Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A trip down memory lane

Tim was born in September of 1998. In May of that year before he was born I had a Level 2 ultrasound done and found out that he would be born with clubbed feet. I didn't take too many pictures of his feet but this is one I have that show his feet were turned in and up! When he was two weeks old we took him to Children's Hospital in Boston. After his first exam we were told that they would try casting to see how that would work. (I was hoping he wouldn't need surgery!). I was not expecting them to take by 2 week old baby into the casting room and begin that day. They casted his feet by over compensating and turning them in the opposite direction. Let me tell you, not only was he crying but I was a WRECK!!! I cried the whole ride home from Boston and for days.

This picture in one of his first nights with the casts. He had new ones put on every 2 weeks for 6 months. He never needed surgery and I think he has a lovely set of feet now. :)

When he was about two/three years old I took these pictures of him and made a scrapbook page of his feet!
This is what I wrote:

I remember when you were born with clubfeet. I wondered how it would effect your life. When you were two weeks old and got your first casts I cried! I cried because I thought that there would be so much that you would miss out on. I cried because you were so little to be in the discomfort that you would have to endure. I cried because you were going to be different. Now as I look at those sweet little feet of yours I cry again. I am a bit ashamed of myself for putting so much emphasis on your outside appearance. You have helped me to understand unconditional love. I marvel at you! I marvel at your spirit and how it has touched my life. You, my little boy, are a REMARKABLE FEAT!

Watching Tim grow up (I'm not supposed to call him Timmy any more according to him!) I can honestly say it has not made a difference in anything he wants to do. I am very proud of the boy he has become.

take care,


Debi said...

Oh my Dawn...what a lovely, lovely post! It both brought tears to my eyes and a huge warm smile to my heart! I so love that page with its heartfelt journaling that you made for Tim.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

This is so sweet...brought tears to my eyes too!

I taught with a young teacher that had a child with the same problem...it was so hard on her. Now you would never know it. Thank goodness for miracles!


jeanne said...

Good morning Dawn. Thank goodness I am back to feeling good in the mornings. I had a couple of days where I just couldn't get myself together. Post surgery I guess.

Your story about Tim's feet made me cry this morning. I don't know what I would do if I was faced with such a thing with my new baby. You were so brave to go through with it all and not knowing the outcome would make it worse. Thank the Lord his feet look perfect. I actually never heard of a baby that was born with clubbed feet. Tim is a 'remarkable feat.'

Love, Jeanne

Beverly said...

What a precious treasure that sweet boy is. I have a hard time not thinking of him as Timmy.

And, I know for a fact that he is blessed with a remarkable mother.

Darlene said...

What a beautiful post. That must have been so hard on you to see your baby with those casts on his feet. It is remarkable the technology now days. I am so glad he didn't have to go through surgery.

By the way, I got my market bag...LOVE IT!!!! Also, cute little extra...that made me laugh!! Thank YOU so much!!!

Nola @ AlamoNorth said...

I'm crying like a baby; that is so sweet. How wonderful that you left a note about his feet in your scrapbook. That is such an inspiration for other mothers' who may be feeling the same way!

Anonymous said...

Thank you sharing this dear little story of this dear little son of yours. Its lovely. He certainly had to perservere at such a young age as you did too!

Its wonderful that everything turned out so well in the end.

Have a lovely day.
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Anonymous said...

Wow! you great looking boy there!
I see you keep very busy. I bet its hard to find time for yourself.

God Bless!

In His Love,
Terry Burton

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Oh Dawn, what a sweet and touching post! His little feet in the scrapbook page are so precious, and I love the little insert you wrote! Your scrapbooking is really cute! I wish you lived closer! I need a good scrapbooking buddy!

I laughed when you said you had to call him Tim, instead of Timmy. David REALLY doesn't like to be called Dave!

Oh, and try the Indian Corn with chocolate...it is much better than Candy Corn! :) ~Rhonda

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh how remarkable is that ! I am so glad he had to have no surgery.I know you were glad to. Your a sweet mama Dawn. Hugs to you!

Kim's Treasures said...

Great post Dawn! Love his feet! It must have been so hard to hear him cry!

Have a great day!