Category Archives: Clubfoot/Miscarriage

A day late……..

Sweet heart

Happy belated Valentines Day to you all!

We didn’t celebrate on the 14th because Billy wasn’t feeling well. So, today we went to the clinic and Billy removed a spot on my shoulder (nothing says “I love you” like freezing off a crusty carcinoma from your honey) and then went to the boat for 4 hours of uninterrupted time together to talk and visit. It was just what I needed. That and the 4 glasses of red wine. And the chocolate cupcake with vanilla and strawberry butter cream frosting. x2.

And this….which is 100x sweeter than any cupcake could ever be.
Sweet darling

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Clubfoot is so not a big deal!!!!

Again, someone has come to my site searching “terminating a pregnancy due to clubfoot”.

This beautiful child has clubfoot:

Quinn

He is 5, and perfectly normal. His clubfoot was corrected with the Dimeglio French Physiotherapy method. There are links in my sidebar under “Clubfoot” that will direct you to various support groups and doctors.

My son is the joy of our lives. Please allow your child to be a joy to you as well.

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I found this in one of the links for the above search. Not sure of the origin, but it churns my stomach. Terminating a pregnancy for clubfoot or cleft palate……..good God, help us. Read on.

Babies aborted for not being perfect
20:32pm 28th May 2006

Late terminations have been performed in recent years because the babies had club feet, official figures show.

Babies are being aborted with only minor defects.
Other babies were destroyed because they had webbed fingers or extra digits.
Such defects can often be corrected with a simple operation or physiotherapy.

The revelation sparked fears that abortion is increasingly being used to satisfy couples’ desire for the ‘perfect’ baby.

A leading doctor said people were right to be ‘totally shocked’ that abortions were being carried out for such conditions.

Campaigners warned we are turning into a society that can no longer tolerate imperfection. Doctors were recently told they can now screen IVF embryos to try to weed out inherited cancers.

Ethical groups fear parents are opting for abortions because they are not told of the support and help available if they continued with the pregnancy.

Details of the terminations emerged as new figures revealed an alarming rise in the use of an abortion pill that has been linked to 10 deaths.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that between 1996 and 2004, 20 babies were aborted after 20 weeks because they had a club foot.

It is one of the most common birth defects in Britain, affecting one in 1,000 babies each year. That means around 600 to 700 babies are born annually in the UK with the problem, which causes the feet to point downwards and in severe cases can cause a limp.

However it can be corrected without surgery using splints, plaster casts and boots. Naomi Davis, a leading paediatrician at Manchester Children’s Hospital who specialists in correcting club feet, said: ‘I think it is reasonable to be totally shocked that abortion is being offered for this.

‘It is entirely treatable. I can only think it is lack of information.’

Figures also show that four babies were aborted since 1996 because they were found to have webbed fingers or extra digits, which can be sorted out with simply surgery.

Remarkable pictures recently have revealed how at just 23 weeks baby in the womb appears to smile, yawn and flinch in pain.

In 2004 it emerged a baby was aborted at 28 weeks after scans showed it had a cleft palate. Curate Joanna Jepson tried to ensure criminal charges were brought against the two doctors involved but the authorities last year decided against prosecution.

She however vowed to continue in her fight to make terminations illegal after 24 weeks and to ensure cleft palates were not included within the term ‘serious handicap’ and used to justify late abortions.

Ms Jepson reacted angrily to news of the club foot abortions.

‘The law was not designed for this,’ she said. ‘Actions like these are fostering a disposable attitude to human life and I’m extremely concerned it is going on.

‘I am appalled that the medical profession is allowing or even suggesting abortions for these conditions.’

Sue Banton, founder of the group Steps for parents of children with foot disorders, said last year one couple decided to terminate a pregnancy at 25 weeks after discovering their baby would have a section of foot missing.

‘We gave them other families to talk to, but they just didn’t want to know,’ she said. ‘It is terrible.

‘I know lots of perfectly nice people with this condition and you just can’t imagine them not being here.’

