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My daughter has hip dysplasia

It has taken me a while to come up with this post. I have been trying to find the right words to explain what we have gone through but no words can quite describe it so I will just have to try my best.

My daughter has hip dysplasia. She was diagnosed when she was 2 months old and I was heartbroken. Apparently, it is in our family and I had no idea. Infant hip dysplasia is developmental and is also called a dislocated hip. Her hip did not develop completely so it was more prone to dislocation. She did not display any signs of pain and I was in shock. I blamed myself, I went over every single thing I did or did not do. Did I cause this? Eventually, I came to terms with it and I know it wasn’t my fault.

She had to wear a full body brace 24/7 for 14 weeks. It might not seem that long but it was the longest 14 weeks of my life. When we went into the doctor’s office to put it on her, I was sobbing. She screamed the entire time and I felt horrible that she had to wear this thing that looked so uncomfortable. Although, after a few days, she got used it it. She felt no pain and was still her happy self. I on the other hand took a lot longer to get used to it.

Nursing was difficult as I could only position her one way. She could not have a bath, the one thing that she loved before bedtime, and I had to sponge bathe her. Sponge bathing her took about 30mins every day. Everytime she spit up or it something got on her outfit, it would take another 30min to change her. It was a very tedious and arduous process and I was mentally and physically tired but I knew it had to be done.

It was one of the happiest days of my life when they told us we could remove the brace 14 weeks later. The funny thing was, she didn’t even notice that it was off. When I finally put her in the bathtub, she screamed the whole time. She had forgotten what a bath felt like I was afraid she would never like it. I can admit when I am a worry wort and I know I am. It took her about a week to get used to the bath but now she absolutely love it and the sound of her kicking the water, making a huge mess makes my heart swell.

I did take pictures of her in the brace and I took some photos of her after they were off. I know that while it was a traumatizing thing for me to go through, it did not faze her at all and in the long run, it was the best thing that could have happened. We are so happy that our pediatrician caught it when he did. If he hadn’t, it would have taken even longer to fix it and it would have been even more difficult to fix. Now, we have to monitor her hip with X-rays until she is 8 years old and it scares me so much that she might dislocate it again but I know I cannot live in fear. I know that I need to just live in the moment, and love her, and enjoy her. I have to have faith that everything will work out the way it was meant to and not worry too much. Words to live by…..


Worry Wort…

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  • Corey - I’m so sorry you and your baby girl had to go through all of that! I am so happy to hear that her hip dysplasia was helped significantly with her body brace – and I hope she continues to do well without it! Hugs, Mama!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine - What a rough time but just a blip in her life soon. Wishing her continued good health and no more dislocation and some peace for a worried momma. She is just gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Jentry Dryden - I’m so sorry that you and your baby had to go through that, but I’m so happy to hear that the brace is now off and you can get used to life without the brace again 🙂 she looks like the happiest baby!!ReplyCancel

  • Marina - What a gorgeous baby girl. I can’t imagine how worrying it must have been for you. But despite all of the worries you have been through, she is now better and she looks so happy! Glad to hear she likes her bath again! No doubt we will see more of this gorgeous baby with a baby photographer as her mom!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Carpunky - My daughter had hip dysplasia when she was a baby as well. She was in a full body cast and had surgery at 8 months as well. She is 15 now and has had no hip issues since! You have a beautiful baby girl! Enjoy all of these little moments! They grow up FAST!ReplyCancel

  • Terri - What a heartbreaking situation for you. I’m glad to hear she’s doing better. I love seeing your images of her – she has the BEST smile! Completely contagious!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - It’s so hard to see our children unhappy and i am sure it feels like an eternity sometimes. Glad to hear that her hip dysplasia braces are off and she is doing better. She is one of the cutest babies I have seen. I love her photos.ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - Nothing can break your heart more than knowing your child is sick or in pain. That must have been such an emotional experience for you, and 14 weeks sounds like a long time to me! She is so beautiful and I’m so happy for you that she is doing well and enjoying all the things she used to like splashing around at bath time!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Bartoo - She is such a beautiful baby girl, and you are a wonderful and strong mama for going through this kind of experience. I am so glad that she is able to go without her body brace now. These really are adorable photos and she has the cutest smile!ReplyCancel

  • Christine D - Your baby girl is beautiful and obviously very happy! I know this ordeal was difficult for you, but it is nice that modern technology can easily remedy the issue and she can have a normal, happy life. It also gives you, as a newborn photographer, another way to serve your little PA clients with knowledge and experience to deal with any issue a newborn may have!ReplyCancel

  • Ruben - Your little one is an absolute beauty Candy! Its wonderful that she is doing so much better now. What an amazing photo shoot you did for her! Love the light!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - It really is hard being a mom and seeing your baby go through things. I’m glad you were able to see it isn’t your fault and you were being the best mom by helping her take care of this now. The photos of your daughter are beautiful, both with and without her brace. I love the shots of her hair! It’s a great little detail that you’ll remember forever and can share with her when she’s older!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - These are such beautiful photos! I’m so glad that she is doing better now and that this is a season of her life that she will always be able to look back at 🙂 You are a wonderful mom!ReplyCancel

  • Elaina - I’m so glad to hear she is doing so well now. It’s always hard to watch our kiddos go through difficult times. Love all of these photos. That hair!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Kelley - As a mom It is so hard to watch our babies go through any tough times or pain. I am so glad to see that she is doing so much better. These photos are beautiful!ReplyCancel

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