Tuesday, May 10, 2011

soooo big!

I just want to say how proud we are of our sweet girl. Last night we put the braces on her for the first time. Joe and I had been dreading this for a week, since the doctor confirmed she had ITT (internal tibial tortion) and the braces were ordered. We did everything to make sure she had a good day yesterday. She spent the morning playing with Mary Lou and Dewitt, a couple at our church who babysit her occasionally and who she loves. They took her to the feed & seed store to see the live animals, and played outside with her. She napped well. After dinner, we played in the backyard for a while.

...there are pants that go with this outfit. They just didn't make it outside.

We read lots of stories, put the braces on and rocked her, and sang every lullaby we could think of, and then when I finally put her in her crib, Joe laid down on the floor next to her until she drifted off to sleep. No tears. Well, no tears from Hannah. This morning Joe was so happy to pick her up from the crib. How big is Mommy's girl? Soooo big!

The braces consist of a special pair of shoes, connected by a bar. The shoes are set at an angle to help correct the in-toeing. She can move her feet back and forth but not from side to side or apart. She can bring up one of her legs while extending the other. {They are a little more friendly than the ones Joe and I had to wear when we were babies.} We are calling them her "magic shoes" - which she pronounces "majshick."

I checked the monitor through the night. She alternated between her front and her back. The bar does not allow her to sleep in her favorite position: child's pose {on her tummy with her legs pulled up underneath her}. She is only wearing them at night, so nap times are normal.

Tonight bedtime went just as smoothly. Hopefully the night will too. I snapped this of their sweet cuddle time. It's a little blurry but it captures the moment.

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