Pippa Spriggs from Cambridge, whose son Isaac is celebrating his second birthday in July, was dismayed when as scan showed her baby had a club foot.

‘Abortion certainly was not openly advised but it was made clear to me it was available,’ she said.

‘In fact he has been treated and the condition has now slowed him down at all.’

Julia Millington, of the Alive and Kicking Campaign, said: ‘It is all about our perceptions of perfection.

‘Increasingly things are moving along the lines where nothing is good enough.

‘It seems we can no longer tolerate any imperfection.

‘Babies are at the mercy of ultrasound scans and what they may disclose.’

Michaela Aston, from the pro-life group LIFE, said: ‘One sympathises for many of the parents of these unborn children aborted after disability has been detected.

‘What information are they being given by healthcare professionals so that they can make a truly informed choice?

‘We suspect that many parents make the decision to opt for abortion in complete ignorance of the help and support available to children with disabilities and their families.

‘For this, health care professionals must shoulder a large part of the blame.

‘If, as a society, we are truly committed to equality for people with disabilities then such blatant discrimination against the disabled unborn must stop.’

But Jane Fisher of the charity Antenatal Results and Choices defended the right of parents to terminate pregnancies when defects are found. ‘This is not part of a move towards designer babies,’ she said.

‘These are difficult and painful issues.’

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This month….

marks that it has been 4 years since my first miscarriage. The miscarriage that threw me unwillingly into the land of loss. The beginning of 18 months of sorrow, pain and spirtitual growth. The journey that culminated in the joy of Mia’s birth.

I would miscarry 4 times in 9 months…..and again 2 months ago, before Christmas (a loss I am not at all ready to face or discuss much).

To always remember the losses that we suffered, I planted 4 rose bushes. They are blooming now, and the petals fall silently to the ground when the flowers wilt.

Fallen petals

That picture really depicts for me the silent suffering. The bright mark each one leaves, and the feeling of barrenness you associate with your womb, as it fails you again and again and again and again……..and more recently, again.

It also reminds me that even sorrow has a bright side, and that even the most bleak backdrop can be a canvas for something extraordinarily beautiful.

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His foot looks like…a straight foot!

After Quinn had his cast removed, I was apprehensive about posting a “gush” post about how wonderful his foot looked. Truth be told, it was a mess. A straight mess, but still a mess. It was stiff, peeling, stinky and he walked really funny. We spent about 2 weeks looking at each other and quietly saying “It looks worse than before”.

Fast forward, and the picture is complete, and we now know that all is well with his former clubfoot (he has decided that his clubfoot is gone and that he no longer has a “clubby”). It is fantatic. He walks straight, he stands straight, and best of all, he doesn’t trip over it and fall like he used to.

Now, the educated eye can see that something is different; but if you didn’t know he had clubfoot, you would never see a difference.

So, I present to you Quinn’s new, improved foot:

This is a TREMENDOUS improvement from before. We are pleased, and so is Quinn! It was so worth the anxiety etc. Isn’t it pretty?

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Hope

A recent search brought someone to my sight looking for hope. These simple words speak for themselves and brought it all back to me, awash in tears:

-4 miscarriages hope

My heart goes out to you, and yes, there is hope….I offer you proof:

I have added a new category to my sidebar titled Miscarriage Support. There are some very good support groups and a wealth of information, and I will be adding more links throughout the day. If anyone has a link they would like to add, just leave it in my comments below. I have also added a Clubfoot category.

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The Terminator strikes again

Whoa, I mean, talk about efficient. My body used to wrap this show up anywhere between 5-8 weeks. 4wks 1 d is a new record.

It is what it is, which means that it isn’t…..going to be that is. Another miscarriage. Oh goody. Started bleeding this morning.

The good news? Ummm…… lets see. There must be a ray of sunshine in here somewhere. Oh yes! It is happening early, so I won’t be going through all of this while the kids are opening their presents Christmas morning!

Ahem.

We are okay. A bit sad….and I am a bit pissed off at my body…. but, well, it is what it is.

