my boys 2012

my boys 2012
Coleman is 6 Carter is 7

What is hypochondroplasia?

Hypochondroplasia is a form of short-limbed dwarfism. This condition affects the conversion of cartilage into bone (a process called ossification), particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs. Hypochondroplasia is similar to another skeletal disorder called achondroplasia, but the features tend to be milder.

All people with hypochondroplasia have short stature. The adult height for men with this condition ranges from 138 centimeters to 165 centimeters (4 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 5 inches). The height range for adult women is 128 centimeters to 151 centimeters (4 feet, 2 inches to 4 feet, 11 inches).

People with hypochondroplasia have short arms and legs and broad, short hands and feet. Other characteristic features include a large head, limited range of motion at the elbows, a sway of the lower back (lordosis), and bowed legs. These signs are generally less pronounced than those seen with achondroplasia and may not be noticeable until early or middle childhood. Some studies have reported that a small percentage of people with hypochondroplasia have mild to moderate intellectual disability or learning problems, but other studies have produced conflicting results.

Me and Carter and Coleman

Me and Carter and Coleman
easter 2011

My Weather

Carter 5yrs /Coleman 3yrs

Carter 5yrs /Coleman 3yrs

Thursday, February 25, 2010

short, little legs

Today was picture day at school. Like most pictures we have taken I was stressed out!, and Coleman was ticked off at what he was wearing. He is still little so I put him in one of Carters one piece sailor suits he had worn at 7 months old. He was adorable but it did look a little babyish for an almost four year old, mistake on my part. When we got to school one of his class mates said "look at his cute little legs". She did not mean anything by it but he ran to his bag and got a pair of pants and immediately put them on. We couldn't leave the pants on for the picture, but for his sake I left the pants on till the last second and we got a beautiful picture. Poor thing gets that all the time.

Then the next day at swimming lessons some other girl about 3-4 years old said the cuss word in our house "BABY". He looked at me and as I rolled my eyes he smiled at me. Maybe he does understand a little that they just don't know how old he is or even understand how it hurts him and me to hear common phrases.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

hello and goodbye to dreams

I was thinking after my last geneticist appointment how good everything with Coleman has gone. I remember how that first visit was and how scared I felt. I remember the word hypochondroplasia coming out of the doctors mouth and wondering if he sneezed or if I was lost? He had the worst colic known to man and a crooked back and he wouldn't drink his formula? Now all these words, like hypochondroplasia, dwarfism, bone scans, growth hormones and skeletal displasia make sense and are apart of my world. I have gone through so many emotions, from wondering if something was wrong, to knowing something was wrong. I have cried, smiled, informed, been informed, prayed, been OK, been not so OK. Now he is 3 years old and running, playing, talking, and living like a normal child. Sometimes we have to say goodbye to our dreams of what we thought life would be like and say hello to a new dream, a better dream. God has plans for Coleman and this is what it is. "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord ; Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a future and a hope. " God has a plan for us as parents too. To learn and grow as Christians and to help our children do the same.

Friday, February 12, 2010

the day that goes on and on my friend

OK so this day has lasted for-ev-ver. I have been a little down lately, no a lot down. After my Nana died last summer it seems everything has gone down hill. Coleman got his growth hormones which is a blessing but a huge burden. A huge responsibility. Then our endocrinologist left the area so we have to find a new one. Carter has had his ups and downs.Dr. Blanton found a tumor on the inside of my leg, have to get it removed, Coleman's tonsils have to come out because he cant breath and it looks like he swallowed a pillow. Yesterday it snowed, and it never snows in Louisiana. It was muddy but fun, so I let the boys go outside at 3:10, at 3:15 we were in the car headed to Dr.Ritch's to get stitches. He fell outside, the dog ran into him and Coco hit his head again. Luckily he only had to get glue. We came home exhausted and got in the bed early. About midnight Carter started dry heaving and throwing up bile. So needless to say I still have not slept.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

oh Shot where are you??

OK ,so I got a quick call that I needed to be at a funeral in TN in a day in a half. Wow. So we had Awana Wednesday night and I needed to leave on Thursday. It stormed and rained all night. I woke up late, so I couldn't pack. We went to school, picked up Carter, I packed and put everything in the car in pouring rain. I forgot Coleman's needles / alcohol pads so I went back home to get it. Then I left the whole thing at home. Crap! now have to miss two days of CoCo shots. GRRRRR!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

snot, I forgot

I went to give Coleman his growth hormone shot last night . The medication has to be kept in the refrigerator, and it was not where I usually put it. Then I looked in the box where we keep the needles and alcohol wipes and...Oh snot I forgot to put it back in the refrigerator. Luckily I only had a few days left of that vile and so David exchanged it for me. Whew, this is complicated sometimes.


spring 2011