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Even though these two goofballs gave me the scare of my life Sunday night, they're still being silly as usual. So thankful that neither of them were hurt worse in the accident. It's gonna be a tough 6 weeks with this spica cast but Mari is strong and smart and we'll pull through, especially with the support of our friends and family ❀️ #hellobabymariko #spicacast

Well, things didn't go as planned... we had been told that the surgery would only take 3 hours, so after 4 hours of waiting we assumed there had been a change of surgery plans.
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We knew going into the surgery that there was a risk that her hips wouldn't be properly manipulated into place by doing a "closed reduction" which would have only required a tiny nick to her ligaments, then she would be casted with no real invasive action required.
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Unfortunately Maddison's hips just wouldn't go into her sockets. So they had to preform a more invasive operation called and "open reduction". This required the surgeon to open her hips up surgically, clean out her hip sockets and trim her ligaments before her hips could be placed into the socket.
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This doesn't really change what we had planned for her recovery, although she does have incisions now.
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They have done an X-ray and are very happy with her hip placement. There are hopes that doing this procedure will have a higher chance at fixing her #HipDysplasia. So hopefully no further action will have to be taken.
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She had no issue waking up from the anesthetic this time around which was a huge relief. She's only on minimal pain killers at the moment and hasn't required any morphine. And she's rocking her purple #SpicaCast πŸ’œ
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Currently she isn't managing her secretions very well and she is choking a lot which is requiring multiple suctions. This means we won't be able to leave her unattended, so our much anticipated night without children has changed to mom sleeping on a mat on the floor beside her bed in a room with 3 other patients and their families.
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Thanks for all the prayer and support, we will try to keep everyone as updated as we can.

Just airing out his stinky cast on the front porch with his papa and some dinosaurs. Oh, and ONE MORE WEEK PEOPLE! πŸ˜­πŸ™ŒπŸΌ#spicacastlife #spicacast #romanaugustclark #cantwaittoseehisotherwhiteleg #brokenfemur

2.15.2017 - Jackie got some good sleep last night and is acting much more like herself this morning πŸ’œ Her heart rate and blood pressure were both running low overnight but I'm hoping that will resolve today. They are keeping a close eye on her and the nursing staff has been great. She was so happy to have some baby food by mouth this morning ❀️ Positioning for feeding was tricky with this cast; we elevated the bed, dada propped her by the cast and I spoon feed her. This clunky thing will be her constant companion for the next 5-6 weeks 😫 it's gonna be tons of fun πŸ™ƒπŸ˜πŸ™„πŸ˜’ #CHARGEon #hipdysplasia #spicacast #chargesyndrome #warrior

[12 months old] - you weighed 11.6kg before you went in for surgery last week and I estimate you between 79-80cm tall! You've had a very big month from commando crawling so fast and getting into everything around the house to taking a few awkward steps whilst holding onto the coffee table. You babble a lot and talk to us often, you can say "Dadda, Mumma & Bubba"! You have 8 teeth and I'm sure there are more on their way. When you get excited your eyes light up and you go "ooooh ooooh" it's pretty gorgeous. You ate your first dinner that Mumma & Dadda also ate just the other night and you loved it, but you love ALLLLL the food. The biggest thing to happen though was your stay at PMH to have your developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) corrected, resulting in you being placed in this lovely bright green #spicacast we are so, so proud of how well you dealt with everything that involved having this procedure... you are so brave! This is your very last green bottle photo and I just can't believe it. We've watched you grow from being our tiny 3.5kg, 54.5cm newborn to our now big ONE year old and it has been the best year of our lives. Happy Birthday Hugo Daniel Ahern, we love you so, so much! Xx
#hugodanielahern
#hugomilestones
#hugogreenbottle

Surprised my sister with a visit to California this weekend! Im so glad Denis and I were able to go help out with Luna for Stella's procedure. Also, thank you to all my friends who although may not know my niece, kept Stella in your prayers. πŸ’•#StellaVivianaAntu #LunaValentinaAntu #hipdysplasia #hippybaby #spicacast
@mjantu @apocantu @denis_carreon

A spica cast takes grocery shopping with a baby to an entirely new level. #PiperRae #spicacast #spicababy

My baby girl is walking!!! I feel like they are her first steps ever πŸ˜‚ #spicacast #itsalmostoff @ptdawg504

