This is Miss Glade taking, not her very first step, but not far off it. I know this is a special moment for any parent but this picture brings up a whole heap of emotion for me. Let me explain.
Ms Glade was a breach baby, her legs used to swing by her ears whenever her nappy was changed. However, apart from a bit of double nappying, she was fine.
Miss Glade was not a breach baby. However, when she was checked in hospital and some concerns about her hips were raised, I thought well, we have done this before, we will pop along to the appointment in six weeks, it will be fine.
She wasn’t fine! She was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia at six weeks. Her beautiful clothes were removed and, she was left in just her vest as she was fitted for a Pavlik Harness. I was devastated.
She didn’t like it, she appeared to be uncomfortable in it and made a crying, wimpering sound for most of the day. When I mentioned it to the Health Visitor she said the sound arriving at the same as the harness was a co-incidence, I don’t think it was. The upshot is that we both struggled with the harness wearing, especially on her christening day.
She didn’t have it removed for another seven months or so and, she attended regular physiotherapy sessions for some time after. We were warned that her walking would be delayed and that further intervention was more likely than not.
Therefore, when she started to pull herself up, first on my knee then the furniture, I didn’t stop her as had been suggested. I considered that if it hurt her, she wouldn’t do it and keep doing it, so I encouraged her. Sure enough she walked at thirteen months – without any further intervention.
If the lady from Clarks Shoe Shop in Chester ever reads this , thank you for just ignoring the fact that I couldn’t stop crying when we bought her first pair of shoes, thank you for pretending I was acting normally! Thank you for caturing that moment on a Polaroid camera!
I’m just off to pull myself back together, it has been that sort of week!
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Have a lovely day!