Off to get some coffee. Will ponder this more after I have time to process it all.

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The details

So, we made it through the surgery and Quinn did so great. Thursday night at the hotel, he spiked a low grade fever of 101.2 and, well, you can just imagine how bad I was flipping out. His urticaria had returned a bit on his trunk, and FEVER dammit. His fever lasted all of 1 hour, we went to bed, and awoke with no fever and the rash gone. Go figure.

Thanks to Chris for turning me on to Lysol! It worked! Yeah! Now I am passing it back to you!

Actually, it was just meant to be and no amount of “control freaking” would have made it any different. But, hey! I am one to believe that you at least have to try! Right??

So, as I said, he flew through the surgery. He came out from the anesthesia without any difficulty, and life was grand.

He ended up with a tendo-achilles lengthening, a release of his posterior tibialis, and a release of his toe extensors (this was something Dr. W. decided to do right before surgery). The tendo achilles lengthening was not as successful as we had hoped. Without getting too technical, we were only able to gain 15% more dorsiflexion. It was hoped to increase by about 25-35%. This indicates that the problem is more likely to be in his ankle joint capsule, and this is not great news. It is quite crappy. If the release, casting and such do not work, then he will have to have surgery again, this time into the joint of the foot. Bah!

But, you know what. I have my little Quinnie. He is happy, smiling, and hs started walking on his foot. Bye, bye metal walker. He actually went to school this morning! The miracles of modern medicine!! Surgery on Friday, walking and school on Monday.

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Now what?

It is almost 1pm. Quinn’s surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning. He was on the list for somewhere between 11-11:30, but one of the kids ahead of him got cancelled, so now we are scheduled for 9-9:30. Quinn is a cranky boy in the morning until he gets some food in his belly. He usually eats around 7am, so we were in for a loooooong morning if he remained scheduled so late, so this is a good thing.

So, we leave in 3 hours. And guess what? I went in to the bathroom to give Quinn some toilet paper and I saw his legs looked red. I pulled his jeans off and his legs are one, big, swollen welt from toes to waist. It is the worst case of urticaria I have ever seen. It looks like a reaction to the new detergent that I bought….I hope. Lysol will not fix this problem.

Welts, dammit

I mean, come on. What are the odds AGAIN????

Is that some impressive welting, or what?!! He has had some benadryl and I am hoping the welts disappears in the next 17 hours.

FYI….this has never happened before to Quinn. Yep, it is a first. Isn’t that speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeecial?

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Divine intervention?

Well, the fever is gone. No more headache, crying or aching legs and stomach ache. Quinn woke up this morning, his usual self, and went to school. We are beyond baffled. He had fever anywhere between 101-103 yesterday afternoon, I gave him some Motrin, called the surgeon, he cancelled the surgery, the fever broke and he was completely fine all evening, never for it to return. He was sick for approximately 4 hours.

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Like I said, I think everything happens for a reason. I may never know the reason, but I have faith that goes beyond that need for that knowledge. Maybe it didn’t happen because Quinn’s doctor would have been in a car wreck on the way to the OR. Or maybe one of the nurses was upset or distraught over something and would have injected the wrong med dose into Quinn. Maybe there is someone who is hurting, and will need something that only Bill, Quinn or I can give . Maybe that someone will be at the hospital on November 11th.

If you want to ponder this further…the truth that there ARE no coincidences……rent the movie “Signs” . It is so great. For those who have seen it…..”Swing away Merrill. Merrill… swing away.”

“People break down into two groups when the experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I’m sure the people in Group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation isn’t fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they’re on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there’s a whole lot of people in the Group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they’re looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever’s going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?”

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Houston, we have a problem

The school called right before pick up time to tell me Quinn had a fever of 101. I picked him up, and he is sick, probably the flu. Poor little guy is miserable. He was fine when he left this morning for school. Ugh.

I talked with the surgeon and he cancelled the surgery. It has been rescheduled for November 11th.

