Argh! I even wrote this on time, just forgot to make it live.
Well, Christmas Day Hattie turned 10 months. This last month might have been the hardest yet. Emotionally, behaviorally, and in many other ways. Last we left of she was a happy 9 month old who didn't crawl. She is now a happy 10 month old who doesn't crawl, though standing, and walking with assistance are her new favorite things. But, at her 9 month appointment she was referred to a pediatric orthopedic specialist because she was not crawling and our doctor noticed asymmetric thigh folds on her legs (her left leg has an extra roll that her right leg does not), and then a subsequent x-ray revealed that one of her hips was in a slightly more shallow position.
It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me because in my heart of hearts I really thought everything was fine, it was just her personality/disposition/temperament. However, I didn't want to question the doctors, especially when like most conditions, hip dysplasia has its best outcomes when caught and treated early. I went back and forth on how I thought, I wasn't truly worried, it would just be something we would deal with. It would be hardest on me, by far. Hattie would never know the difference. She would need to have an open or closed reduction (while anesthetized) and then approximately 3 months in a full body casts. How do you change a diaper in a cast? Will we have to get a new carseat? How will she ever learn to crawl/walk!? My mind went wild, but all the while, as I said, I had a peace that whatever the result, we'd be ok.