long Hot Summer


Great news today! L.E.'s hip sockets aren't as shallow as they once were. That means as of right now, she doesn't need casts put on. She'll have to wear the brace all day until September. If everything looks good then, she'll just be in it to sleep.
Dr. P. told us something interesting: once the hips are in their sockets, there really isn't scientific proof that the brace does anything more. But we'll err on the side of caution and keep her in the brace as much as possible. But it goes without saying that we won't be as militant about it as we were before. If she's asleep in her car seat, I'm not going to wake her up to put the brace on anymore.
It's finally summertime here and L.E.'s getting used to having the brace on her bare legs. It doesn't seem to bother her at all. She's a very happy baby for the most part. She has her moments, what baby doesn't, but overall she's very smiley and chatty. She coos so much at us that we feel like when she starts talking for real she'll have lots to say.
I'm not quite sure what I'll post about for the next three months. Probably my ongoing adventure in motherhood. It's not a road i'd ever imagined myself traveling but I'm happy I did. L.E. was born with this DDH flaw but to me she's absolutely perfect and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It's been a while

I feel badly that I haven't posted in a while. A lot has happened in the last few weeks, both good and bad. The good news is L.E.'s hips are in their sockets, thanks to the abduction brace. We had an ultrasound this morning and the same radiologist as last time said he noticed a difference in the depth of her sockets but he'll have to study the images to make sure. We have an appointment with Dr. P. on Friday and hopefully the good news will continue.
We visited Pittsburgh for 10 days and I can't say enough good things about how well L.E. traveled. Unfortunately, she was not a happy camper once we were in the 'burgh. We went because my father-in-law had surgery and he needed some help with recovery. I'm no doctor but I'm positive that seeing his first granddaughter was the best medicine. It's too bad that she was a little fuss-monkey the whole time. It's hard to tell why. I'm convinced it was something in the water. For real. She was extra gassy the whole trip and there were more sleepless nights than usual. But she got to meet lots of family and friends including my beloved grandfather Pap. He was tickled pink to meet L.E. and I'm so happy that she immediately smiled at him when they met. Pap is 89 years old and has some health issues...of course he does, he's 89! That was the bad news but we're staying positive and upbeat.
I go back to work next week and I'm bittersweet about it. I love spending time with my baby girl but I'm just not the stay-at-home type. She'll be at my job's on-site daycare so I'll be able to visit her plenty. I'm looking forward to some adult interaction; my conversation skills have been limited to sleep habits and diapering...
I'll post again after our next Dr. P. appointment.