I am putting him in a plastic bubble for the next two weeks, and will allow him no contact with the germy, outside world. Anyone who comes in contact with him will have to decontaminate themselves with germacide. Including his siblings for that matter, since he probably contracted this from his 11yo brother, who has been sick for over a week and still has not learned the art of covering his mouth when coughing.

Two more weeks of anticipation, stress and anxiety.

I am one to believe that everything happens for a reason, so I just need to chill and accept that today.

On the funny side, what were the odds that after almost 2 months of waiting, this would happen in the last 19 hours pre-op?????

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We are off

Time to head out. My MIL will be holding down the fort here with the 2 big boys.

If you would, please send up some prayers for Quinn. They would be much appreciated. His surgery is scheduled for 7:30 am tomorrow. It should take about 2 hours. I will not be back to update until Saturday or Sunday.

Quinn at the sea

Did I mention how stressed I am???????

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ATTENTION!!!!!

In reviewing my stats today, I found that someone came to my site while searching "termination due to clubfoot". 

Please, please, oh God, please come to my site again and see this post.  PLEASE e-mail me and I will show you my beautiful son who has clubfoot. He is gorgeous, funny, smart, adorable, and the joy of our lives and he is completely normal mentally and physically.  His foot is a minor bump in the road of his life.

I will give you phone numbers and websites of people who can help correct your child’s feet/foot when he/she is born. 

I feel so helpless.  Please contact me.  It is not hopeless.  Look at my son!

Best friends

His life is wonderful.  He runs, jumps, skips and hops like any other child.  He is learning to read now in school at age 4.  He gives the most delicious hugs, and gives "Eskimo kisses".  He climbs trees like a monkey, and has been riding a bike without training wheels since before his 4th birthday.  This year for his 5th birthday he wants a rainforest animal cake. 

His name is Quinn, and he doesn’t care one lick about his clubfoot.

So, please contact me.  Your child’s life will be amazing too. 

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A future visit to the OR

Have had a long day. 

Quinn had an appointment with his orthopedic doc, and the news was not the best.  I was expecting it, but it is still hurts my mind.   His foot was doing so great, then he had a HUGE growth spurt and all the stretching in the world was not going to work. 

Quinn will have to have surgery on his clubfoot leg.  He will be getting what is called a TAL(tendo Achilles lengthening) and a posterior tibial lengthening.  As far as clubfoot surgery goes, this is very minor.  He will have a 1 1/2 inch incision in his calf area, and the Achilles and the posterior tibialis will be lengthened at the point of muscle insertion.  He will be in the hospital for a day, then in a cast for 4 weeks, and it will be a walking cast at that. 

Thank God we did the Dimeglio method, because without it, Quinn would have had major reconstructive surgery, and recurrent problems his whole life.  Right now, his foot is structurally normal, meaning that all the bones are in the right place.  It is also completely functional.  It is just that the tight Achilles is keeping him from flexing his foot properly, and he is walking without putting the heel of his foot down all the way.  If it continues, then the foot can start changing structurally, and we do not want that.

While I am aware that there are worse things that could happen and I am well aware of my blessings and how fortunate we are, I am still whacked out and trying to process this information.  I can’t even begin to sort out the swirl of thoughts I am having, one of which is that we screwed up by not continuing through his 4th year with the use of the DBB brace that he wore at night.  I am mentally beating myself up for this, and no amount of encouragement will make me feel better about it.  There is no turning back, and I screwed up royally, IMHO.  Supposedly they should not have to wear the brace after age 4, but we should have continued….I am convinced of this. 

You cannot know how frustrated I feel.  You could never understand how hard the 6 months of DAILY 4 hour round trips to the physical therapist were (we lived 2 hours from the therapist and doctor).  This was followed by 3 more months of 3x week therapy, followed by 2 X week for another 3 months. You will never know how much love, heartache, time and effort was put into correcting his beautiful little foot.  I wanted so much to avoid surgery for him, but his clubfoot was so severe, and it seems that we have always known that this time would come….no matter how far into the sand I buried my head and heart.  Many tears were cried, and it seems they will continue. 

