Cuddles with Baby Holly

SOME parents face really terrible and tragic circumstances with their children. Luckily that hasn’t befallen us. But we have had some minor scares and it’s never easy. Nobody tells you it’s like this when you take on the role of mum. (Maybe they know we’d all chicken out if we did.)
On Saturday, while Baby Holly was trying her best to crawl, we realised one of her arms wasn’t straight. It appeared to turn downwards – so much so it looked as if it was dislocated.

Driving the ``boat''

After an excruciating journey via Dr Google, the Parenting Helpline, the ER and then finally yesterday our wonderful GP, we’ve been told Baby Holly likely has a muscle imbalance. It’s linked to the extreme flexibility that allows our little bubbas to do things like touch their eyebrows with their toes. Oh, to still be able to do that!

Playing with her toes in the highchair

Of course, we have to monitor her over the next month in case her development halts, but for now I can finally sleep easy – when she actually allows me to sleep, of course. Now, that’s a whole other post.

Showing off how she can now sit by herself!

I’ll never stop worrying about my two girls. Well, it is my job. But let’s hope it’s a while before I have to go through this degree of panic again.

My baby girl

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22 Responses to FEATURE: What’s wrong with Baby Holly?

  1. Caz says:

    So glad it’s nothing to worry about. You are right. Once you become mum it opens the door to a life time of worry – it just seems to be part of the job description. You know that quote about you hearting walking outside your own body. How does that go? Up last night so my brain cells won’t kick in for another coffee or so. So glad she is doing so well 🙂

    • Kel says:

      hehe!! Yes, I know the one. “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone. So true.
      Thanks so much for your thoughts, Caz. 🙂

  2. judith perez bejar says:

    Glad u found what was it and u paid attention in the things ur baby do , because some parents doesnt care .. good she is fine and she is so pretty a lovely princess, and u pls relax and is a good tip to check it out when the little ones begin to crawl .. thanks for share your Experience.

    • Kel says:

      Hubby keeps repeating the same thing to me, Judith. I’ve been worried we’ve been “overreacting parents”. But as he, and you, have pointed out, it shows we care. Thanks. 🙂

  3. amie says:

    So glad that everything is ok – sounds very scary, I think it is the not knowing/waiting that is the killer.

    • Kel says:

      So true, Amie. I could have relaxed if we’d got an answer on Saturday, but instead we had to wait all weekend. So torturous!
      Thanks for thinking of us! 🙂

  4. Tat says:

    My son is hyperflexible, too, and his knees turn inwards. Even though specialists say not to worry, we still do…. it’s great that all is ok with Holly 😉

    • Kel says:

      Thanks Tat. It’s actually quite reassuring to hear from other mum’s who have been through the same experience. Hope everything is working out OK with your little man! 🙂

  5. Cheryle says:

    i never ‘grew’ out of it my knees will go back the wrong way at any given moments , although its been a few years since ive attempted to do ‘party tricks’ with limbs that do strange things . I’m sure she will be fine , but can apprechiate how scary it can be when things arnt not quite right . like a two year old with a dislocated shoulder blade . a Crawling Holly sounds like a lot of fun and mistife to be had .

    • Kel says:

      LOL!! Wow, I never thought of the “party trick” aspect! My goodness, a two-year-old with a dislocated shoulder blade would certainly have me worrying.
      And yes, it’s strange to now put Holly down and then turn around and she’s not there!! She’s still not quite crawling, but has managed to figure out how to slide, roll and pull herself across the room. Now the fun begins… 🙂

  6. Erin has low normal trunk tone which makes her run funny (read very very cute), but of course it’s not severe enough for her to qualify for care from a physio. Which brings me to my point, did the doctor give you any exercises to try with Holly? If not, and you’re still concerned, see about getting a referral to a physio.

    • Kel says:

      Hey Bec, thanks for that tip. No, he didn’t give us any exercises to do with her. We had the choice to get her x-rayed or wait until she starts actually crawling (she’s still at the sliding and rolling stage at the moment) to see if anything changes. We elected to wait.
      We might monitor it and then if it doesn’t improve, look into physio. Thanks. 🙂

  7. She is just so so so gorgeous.

    Sometimes I wonder if Dr Google is a help or a hindrance though.

    • Kel says:

      Thanks Clairey!! I totally agree. The temptation to consult Dr Google is just too great sometimes and then you regret it afterwards!! Kind of like KFC!! hehe!! 🙂

  8. She’s such a gorgeous little bub!! So glad that she is alright 🙂
    My view is – better to be safe than sorry.
    Better to look like an over anxious parent, then to wish we perhaps delved deeper into the matter.
    Recently, a close friend of mine went to the emergency department with her 11 month old. She was told by three different doctors that it was just a “fever” and sent home.
    It wasn’t a fever. It was meningitis which morphed into an infection on her spinal cord and brain. Luckily her mum is a nurse and wouldn’t accept a “fever” as the diagnosis.
    She almost died. I tear up just writing this.
    Alexis spent her first birthday post op in Westmead children’s hospital after being operated on her brain. She was told she may not make it through the night.
    Two months on and she is almost completely recovered. I just think that it is our job as parents to worry. If we don’t, then who will?

    • Kel says:

      That breaks my heart, Romina. Really frightening. There’s something in the line: a mother knows best. I think a mother’s instinct is more often than not, spot on! So glad to hear Alexis is now fully recovered. I can’t imagine what her parents went through.
      Thanks for sharing that. You’ve highlighted how important it is as parents to continue to ask questions until we get the answers we want.

  9. So glad all is well with Holly!

  10. Elisha Squire says:

    Im glad everything is ok Kel, Its scary being a mum – I have had many many moments like this and i know i will have many many more! I love your photos by the way – I think Holly looks like those gorgeous little babies you see on Huggies ads! She is beautiful !

    • Kel says:

      Awww, thanks Elisha! She is definitely a “roly poly” bubba!!
      Yes, it certainly isn’t an easy ride, but I guess the tough times make the wonderful moments that much more special. 🙂

  11. It is scary when something is or potentially wrong with one of your kids. I remember for years having anxiety after Airlie was born at 27weeks gestation making her 13weeks premature.
    I’m glad to hear your little one is okay that must be such a relief!

    • Kel says:

      Oh, I can’t imagine what you went through, Fiona. That would be incredibly tough.
      They certainly know how to make us worry!! Which is, of course, how I accumulated all those extra lines around my eyes!! That, and lack of sleep! LOL!

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