Well first time she's stood up with some support without her brace on today. It's been a very long 8 months so That's a pretty big accomplishment in my book. Obviously very scared but can't hold her back because we're scared, she's a very determined little girl and don't want to stop that

#hipdysplasiaawareness #hipdysplasia #congenitalhipdysplasia #spica #spicacast

MOST RECENT

The past two days Maddison has been full of smiles. Much more than we have ever seen before 😁 this mama is loving the joy.
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Today we had a meeting with Maddison's physiotherapist and development coordinator. Both were really happy to see how Maddison is coming along and they were super impressed with Maddison's love for food - even though she doesn't swallow. Again, they are very happy with all that we are doing to help progress Maddison development and we won't be making any changes until after the cast is off.
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There's talk of specialized seating and a possibility of motorized transportation for her in the future πŸ›΅πŸ’¨
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But the ball won't get rolling until her cast is off.
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Count down is on: 3 weeks!
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#myarmsaresore #thiscastissoheavy #12lbsat11months #tinybaby #spicacast #hipdysplasia #ddh #physiotherapy #developmenttherapy #countdown #developmentallydelayed #infantdevelopment #specialneeds

LOOK WHOS TURNED ONE!

Our sweet little boy celebrated his 1st birthday today.
I cant believe how quick the past year has gone, its been pretty crazy with him being born early, his hip journey, a few surgeries in the family, and adjusting to having 2 gorgeous kids but I've learnt to embrace it!
Also, what makes today extra special is Nathan shares his birthday with my Dad 😍
#nathansjourneytohealthyhips
#healthyhipsaustralia
#ddhawareness
#spicacast
#spicalife
#birthdayboy
#1stbirthday

Ivy is ten months old today. πŸ’•βœ¨πŸ’• She's doing well in her cast-- she learned to crawl in it, and she's eating & sleeping well. It's starting to get pretty stinky, but at the end of August they'll replace it with a new one. That will be the halfway point! It's been hard to leave the house because it's been so hot and she gets overheated, but we try our best. I'm so grateful for her attitude and generally jolly disposition. πŸ˜„βœ¨

Well first time she's stood up with some support without her brace on today. It's been a very long 8 months so That's a pretty big accomplishment in my book. Obviously very scared but can't hold her back because we're scared, she's a very determined little girl and don't want to stop that

#hipdysplasiaawareness #hipdysplasia #congenitalhipdysplasia #spica #spicacast

Poor little dudes been unwell last night. So we are currently waiting to see a dr at the hospital. Somehow i dont think cast change is going to happen tomorrow... and he could really do with one after the last 12 hours! 🀒

#nathansjourneytohealthyhips
#healthyhipsaustralia
#ddhawareness
#hipsysplasiaawareness
#spica
#spicacast
#spicalife

My little #spica princess Ivy. 4 weeks in her #spicacast, 2 more to go until her next cast change, so proud of this little girl of mine πŸ’–

Just found this gorgeous photo on my phone. Must have been taken by hubby whilst playing with Nathan over the weekend. Love finding surprises on my phone.

#nathansjourneytohealthyhips
#healthyhipsaustralia
#ddhawareness
#hipdysplasiaawareness
#hipdysplasia
#spicacast
#spica
#peeekaboo
#suprisephoto
#perthkids
#happybaby

Day 7️⃣
Our final instalment of a week in our life. Behind everything we are a very close and goofy family. We are always together, making silly songs and playing games. I don't think we would have such a positive outlook on things if we couldn't see the joy in the simple things. You have to be able to laugh at yourself!
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We are almost always together although, but I don't have much photo evidence as Alastair doesn't like to be in front of the camera.
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You won't find us too far from home, we haven't been anywhere but to hospital and the grocery store in almost a year πŸ™Š I'm hoping that we will be able to branch out soon! But we do everything together when we can.
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Our family is such a good team, and we work so well all together. There is so doubt there is a lot of love in our family.
We work hard, play hard, and love to the fullest ❀️
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#ourfamily #handsfull #busymothering #motherhoodunplugged #behindthescenesparenting #parenting #specialneeds #toddlerboy #babygirl #gowiththeflow #makingmemories #gtube #tubiebaby #hipdysplasia #spicacast #findingbalance #instamommy #momswithcameras #adaptiveparenting #specialneedsparenting #familytime #crazylife #laughatyourself

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