I welcome questions, although I may not have all the answers yet, as my brain is frozen and in need of lots of beer to lube it up a bit.  Also, I need to finish my little pity party.

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Testing, testing, one-two-three or four

So, my curiosity got the best of me.  A digital readout on a pregnancy test?  Now this I have to see.  So I purchased a box of Clear Blue Easy Digital, and brought it on home. 

Pregnancy tests are meant to be obsessed over.  You wait for at least 9 days post ovulation, so your curiosity is at an all time high.  You purchase the test, get home, rip the package open, and proceed with the instructions.  Then you wait….and watch.  You take it outside, tilt it just so.  You come back in and stare at it.  You put it away, and return a bit later to see if the results are still the same.  Is that a second line?  Hmm.  Let me take a digital photo of it and share it with my on-line, fellow obsessives.  Then you e-mail it around and discuss its positive possibilities. 

The makers of Clear Blue Easy digital really don’t get the whole obsessive, ritualness of the 2nd line hunt.  They have made it cut and dry.  If you are pregnant, the test says just that, "Pregnant".  If you are not, well, it says rather bluntly and insensitively, "Not Pregnant".  No squinting or tilting needed.  It is either a Big Fat Positive, or nothing at all.  No faint positives allowed, which is bad, because contrary to popular belief, you can be just a little bit pregnant.  It has happened to me, but that is another story.   

CBE, in spite of its new age digitalness, is a dinosaur in regards to when you can test.  One must wait until the first day of your missed period to test.   First Response Early Results can detect a pregnancy 5 days before your missed period.  Hmm, decisions, decisions….. digital readout? testing 5 days earlier?  What to do!  Well, in my world, the world of a spontaneous recurrent aborter, finding out early gives me the ability to start my nettle leaf and such to give the baby every chance to burrow in and stay put.  It can mean the difference between a full term pregnancy and a miscarried one.

But, as I said, curiosity got the better of me.  I did snag a two pack of FRER in addition to the new age sticks, just in case, and I tested today at 14 days post ovulation.   "Not pregnant" on CBE was confirmed by one pink line on a FRER.  No new news for me, as I had tested with a FRER on 9dpo and it was negative, even outside, while being tilted….but only after some fun obsessing as I looked for a second pink line. 

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He can walk, run, jump and dance with joy

First, if you are coming to this site in search of clubfoot information, please feel free to e-mail me and I can tell you about my son, Quinn, who has left clubfoot.  I would love to help out in any way that I can.

When we first found out that Quinn had severe clubfoot and had made the decision to utilize the French Physiotherapy method, I was living in stress-city.  Our insurance company had unofficially denied coverage for FP, so we were facing over $40,000 in physical therapy bills for just the first 6 months.  I remember calling the doctors office and freaking out.  The office billing clerk said to me "Mrs. Jody2ms, take a deep breath", I did, and waited.  She then said the most insightful words I could imagine at that point, in my 9 day post partum delirium.  She said "Mrs. 2ms, I know this is all very upsetting, but I want you to know…..your son WILL walk.  Dr. W goes to Haiti on mission trips to surgically correct clubfoot there, and the children’s clubfeet are so bad, they come down from the mountains walking on the tops of their feet to get to the clinics.  Their feet get corrected.  Your son’s will too."   It was then that I sat down on my kitchen floor and started crying.  I am a nurse, and I know clubfoot is not life threatening, but I was so scared for my tiny baby, and this woman spoke kindness to me.

So, my words to you are, your child will walk.  He/she will run, jump and dance.   You just have to decide what method of correction you chose to use.  If I can assist in directing you to Ponsetti, FP or a doc in your area who utilizes a non-surgical method for clubfoot correction, please e-mail me and I would be more than happy to help. I am getting anywhere from 3-5 hits each day from people searching for clubfoot information.

In other news, my left ovary saluted, and I am officially in the 2ww.  Please send good vibes, as this will be a stressful time for me given my miscarriage history and the fact that we have a full size bed and we co-sleep.  I can assure you we WILL be getting the California King of my dreams if I am pregnant, as we are already full to the brim with Mia, Bill, Quinn and I in the full.

