On the Morning of Your Surgery

I wrote this before Reid’s first surgery last Fall and now we’re gearing up for another one. Not on his thumb this time though, this round is with a urologist for a minor procedure, but the surgery sentiments are the same. I’ll never get over my mix of love and hate for this process. So thankful that […]

GUEST POST — Norah’s Polydactyly Story

So happy to have Mama Stephanie sharing her daughter, Norah’s story today! My daughter, Norah, was born in the summer of 2014. She had a head full of dark hair and was absolutely beautiful! Within a few minutes of being delivered, the doctor announced that she had a double thumb on her left hand. To […]

Part Three — Reid’s Polydactyly Reconstruction

We had our post-op appointment last week and I went solo with all 3 kids. You can imagine the comical event that that was. I promised 100 things for listening ears and quiet voices. I packed books and snacks. I tried to time naps perfectly. And, I fueled our trip with a salted caramel frappe from one […]

Part Two — Reid’s Polydactyly Reconstruction

We drove to Seattle on Thursday morning, September 1st; Reid’s 8 month birthday. I had dreaded surgery day for weeks, but felt a big wave peace on our drive north. A lot of people were praying for us and we felt it.  We checked into the Bellevue Surgery Center and Reid smiled sweetly for his […]

Guest Post — Bailey’s Polydactyly Story, Part Two

Today’s we’re at Seattle Children’s for Reid’s surgery. I’ll be sharing what and when I can over on Instagram. While I’m out, Kristyn has returned with the rest of Bailey’s thumb polydactyly story. If you missed the part one, here it is! We celebrated Bailey’s first Easter just two days after she came home from the hospital […]

Guest Post — Bailey’s Polydactyly Story, Part One

After sharing about Max’s double thumb I was blessed to virtually meet a few moms who have also had children born with polydactyly. I connected with even more after Reid was born with thumb polydactyly on the opposite hand as his brother. This is why I love the internet, it brings people together! Kristyn is one of […]

Part One — Reid’s Polydactyly Reconstruction

You know what sucks?  Prepping for surgery. For your child. I mean, I assumed that with kids I might have to weather a surgery or two for various mishaps over the years. I pray I won’t, but let’s face it, having 3 kids kinda sorta prompts the reality of ER potential for at least one of […]

When They’re Not Perfect

Perfect probably isn’t the right word. But, when your baby is born a parent’s hope is ultimate health. That complete health often equals “perfection”. So, when something is “wrong” a piece of your heart breaks. Your child isn’t whole, something is amiss, you have decisions to make, and a future to consider. You are filled […]

Max’s Surgery Anniversary

Two months before Max’s surgery our dear photographer took lifestyle portraits of Max. To this day, they’re still some of my favorites. Probably always will be because I am a sappy, lovey mama who thinks her children are adorably perfect and sweet. Every inch of them! I had always been protective of Max’s extra thumb, […]

The Day I Counted To 11

It takes a long time for me to process things. After my marathon labor with Jemma I focused on my new life as a mama and never processed the events of her arrival. Well, not until I was pregnant with Max and broke down from fear of experiencing labor again. During my first trimester I […]

An Update On Max’s Thumb

Max has checked off three more doctor’s appointments, all of which resulted in good news! Yippee!   First up was his final appointment at Mary Bridge. We met with his surgeon who checked out his incision. She gave him a thumbs up on its’ healing and unless we have any further concerns we don’t have […]