Friday, October 6, 2006

Road Trip and a misplaced hip

WOW! Today is our big day. We're going to Kentucky for Ben and Rebekah's wedding--yea!! This will be Cora's first big road trip. Right now, as far as we can tell, she loves car rides, but I don't know if she loves 5 HOUR car rides. I guess we'll find out quickly.

This week we found out that Cora has some slight hip displasia. On Monday, we got the call telling us that she would have to wear a brace. I imagined it would be something simple that would just fit on over her diaper that she'd wear only when she was sleeping. (I'm no doctor, obviously) I imagined WRONG. Geron says her brace looks like "liederhosen". Its a pink strappy type thing that goes from shoulder to toe pretty much. She can wear it over her clothes and we can change her diaper without taking the brace off. The really rough part is that she has to wear it 23 hours a day for 8 weeks.

Miss Cora does not like to be restricted. The thing keeps her legs in a squatting position, so she can't stretch them straight out. When she was fitted for the brace, she pitched a royal tantrum. Her face turned bright red, her bottom lip got tight and started quivering and then she just howled at us. It was absolutely awful seeing our baby so upset and not being able to do anything for her. After the first day, her tantrums got shorter, but there are a few moments where you know she's just so upset about not being able to stretch. We treasure the hour where she doesn't have to wear it. I strip her down to her diaper and cuddle her and play with her toes and rub her back. And then I pass her off to Geron so he can do the same thing. Cuddling with the brace on has become rather awkward, but we do that too as much as we can.

This incident with Cora has only given me a tiny glimpse of what the Lord must have felt seeing his son on the cross. How incredible it is to see how He uses parenting to teach us more about His grace. We really have soooo much for which to be thankful.

So, today Cora, Daddy and Mommy are going to Kentucky, brace and all. We'll get to see some great college friends and church friends. And Cora is especially looking forward to spending some time with Granny and Grandpa. She's only seen Grandpa twice since she was born and they were instant buddies. (I'm just waiting for her to yank a hold of his beard and pull as hard as possible. ) She's going to meet lots of new people, so I hope she'll be on her best behavior. HA! She's a really great baby, actually. A lot of her fussy spells have seemed to left the building (with Elvis.) Please keep us in your prayers while we travel. We'll blog about the trip when we get back.


Anonymous said...

First of all, I have been praying for you all and especially for Cora ever since you told me about the hip stuff. And secondly, I cannot wait to see you this weekend!

You are so right about how God teaches us so much about His grace through parenting. I know that is one thing that Jeff and I have marveled at watching Bryan struggle with his health so much lately... just how awesome God was to sacrifice His son. WOW! I am so thankful for a love like that!

I love you all... see ya Sunday!

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

I'm so sorry that Miss Cora has to wear lederhosen, but I'm also thankful that your doctors caught it now and it can be corrected in 8 weeks. That's a miracle. If she were older when it was discovered, it would take much longer to be realigned. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and I can't wait to meet Miss C!

Suze said...

sorry about the hip displacement. our little one has to have surgery in dec - a routine, easily fixable thing, but it's still surgery and we wish he didn't have to have it.

by the way, i love that you call her Miss Cora. What a little lady!

Everett said...

That close-up picture of Miss Cora on the bed is my favorite picture of her so far. I think she really looks like her Mama in that one.