Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Busy, busy and lots of changes

So much has happened in the last several weeks! 

The three older kids started school in early August, S and I flew to Texas for a few days to visit family. My mom flew back home with us and ended up staying almost 3 weeks. All the kids' fall activities have started up. C turned 9 in mid August and I had a birthday in late August. Then the day after my birthday.. the day my mom was supposed to fly home... my husband had a heart attack! He is okay for now (more on all this later) but our lives were turned upside down during the week he spent in the hospital and things are just starting to get back to normal (new normal) around here. My mom ended up staying an extra week.. I don't know how I would have managed without her. We also decided to move back to Texas to be closer to family... although we probably won't move back until May. 

So, things have been crazy!! Our weeks are busy, busy, busy with three kids in two different elementary schools across town from each other, Girls On The Run, baseball, choir, soccer, American Heritage Girls, working at church and much more!! We had to cut out dance this year with everything else we have going on and may cut out Trail Life. 

Our first Disney trip is coming up in about 6 weeks! The kids are super excited and I'm having fun planning everything! Any and all Disney tips are welcome! 

I've gotten so far behind... I'll try to catch up on everything in the next few posts.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Finding out our baby had hip dysplasia

(If you look closely at her feet in this picture you can see the left leg is shorter. 
She has folds on her right ankle that aren't on her left ankle*.)

I've been meaning to write about L's journey with hip dysplasia for awhile now. We got her diagnosis almost exactly three years ago today. 

By time L came along I figured I had all this baby stuff figured out (ha!) The older three kids met all their milestones on or ahead of schedule. Our first child walked at 11 months, our second walked at 10 months and our third walked at 9 months.. so we joked that our 4th would be walking at 8 months lol.. not so much.

We were a little surprised when L was delayed in several areas.. from rolling over, sitting, scooting, crawling, trying to stand, eating purees or solids.. she was delayed in all that and more.

Our pediatrician was concerned that she had torticollis. I had hardly heard of it and just pushed our pediatrician's concerns to the back of my mind. My husband is the one who thought we should pursue an evaluation with a specialist. It turned out L did have torticollis as well as plagiocephaly and brachycephaly. She went into a Doc Band later than recommended.. around 9 months... and wore it for about 4 months. 

She started physical therapy for torticollis but made very little progress. Her fine motor skills were delayed. She didn't have any interest in doing much of anything the therapist tried to get her to do. She cried a lot. Looking back later we realized she was probably in a lot of pain from her hip. :(

By this time she was around 8-9 months old and still wasn't scooting around or crawling much less trying to stand or walk. One evening I stood her up in the living room and realized she was putting all her weight on her right leg with her right foot flat on the floor. She was on tiptoe on her left foot. There was over an inch difference in her leg length*! I knew something was off at that point and started searching for answers. 

We went to a family chiropractor twice a month from the time L was born so at our next appointment I pointed out the difference in leg length to our chiro. The chiro agreed that she needed to see a specialist. I was also asking the physical therapist about it as well as the techs at Cranial Technology. I made an appointment with our sweet pediatrician who set us up in a large exam room and spent close to an hour with me looking L over from top to bottom while agreeing something was wrong.

We were referred to Scottish Rite in Dallas where we got the official diagnosis that she had hip dysplasia in her left hip. Her surgery was scheduled for about a month out. Here she is in the waiting room at TSRH just a few days after she had gotten her Doc Band. 

In the exam room waiting for results of her x-rays. 

L was already in a spica cast by her first birthday so I had some "one year" photos made before she had her surgery. The color is off here (screen shots of an old Instagram pic ha!) but I love these pictures so much!! I was just out of reach in the pic where she is standing up. She kept toppling over but we wanted this photo really bad and it turned out great! 

I'll be posting about her surgery soon and also the time she spent in a spica cast. It's hard to believe it's already been three years... it some ways it feels like yesterday and in other ways it seems hard to believe this is the same child she is today! 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Weekend Wrap-Up

Last week was busy!

The older kids were at Camp In The City every day from 9 to 4. Then the little girls had VBS from 6:30 to 8 every day except Friday. All the kids loved their camps and VBS! We went a little crazy going to so many Vacation Bible Schools this summer. It was fun but I'm glad it's over!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Going back to public school!

via Google

A year ago I was so excited about starting our homeschool journey but I found out along the way that it left me feeling constantly behind and overwhelmed.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Weekend Wrap-Up

I can't believe how fast this summer is flying by! The kids go back to school on August 6th and August 8th! 

Dressed up for Cow Appreciation Day last Tuesday. We ran into friends as we were getting there and they shared their masks with us.

Monday, July 8, 2019

4th Of July Fun!

The Sunday before July 4th. This was the most patriotic-ish looking pic I got of all of them together this year.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Life Lately

Just a cute pic of the little girls twinning at church a few weeks ago! They both wanted to sit with us in service that Sunday. Izzy does great but Indie Grace was crazy ha! I think we'll wait a while before letting her sit in service with us again.