Friday, February 3, 2012

The Cast: Update

In my last post about Eleanor's cast I was very excited because she was going to have to wear the cast for 3 weeks, but after 2 weeks the doctor said she didn't have to get a third cast. I was finally going to have a little baby with proportional limbs and I would stop getting looks from people that said "That woman let her newborn break her leg, what a terrible mother". Things were wonderful. The doctor said he wanted to see her back in one month to check her progress.

Well, one month was yesterday. Sadly, my little baby girl came home from that appointment with another cast. I was seriously so upset when the doctor said we needed to cast her for another 3 weeks. Part of me is really angry that the doctor didn't just put the 3rd cast on her to begin with...but I know he is just trying to do what is best for her. Last time I talked about what an angel Eleanor was while getting the cast on; there was nothing angelic about the second time around. It took everything in me not to cry while they were putting it on her, she just wailed and wailed, it was awful. Thankfully, she fell asleep on the car ride home. Then, I went to book club and left her with Peter. When she woke up she started right up where she left off, poor Peter, and just screamed and screamed and screamed.

It is so sad. Eleanor LOVES to kick her feet and she LOVES putting weight on her legs and standing up on our laps, she can't do that anymore, and it is so frustrating for her.

The worst part about all this is, the doctor said the risk with this 3 weeks is it might not change anything. He says she will most likely have problems with her foot in her adult life if we can't correct it more, and this casting is the last chance to correct it, and it might not do anything. That is my biggest fear, that she might be going through all this for no change at all. However, Peter keeps reminding me that we will really regret it if we didn't do everything possible to try and correct it now, so I think we are doing the right thing. It's just so hard to watch her go through this, but I know it will all work out. I just love her so much!

We waited like 2 and a half hours before the doctor came in to see us. This was before we found out the news, hence Peter's smile. Doesn't Eleanor look so tiny on that big table? :)

Before they casted her leg, they told me to undress her down to her diaper. So I did. Then, they made us wait like 25 minutes before they casted her, so she was freezing. Peter was nice enough to share his suit jacket.

And here it is. At least they let us do purple this time instead of boring white.

 She is just so cute...cast and all!


  1. Bless that sweet baby's heart. I will be praying for her foot!!
    Kortney, you are a wonderful mother. xoxoxo

  2. So sorry you guys are having to go through this... It must be hard to see a cast on your perfect little baby :/ praying that baby E will have perfect feet after this!

  3. Your a great mother and i pray she gets better and the cast helps i started crying reading this putting blake in her shoes... I know all will work out :P)

  4. Poor little girl! I hope this helps get everything right with her foot!

  5. You are a great mom- keep up the great work! Sorry to hear about this cast business- it sounds awful. New babies are hard enough!

    I'm in Provo- if I can ever help- please let me know :)


  6. I'm so sorry! It's so hard to see your little one in pain. I'm thinking about you guys, and hoping that this cast works. :)