Monday, October 6, 2014

Re-Casting for the Club Foot

As you already know, Mr Boy was born with a club foot:

A few weeks after birth, his Orthopedic surgeon began casting his foot with a new cast every week for 6 weeks:

After the 6 weeks, the foot looked like this:

After the casting, he was supposed to wear this Ponseti Boots and Brace set for 3 months 24/7, to keep the foot in place.

But… Mr Boy had a separate surgery at the same time and since he looked so pitiful, we didn't make him wear the boots and brace for the full week of recovery. 

Unfortunately, our decision to forgo the brace for one week, caused his foot to bend back enough to make the Doctor re-cast his foot again. :( 

After this second set of casts, Mr Boy wore the boots and brace faithfully 3 months straight and then nightly for years while wearing a brace during the day.  He still wears his shoe orthodic today.

When we met our Orthodepic Doctor here in Denver in June, she told us the foot was still not fully corrected and that Mr Boy would need another series of casts (a new cast every 2 weeks for 6 weeks total). She offered to start casting that day, but I chose to let Mr Boy finish out his summer and start preschool before she began. Plus, it's always nice to prepare your child for something so big. We watched lots of youtube videos to prepare him. 

On his final day with both legs, we went to the circus!
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey: Legends

Mr Boy loved it!! With all his sensory issues and fears, this was such an accomplishment! A few months ago this would not have been possible. 

One last bike ride to the park!
And finally today arrived:

Mr Boy was sooooo calm and excited for his cast becasue he picked out "bright green."

We are so incredibly proud of our brave boy! Mr Boy is blowing us away more and more every day with his newfound confidence and bravery. Praise the Lord for all His glorious mercies!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New House, New Baby and Preschool!

I uninentionally took a break from the blog because I kind of forgot about it! So many great changes were happening in our family, that I was more consumed with experiencing life than writing about it. When I did think about it, it overwhelmed me because sooo much was happening! So I will give a condensed recap of the past half year here. I will elaborate in the next few weeks on a few of these topics, but wanted to get this lil summary out before Monday, when Mr Boy will be getting a cast on his right foot and leg. Details on the reasons for this cast coming Monday. 

After leaving South Dakota, we spent 3 months in David's parent's home before purchasing a new house of our own in Aurora, Colorado. 

View from our backyard
One month after closing on our house, Mr Boy became a big brother when I birthed this amazing lil thing:

"Skittle" - Born June 14, 2014 - 4lbs 13oz

Can you tell Mr Boy loves her? :) He is an amazing big brother!

And after a summer filled with exciting adventures...

Getting into a pool for the first time!!!
Learning to ride his tricicle for the first time! 
Annual Family Camping Trip
lots and lots of this
Library visits and about 1 millions books
Parks almost every day

And meeting 8 new doctors... 

Brave and happy at all his Doctor appointments, even when he was apprehensive. SO proud of him!!
He collects hospital bands. I had to remove some that were giving him a rash after a few weeks. Ew.
This awesome ball contraption in the lobby helped foster his love for the Children's hopsital of Colorado or as Mr Boy calls it "The Hospital with the Balls."

...Then Mr. Boy started Preschool!! 

Official school picture
Preschool Portable
Working on homework.
I will definitely elaborate soon on all the incredible developments since Mr Boy started Preschool. Just know that he loves it, begs for it everyday and is thriving!!