Carry on.

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After all, clubfoot is not perfect.

There is a flurry of talk in the blog world about choosing a healthy child via adoption….one with little or no deformities. It’s another variation of the old infertile -vs- fertile war that I see raging daily.

Let’s go there. So, if I were to have done PGD with my 3rd pregnancy, and I ended up with 2 live embryos……2 fertilized, viable babies, and one was Quinn with left clubfoot and the other a normal male child, with no discernable abnormalities….which would I have chosen? This is purely hypothetical, because I could never make that kind of choice. I would want them both. But let’s play the game. Mind you I don’t have the same skills of telling the future that some have, so I would not have the foresight of knowing what an amazingly bright, gifted, funny, loving, precious child that Quinn would be. Would I terminate him to have a healthy baby? What if I was adopting and could choose between Quinn and a normal male child? You answer that hypothetical question, because if I did and chose the healthy male child, I would have to explain to my son why his clubfoot made him anything less than perfect.

I don’t have any problem with the adoption special needs checklist. These people can’t read your mind. They ask these questions to understand what your expectations are. They are trying to pair you with a child that you need and that needs you. If you want a child with no obvious deformities, then check no to all the boxes. That is your choice and that is the EFFING purpose of the checklist.

These are children for crying out loud. Not some checklist of abnormalities. If you choose not to adopt a child with clubfoot because you need a perfect, healthy child to love and experience, more power to you. There is nothing selfish about this. You have been through so much. But lets not forget that it is not just a clubfoot. It is a human being with all the same emotions as you. My heart breaks and I cry as I write this because what I got from all the posts that I read is that my child is not perfect, therefore not worthy of being an infertile persons dream child. You see, I learned something today……. infertile people deserve a healthy child, just like me. Tell that to Quinn.

Quinny

We started adoption paperwork to adopt a child from China one month before I got pregnant with Amelia, and we did fill out the special needs checklist……we checked clubfoot, because hindsight is 20/20.

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His foot looks a bit different…

This morning, as I was making coffee for DH and I, I heard my kids in the bathroom teasing each other. They were imitating voices, but I stopped dead in my tracks when I heard my oldest son, Cory (9), making fun of how another child in his class talked.

I stopped what I was doing and called both boys into the kitchen. I explained to Cory, with tears in my eyes, that it was very unkind to make fun of anyone. Bill said to Cory "Quinn has his clubfoot, and walks different. One day someone might make fun of him. How would that make you feel?"

What hurt me so much was that my son was capable of being cruel to someone else. As parents we hope to high heaven that our children will not mock or taunt another child. We try and teach them kindness, love and empathy. I guess this was a moment of teaching and I hope he listened well.

It gave me a moment of thought about Quinn. He is such a sweet, gorgeous child….one that was born with idiopathic left clubfoot. At birth, it was rated a 17 on the 0-20 clubfoot scale, with 20 being the worst. there was little hope that it could be corrected without multiple surgeries. At age 3 1/2, Quinn has yet to experience the pain of surgery. His foot was corrected with the Dimeglio Physiotherapy Method for Clubfoot correction. It was daily massage and strategic taping that was done for 1 year. Today he rates about a 1 on the 0-20 scale and is considered corrected. He still has some "toeing in" of his forefoot, but his ortho doc is not concerned.

His foot looks a bit different. It is a full size smaller, and he skips when he runs. He has about 40% less muscle in his left calf than on his right side, so his leg looks skinny. One day I put a pair of crew socks on him with his tennis shoes and we went to play on the playground with a friend. My friend watched him and then said "Wow, I can really tell the difference in his legs with those socks on him. It is really a ton smaller" Gee, thanks. I really needed to hear that. Why don’t you say it a bit louder so Quinn can hear you. Shesh, if the parents are doing it, I can bet the kids will too.

Will he be teased? My heart aches at the thought. But for now, all I can do is teach my children kindness and love, hoping that they are listening and taking mental notes.

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